Staff

Who We Are

VBIS is made up of some great people

PAM PREWETT

PAM PREWETT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Pam brings over 19 years of working in the non-profit sector in healthcare, social services…

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Pam brings over 18 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.

SUZANNE DALY

SUZANNE DALY

OFFICE MANAGER

Suzanne joined our team at the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2020 seeking new direction and fulfillment in her professional life…

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Born and raised in Ontario, Suzanne moved to Victoria in 1991 as a young adult. Quickly enchanted with west coast life, she has called Vancouver Island home since then. In 1998, while raising a young family, she obtained diplomas in legal administrative assistant and business computers. Until recently, Suzanne has focused her career in the corporate law administration field.

When not hard at work keeping us organized, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family and has recently discovered a passion for exploring the beauty of Vancouver Island and beyond. She has been known to enjoy spur of the moment ziplining adventures and “drop of the hat” hiking/camping trips! An avid reader, Suzanne enjoys a variety of fiction although Stephen King will always be a favourite. Quieter pastimes include crochet, cross stitch and painting.

 

SARRAH BOYER

SARRAH BOYER

CASE MANAGER

Sarrah came to the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2017 as a reception volunteer, and later joined….

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Sarrah joined the Victoria Brain Injury Society staff team in 2018 after volunteering with us for almost a year. She has worked as our Office Administrator, our Volunteer Coordinator, briefly as our Intake Coordinator, and is excited to now be taking on the role of Case Manager. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and plans to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, specializing in brain injury. She often brings her dog Lily with her to work, and Lily is an honorary volunteer! Sarrah’s combined passions for neuropsychology, helping people, and volunteering make the Victoria Brain Injury Society the perfect place for her. When not at work or school, she can be found at a beach, coaching youth girls’ basketball, or at a live music show. 

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.

CASS TORODE

CASS TORODE

CASE MANAGER

Having grown up in Vancouver, Cass left the mainland to pursue…

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Having grown up in Vancouver, Cass left the mainland to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Victoria. He previously worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as the Manager of an Applied Behaviour Analysis clinic. Cass has also volunteered with individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. He enjoys travelling, sushi, mountain biking, rowing and hiking. He has a passion for helping people and is excited to be exercising this passion through his position with the Victoria Brain Injury Society. 

JESSICA LAYTON

JESSICA LAYTON

SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Jessica is currently in her last year of Biopsychology at the University of Victoria…

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Jessica is currently in her last year of Biopsychology at the University of Victoria. In her first year of university, she anticipated pursuing a degree in Biology exclusively, but gravitated towards neuropsychology courses. Jessica began volunteering at the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2019, she found that she thoroughly enjoyed working with clients and was motivated to become more involved, and began working as a fundraiser and event planner when she applied for the ‘Special Projects Coordinator’ co-op position. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, hiking, travelling and trying new local restaurants. Additionally, she is very involved in mental health advocacy through the university and hopes to apply what she has learned at Victoria Brain Injury Society to working with individuals in a mental health-related field in the future. She is very grateful for the chance to utilize her passion for events planning to help bring awareness for individuals with traumatic brain injuries.

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 is an Accredited Music Therapist who holds a Bachelors Degree from Capilano University in Music Therapy and a Music Diploma.  She works with children and adults with neurological disorders including autism and brain injury. Carmen started her educational journey in the Okanagan studying classical voice, taking guitar and piano lessons and performing in her local community of Penticton. After graduating, she moved to Vancouver where she studied voice with professional instructors for eight years and sang and traveled with a small ensemble through Europe.  She met and married her husband while completing her Bachelors Degree and then moved to Vancouver Island to begin her career and raise a family that includes her two young children.

Carmen believes in the power that music can evoke to rehabilitate and heal lost abilities as well as gain new ones.  She shares her love of music with her clients through her voice and guitar.  After volunteering with the brain injury society for several months she became a staff member running a regular music group Tuesday afternoons.

LUKE JENSEN

LUKE JENSEN

ACCOUNTING CLERK

Having grown up surrounded by the orchards of Okanagan and the wild of the Cariboo, a small town heart….

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Having grown up surrounded by the orchards of Okanagan and the wild of the Cariboo, a small town heart with big city savvy is what British Columbia bred into Luke.  Like many teens of his generation he was caught by the itch to travel and after a few years seeing the world with his identical twin, Luke settled in Vancouver working in the restaurant industry.  

After developing a strong interest in finance, Luke moved to Victoria to attend UVIC in 2006 where he studied business, finance and accounting earning a BCOMM degree. Victoria, has a small town feel with all the conveniences of a big city so it was an easy decision for him to remain in Victoria after UVIC and call it home.  Upon graduation, a job with a local accounting firm and continuing his studies from home helped earn him his accounting credentials.

Having suffered a brain injury in 2010, Luke understands the struggle of those who have had brain trauma and is very grateful to be able to work for an organization that provides support for people with such injuries.

When time allows Luke can be found, playing pickup games of basketball, shredding Mt. Washington, trying to match his brother’s scorecard at one of the many amazing golf courses on the island or simply spending time with family and friends.

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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

 

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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.

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