Our Board of Directors
Don graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC and continued his studies at the University of Victoria where he earned a Master of Arts degree in political science. His graduate thesis traced the development of human rights legislation here in British Columbia.
He moved from the academic world to work directly for elected representatives in Canada at both the national and provincial level. During this time, Don had the privilege to assist in driving legislative changes (many of which stand to this day) that led directly to increased women’s health and safety as well as a number of initiatives to improve environmental protection. Don was the Executive Director for issues management in the Office of the Premier during the 1990s and later the Director of Research for the Official Opposition.
Since 2007, the focus of his work with Dialogue Research Inc. centers on enhanced public engagement and participation in our governing institutions. Most recently, he taught a course in public policy analysis in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria and currently he is a Sessional Instructor with the Justice Institute of BC where he offers an on-line course in local government.
Don enjoys the rewards and frustrations of caring for the small piece of green that surrounds his home, golf and time spent with friends, family and community - all in equal measure depending on the day.
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.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Wyatt is a civil trial and appeal lawyer licensed in British Columbia and Washington state. Currently practicing with Campbell, Renaud Trial Lawyers in Victoria, Wyatt has had extensive experience assisting clients on both sides of the border in dealing with the after-effects of traumatically-acquired brain injuries. Wyatt takes pride in keeping up to date with the rapidly-evolving science behind our understanding of the long-term sequelae of post-concussive injuries so as to better explain his clients’ circumstances to judges and juries. He has served as a board member for the British Columbia Wrongful Death Law Reform Society and is a past editorial board member and ongoing contributor to The Verdict, the Trial Lawyer’s Association of BC’s quarterly magazine.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law in Tucson, Wyatt has resided in British Columbia since 2004. He lives in Victoria with his wife, two daughters and a rotating menagerie of small pets.
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.
Lynn Chenier, BScN, MA, Certified Meditation Instructor, Strategic Intervention Coach, & Reiki Master Practitioner. She has earned her Undergraduate Degree in Nursing and went on to practice in world-renowned teaching hospitals. Lynn later pursued her Masters Degree, and wrote her graduate thesis in the area of Food Democracy & the Construction of Risk in the Canadian and UK Media.
In 2004, Lynn experienced a near-death experience from a high speed highway accident. She suffered a head injury with extensive orthopaedic injuries, which resulted in a lengthy rehabilitation. She’s fully recovered and hopes to inspire people through her own perspective regarding the challenges of recovery. Today, as a Mindfulness Coach and Health Consultant, Lynn uses her experience and personal relationships to get results for all her clients. Lynn serves as an inspiration for mindfulness and never stops trying to bring another win for her clients.
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Gerald is educated in business administration, with over 25 years as a builder and developer. He is the president and chief executive officer 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.