Vyda’s long involvement with the Canadian Unitarian Council – first as a Board member, then as Board President, chair of two national CUC task forces, and in a number of other volunteer roles – helped her form strong relationships within the UU faith community. When she took on the staff role of Executive Director, that network of relationships became a solid base in helping build vital Unitarian communities in Canada. Her collaborative style of leadership and management is conducive to developing positive relationships and productive team building.
In addition to her experience within the Unitarian Universalist movement, Vyda has extensive prior experience working with vulnerable populations such as people living with mental health challenges, survivors of abuse, the elderly, LGBTQ+ community, women and children, as well as young offenders. This counseling and advocacy work have contributed to her skills in working with people with diverse points of view. Her experiences both within the UU movement and in other non-profit environments have built her leadership capabilities.
Vyda is the single parent of three young adults. Originally from Malaysia, she came to Canada as a student, and has lived in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and St. John’s. She now makes her home in Ontario.