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.

 

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.

REBECCA WOOD

REBECCA WOOD

CASE MANAGER

Rebecca first came to the Victoria Brain Injury Society as a university practicum student. After finishing her Bachelor of Social Work degree with the University of Victoria…

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After finishing her Bachelor of Social Work degree with the University of Victoria, Rebecca has returned to work with our team as a Case Manager. Rebecca brings skills from her previous work in social service fields related to people with disabilities, mental health, and addictions. She is passionate about creating meaningful working relationships and fostering a sense of community with others, for which VBIS is the perfect platform. Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her dog Frankie, hiking in the backcountry of Vancouver Island, camping, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.

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.

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.

JAMIE MORRISON

JAMIE MORRISON

OUTREACH 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.

DEE COLPITS

DEE COLPITS

RECORDS COORDINATOR

Dee started volunteering with VBIS in January 2020 so she could get involved…

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Dee started volunteering with VBIS in January 2020 so she could get involved in the community shortly after moving to Victoria from Surrey. She is a third-year psychology student at the University of Victoria and hopes to work in health and medicine in the future. She is involved in neuroscience research at the university which focuses on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders and possible treatments. She also works at Victoria General Hospital in the emergency department and loves interacting with patients and staff who are as passionate about providing care as she is. When she isn’t working or studying, she enjoys swimming in the Gorge, dancing badly, and playing with her pet mouse, Nately.

TOM KERR

TOM KERR

SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Tom is moving into his third year of commerce at the University of Victoria…

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Tom is moving into his third year of commerce at the University of Victoria with an interest in project and event management. With his co-op position at the Victoria Brain Injury Society, he is excited to be working for such a valuable cause over the summer and hopes to continue with non-profit organizations in the future. When not at work or school, Tom enjoys playing disk-golf, taking photos and listening to music.

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.

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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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