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Don Anderson

Acting Executive Director

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Suzanne Starkiewicz

Case Manager

Suzanne started volunteering at the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2015. Her time at VBIS has been an extremely positive experience and she couldn’t be more thrilled to now be working with such a great team. Suzanne has always had a passion for working with people and has an interest in neuroscience. She recently received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria. Suzanne is ready to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to VBIS. She has been inspired by the strength and perseverance of brain injury survivors and their families. Suzanne is excited to be an advocate and provide support for the clients at VBIS. She also has a background in performing arts and enjoys singing, dancing, and going to shows whenever she can.  Suzanne loves travelling, the ocean, dolphins, rock climbing, skiing, and cuddling with her cat. 

Leidi Fortner

Case Manager

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.

Brooke Pettinger

Case Manager

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Brooke was born and raised in Victoria, a true islander. She appreciates the beauty of the west coast and understands the vital relationship between nature, healing and the Self. She graduated from the Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) program from Camosun College in 2016 where she received the Dr. Alastair and Janet Baird Award honouring students in Health and Human Services programs striving to develop knowledge and frontline skills with the intention of engaging in direct care for individuals with mental health issues. Brooke demonstrates exceptional qualities of empathy, respect, facilitative leadership, and a strong commitment to promoting advocacy for individuals and families who are living with challenges. Brooke is passionate about promoting independence and equality for everyone. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Social Work through Vancouver Island University. When she is not at work you can find her studying for her Equine Facilitated Wellness Certification, on a riding adventure with her horses, or spending quality time with all her other beloved critters.

Sarrah Boyer

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarrah came to the Victoria Brain Injury Society in 2017 as a reception volunteer, and later joined our Inreach Team. In June 2018 she was brought on the staff team as the Office Administrator, and now she is our Volunteer Coordinator! Sarrah is extremely excited to be in the role of Volunteer Coordinator, and is delighted to work with our fabulous team of volunteers and Peer Supporters. She currently finishing up her last year at the University of Victoria completing her 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. 

Jaime Traynor

Intake Coordinator

Jaime is delighted to be working as the Intake Coordinator with the Victoria Brain Injury Society, and to have the opportunity to support clients and facilitate access to VBIS’ programs and services. Originally from the prairies, Jaime completed an undergraduate degree in Recreation and Health Education at the University of Victoria in 2010, and recently moved back to the island to be closer to family. Jaime has worked and volunteered in a variety of government and non-profit settings, both in Canada and abroad. Outside of her work with VBIS, Jaime volunteers with KidSport and the Saanich Volunteer Services Society, facilitates a peer support group for people living with a mental health condition, and enjoys travelling and getting out to dance, theatre, lectures, and events and activities happening around the city.

Luke Jensen

Accounting Clerk

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.

Carmen Eisenhauer

Music Therapist

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.

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