Who We Are

The Victoria Brain Injury Society is made up of an incredible team of staff, board members, and partners with diverse backgrounds and skills.

Our Staff

Pam Prewett

Pam Prewett

Executive Director

With more than 20 years of fundraising and community outreach experience, Pam thrives and gains pure enjoyment in…

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With more than 20 years of fundraising and community outreach experience, Pam thrives and gains pure enjoyment in seeing people achieving success and maximizing their abilities. She knows the importance of developing a strong internal culture, one that values creating a positive work environment and that encourages healthy doses of fun and play.

Throughout her career, Pam has worked with organizations across a wide range of nonprofit areas – from social service to health care to politics. She is innovative and pursues the possible to get the job done. As VBIS’s Executive Director, her goal is simple – to empower VBIS and its staff to differentiate themselves and navigate challenges, realize opportunities, and build excitement for the future. And at the end of a successful project or a particularly challenging day, she enjoys a glass of Tempest – Ortega from Enrico Winery in Mill Bay.

Myles Beaman-Dodd

Myles Beaman-Dodd

Operations Coordinator

Myles is a Victoria local, born and raised, with a degree in Geography and Anthropology from the University of…

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Myles is a Victoria local, born and raised, with a degree in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Victoria. With experience working in a wide variety of non-profit environments, he’s excited to be a part of the VBIS Team. Myles is most passionate about building community and providing people with places where they can belong. When not working, he enjoys cycling, creative writing, and board games with friends.

Kayla Brent

Kayla Brent

Marketing Coordinator

Kayla approaches VBIS with a diverse background in public, private, and non-profit service. Formerly a zipline tour…

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Kayla approaches VBIS with a diverse background in public, private, and non-profit service. Formerly a zipline tour guide, she craves adventure and is guided in all of her pursuits by compassion, curiosity, and creativity. Kayla is finishing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria with an emphasis on sustainable food systems, restoration ecology, and community development, but also has an incredible passion for viticulture.

When not at VBIS, you can find Kayla working in the tasting room at Saanich-based winery, Rathjen Cellars, or butchering the French language with her partner, Jordan. Kayla also enjoys poetry, hiking with her parents, and making cheese for her friends.

Briar Mayoh

Briar Mayoh

Intake and Case Manager

Briar began at VBIS in early 2021 while helping with a cognitive intervention research study. With her passion for…

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Briar began at VBIS in early 2021 while helping with a cognitive intervention research study. With her passion for learning about the brain, she obtained a BSc in neurobiology and psychology and hopes to continue her education in public health. Briar is excited to bring her experience working with non-profit organizations and working with people with brain injuries, along with her educational background, into her role as a Case Manager at VBIS.

In her free time, Briar enjoys playing sports, completing sudokus, and interacting with as many dogs as possible!

Leidi Fortner

Leidi Fortner

Case Manager

Leidi came to the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2008 from Prince George Brain Injury Group, where she worked with…

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Leidi came to the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2008 from the Prince George Brain Injury Group, where she worked with survivors of brain injury and their family members. Leidi has a nursing background with many years of experience in the medical field. She worked in the addictions field, which connected her to individuals who had experienced a brain injury. Leidi now has a wealth of experience working directly with survivors.

Leidi enjoys travelling, photography, and long walks in beautiful places around Victoria.

Ian Bermeo

Ian Bermeo

Case Manager

Ian has labored, laughed, lived, and learned on the traditional territories of the WSANEC, Esquimalt, and Songhees…

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Ian has labored, laughed, lived, and learned on the traditional territories of the WSANEC, Esquimalt, and Songhees people for the past 30 years. He studied Psychology at UVic and has spent the last decade working with people who live with diverse abilities. Ian is drawn to this work after growing up surrounded by friends and family who are neurodiverse. He has seen their unique contributions to the world while witnessing their particular challenges with it. Ian is honored to walk beside those who face these challenges. It’s what he’s for.

When he’s not working, Ian can be found riding his bike, driving on the other side of his car, fathering two beautiful teens, husbanding a Queen, and researching Hip-Hop minutiae.

Jamie Morrison

Jamie Morrison

Volunteer Coordinator

Jamie began volunteering with VBIS in 2020. She started as a reception volunteer and was given the opportunity of…

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Jamie began volunteering with VBIS in 2020. She started as a reception volunteer and was given the opportunity of Outreach Coordinator in 2021. Having a close family member with brain injury is what inspired Jamie to come to VBIS. She is grateful for the opportunity to spread awareness of brain injury amongst her community while working alongside the amazing staff and volunteers at VBIS.

Jamie is currently in her fourth year at the University of Victoria, pursuing a degree in biology with a concentration in neurobiology. She has a strong interest in research and medicine relating to the brain and neurological disorders. Outside of work Jamie enjoys being with her friends, hiking, crocheting and reading brain-related books.

Syd Waddington

Syd Waddington

Program Coordinator

Syd first got involved at VBIS by helping with a cognitive intervention research study in early 2021. Afterwards, she was…

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Syd first got involved at VBIS by helping with a cognitive intervention research study in early 2021. Afterwards, she was offered the opportunity of Program Facilitator. Syd has always felt passionate about supporting the brain injury community, as she has both personal experience and an educational understanding of acquired brain injuries.

Syd’s favorite aspect of VBIS is having the chance to connect with individuals on a deeper level, listening to their unique stories and perspectives. When Syd is not at VBIS she can be found sipping tea in the library, as she is actively studying towards a career in pediatric psychiatry. Whereas outside of work and study, Syd’s favorite pastimes are playing with her bulldog George, paddle boarding on the ocean, and enjoying long Sunday afternoon car rides.

Carmen Eisenhauer

Carmen Eisenhauer

Music Therapist

Carmen is an Accredited Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Capilano University. Carmen has a…

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Carmen is an Accredited Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Capilano University. Carmen has a wealth of experience in using music to work with populations that have cognitive impairments. She is also a highly experienced musician who has performed throughout Europe and is a skilled vocalist, guitar, and piano player.

Jordyn Tattersall

Jordyn Tattersall

Special Projects Coordinator

Jordyn is a new addition to VBIS for Summer 2022. She is very excited to work with such a passionate and well-rounded…

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Jordyn is a new addition to VBIS for Summer 2022. She is very excited to work with such a passionate and well-rounded team on various new ventures. Originally from West Kelowna BC, Jordyn has been living in Victoria for the last three years studying at UVic towards a degree in biology with a minor in business. She looks forward to gaining practical business experience while incorporating her passions for neuroscience and leadership. Outside of work and school Jordyn enjoys playing basketball, trying out new coffee shops, skiing, baking, and exploring Vancouver Island! 

Alex Gould

Alex Gould

Content Writer

A graduate of the University of Victoria’s creative writing program, Alex is honoured to join the Victoria Brain Injury Society…

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A graduate of the University of Victoria’s creative writing program, Alex is honoured to join the Victoria Brain Injury Society, where he’ll be able to combine his passion for writing with his desire to foster a more empathetic and caring world. He looks forward to learning further about VBIS and the community they serve, as well as helping them to tell their story so that they can secure the support they need.

Alex has spent time working as a marketing specialist, a landscaper, and as a jack-of-all-trades for his father’s mediation practice. Volunteering for the Victoria Disability Resource Centre since the fall of 2021 has been a rewarding experience for Alex, and he looks forward to contributing to another non-profit.

When not working, Alex enjoys trying to keep up with his partner while they swim, paddleboard, and hike around Vancouver Island.

Our Board of Directors

Gerald Hartwig

Gerald Hartwig

President

Gerald is educated in business administration, with over 25 years as a builder and developer. He is the…

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Gerald is educated in business administration, with over 25 years as a builder and developer. He is the President and CEO of Hartwig Industries, a boutique real estate development and property investment company that also invests in start-up companies. Gerald balances an active portfolio of commercial properties, quality developments, and several companies with a healthy West Coast Lifestyle of kiteboarding, rock climbing, surfing, sailing, martial arts, cycling, and skiing.

Gerald has endured twelve concussions through adventurous activities. He is passionate about helping the community through his first-hand experience of living through concussions and rehabilitation. An active community supporter, Gerald has volunteered on boards and committees such as SPCA, Oak Bay Sea Rescue, Visions Victoria, Victoria Construction Association, Western Pacific Bank Advisory Board, Victoria Cycling Committee, and many more. Gerald enjoys mentoring, goal setting, and helping others discover a path to a fulfilling life. In his spare time, he continues to live an active lifestyle and is enriched by spending quality time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and rescue dog.

Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones

Treasurer

Trevor grew up in Victoria BC. He graduated with honors from the University of Victoria BCom Program in 2004…

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Trevor grew up in Victoria BC. He graduated with honors from the University of Victoria BCom Program in 2004 and obtained a CA, CPA with KPMG in 2007, and a US CPA with DMCL in 2010. Trevor joined Terapeak (Canada) Inc. in November 2010 and completed the sale of Terapeak to eBay Inc. on December 22, 2017, as its CFO/COO. Currently employed by LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. where he serves as CFO, Trevor is also Co-Founder & CFO of Icekap Therapeutics Inc. where they design, manufacture and distribute a patented migraine relief device and other wellness products. Trevor also volunteers with Scouts Canada, and is an avid cyclist, husband, and father to 2 young boys.

Shannon Kowalko

Shannon Kowalko

Secretary

A third-generation Victorian, Shannon has been in the marketing and community engagement industry for 30 years. She…

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A third-generation Victorian, Shannon has been in the marketing and community engagement industry for 30 years. She has worked with great teams at local pillars of the community including Payless Gas, C-FAX 1070, and the Times Colonist.  Her dynamic career has also seen her, along with her family, bring the BCHL hockey franchise then known as the Victoria Salsa to the city and, more recently, help manage the PR and marketing for 10 Acres Restaurants and Farm. Today, she has her own small marketing and PR event planning business where she enjoys working with like-minded, community-conscious organizations in the city she is so proud to live in. 

Varun Dhaul

Varun Dhaul

Director at Large

Varun is a recent Bachelor of Commerce Graduate from the Gustavon School of Business at the University of Victoria…

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Varun is a recent Bachelor of Commerce Graduate from the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. After working for various law firms, Varun developed compassion and understanding for those affected by various brain injuries. He has also developed an understanding and commitment to sustainability via the Gustavson School of Business and a Co-op term at the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Varun grew up in Victoria and is dedicated to the community and prides himself in volunteering his time in any way he may be able to. Recently completing an internship with Colliers International and having been a volunteer at VBIS, Varun will provide business and operational input to the board.

Adam Harnden

Adam Harnden

Director at Large

Adam came to VBIS in 2019, bringing with him expertise developed during a long career in the tech industry. Getting his…

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Adam came to VBIS in 2019, bringing with him expertise developed during a long career in the tech industry. Getting his start in gaming, Adam worked his way up from soldering circuit boards back in 1998 to becoming the youngest assistant producer in the industry just three years later. In 2006 he founded his own company, The Adam James Group, a digital marketing consultancy specializing in bespoke marketing solutions for locally run businesses.

As a brain aneurysm survivor himself, Adam is honored for the opportunity to contribute to VBIS; he is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of other people working through the complexities of brain injury. Adam lives in Victoria, where he splits his time between business ownership, philanthropic work, and raising his young daughter.

Natalie Benson

Natalie Benson

Director at Large

Natalie completed her BCom at Royal Roads University while working in group homes supporting integration for a…

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Natalie completed her BCom at Royal Roads University while working in group homes supporting integration for a diverse group of people with cognitive, behavioral, and genetic challenges or a combination thereof. In 2015, she completed her MBA and left her role at the Trustee’s Office to partner with her husband to develop, then subsequently acquire their family business which has been locally owned and operated in Victoria for more than 40 years.

With a mixed background in social service and construction, Natalie is passionate about supporting new business and entrepreneurship and is a mother to two astonishing, bright, and active children. Resonating with the challenges of navigating invisible disabilities both from work and personal experience, Natalie is delighted to assist VBIS and to re-join a community advocating for under-represented populations.

Tyler Dolan

Tyler Dolan

Director at Large

Tyler is responsible for the execution of Colliers business strategy on Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. Tyler’s…

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Tyler is responsible for the execution of Colliers business strategy on Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. Tyler’s priorities include business development, employee engagement, professional development, recruiting, financial management and performance, market identity, and public relations.

As an advocate for giving back to your community, Tyler has volunteered with many organizations and participated as a board and committee member with the Urban Development Institute, Downtown Victoria Business Association, and the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association.

In his free time, Tyler can be found at the hockey rink or lacrosse box with his three boys, or trail running, hiking, or biking.

Barbara Phillips

Barbara Phillips

Director at Large

Barbara is a physiotherapist and co-owner of Ergo Rehabilitation Inc., a company that provides case management services and…

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Barbara is a physiotherapist and co-owner of Ergo Rehabilitation Inc., a company that provides case management services and cost of future care reports for injured clients. She has also worked extensively in home and community care rehabilitation services, providing assessment, treatment and education for clients, families and caregivers. She has treated brain injured clients of all ages in both home and residential settings over the 40 years of her career. She has volunteered on the Board of the community medical equipment loan service for the Western Communities since its inception 14 years ago. Her life is enriched by her children, four grandchildren and her garden.

Danielle Toth

Danielle Toth

Director at Large

Danielle graduated from the University of Victoria law school in 2020 and is currently completing her articles at Acheson Law…

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Danielle graduated from the University of Victoria law school in 2020 and is currently completing her articles at Acheson Law. Prior to attending law school, Danielle obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology in 2011 and graduated with Dean’s List Honours. Her background in psychology, coupled with her work in the area of personal injury law, has given Danielle a unique understanding of the countless ways that a brain injury can affect an individual and those closest to them. Danielle is a firm believer in the importance of organizations such as the Victoria Brain Injury Society, which offer support to individuals who have suffered a brain injury.

Originally from Vancouver, Danielle appreciates the special sense of connectedness that permeates Victoria. She is passionate about helping those who are managing a brain injury and believes that a community of support, like the one offered by the Victoria Brain Injury Society, is invaluable for these individuals and their families.

Danielle is an athlete and in her spare time loves to cycle, snowboard, hike, and play golf. She is also an avid runner and weightlifter.

Katherine Walker

Katherine Walker

Director at Large

Katherine is a working professional with 30 years of project management and 15 years of organizational leadership and…

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Katherine is a working professional with 30 years of project management and 15 years of organizational leadership and strategic partnerships experience. Her early career included several San Francisco Bay Area tech start-ups in sales operations management roles, playing a key role in the integration of people and systems for mergers and acquisitions.

While working at Microsoft in worldwide operations, Katherine oversaw their largest manufacturing, distribution, and customer support vendor for North America and later oversaw Microsoft Certified Professional division’s global benefits program. After relocating to Victoria, BC to embark on an entrepreneurial journey with her husband and raise two boys, she had several senior management roles in business development, legal governance, and the project management and launch of seven new adventure parks.

Katherine currently provides organizational design and people strategy consulting services utilizing a platform of behavioral science and performance tools to build high-performing teams. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from Dominican University in California.

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Victoria Brain Injury Society

Units C, D & E 830 Pembroke Street
Victoria, B.C. V8T 1H9

Phone: 250-598-9339

Email: admin@vbis.ca