Staff

Who We Are

VBIS is made up of some great people

PAM PREWETT

PAM PREWETT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Pam brings over 20 years of working in the non-profit sector in healthcare, social services…

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Pam brings over 20 years of working in the non-profit sector in healthcare, social services and the arts. Her experience in fundraising, strategic planning and partnership development are benefits she brings to VBIS. Prior to VBIS Pam worked for an international conference and association management company with predominantly neuroscience research organizations. When she is not a work Pam enjoys travelling, skiing and spending time on the water with paddle board.

KAYLA BRENT

KAYLA BRENT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kayla is currently in her final year of studies at the University of Victoria, pursuing a degree in…

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Kayla is currently in her final year of studies at the University of Victoria, pursuing a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies. She is new to the Victoria Brain Injury Society but is approaching the organization with tremendous excitement, curiosity, and a willingness to learn. Outside of school and work, Kayla loves to read, hike, and make cheese!

 

MYLES BEAMAN-DODD

MYLES BEAMAN-DODD

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Myles is a Victoria local, born and raised, with a background in Geography and Anthropology from UVic….

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Myles is a Victoria local, born and raised, with a background in Geography and Anthropology from UVic. With experience working in a variety of Non-profit and community organizations, he’s excited to join the VBIS team, learn, and grow. He’s 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.  

KIRBY WAY

KIRBY WAY

INTAKE COORDINATOR

Kirby started volunteering at The Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2019 because of his desire to help…

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Kirby started volunteering at The Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2019 because of his desire to help those in the community with his shared experience of brain injury. After getting more involved as a volunteer, he was excited to join the VBIS staff as the intake coordinator. Kirby grew up on the East Coast but moved out West to attend The University of Victoria. He is currently in his third year of a biopsychology degree. Kirby is passionate about brain injury support, advocacy, and awareness. He plans on continuing his education to work in health care focusing on individuals with traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions. He is also involved in a research program at The University of Victoria working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. When not at working or studying, Kirby can be found doing puzzles, running on Vancouver Island’s beautiful trails, or baking delicious treats.

 

LEIDI FORTNER

LEIDI FORTNER

CASE MANAGER

Leidi came to the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2008 from the Prince George Brain Injury Group…..

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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 traveling, photography and long walks in beautiful places around Victoria.

IAN BERMEO

IAN BERMEO

CASE MANAGER

Ian is a new addition to the Victoria Brain Injury Society. He has laboured, laughed, lived, and learned….

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Ian is a new addition to the Victoria Brain Injury Society. He has laboured, 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 honoured 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.

CARMEN EISENHAUER

CARMEN EISENHAUER

MUSIC THERAPIST

Carmen is an Accredited Music Therapist who holds a Bachelors Degree from Capilano University in Music Therapy….

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Carmen has a wealth of experince in using music to work with populations that have cognitive impairment. She is also a highly experienced musician who has performed throughout Europe and is a skilled volcalist, guitar and piano player.

JAMIE MORRISON

JAMIE MORRISON

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Jamie began volunteering with the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2020…

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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 third 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 through helping with a cognitive intervention research study …

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

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Location: Units C, D & E, 830 Pembroke Street
Victoria BC V8T 1H9

Telephone: (250) 598-9339

Email: info@vbis.ca

Hours: M-F: 9am – 3pm

Closed weekends

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

VBIS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

VBIS is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.