Our Board of Directors

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Our Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction of NBIS, and helps us form community partnerships that support our Peer Support, Education, and Navigator Programs.  We are grateful for their dedication. Learn more about becoming a NBIS Board Member.

 

Jamie Dunnett, President

Dr. Jamie Dunnett works as a physical therapist in Nanaimo assisting patients with varying degrees of severity of brain injuries. Brain injury rehabilitation has been a passion of his since graduating from UBC in 2005. In 2015, Jamie completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Saint Augustine.  A collaborative approach to rehabilitation is important for optimal outcomes and the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society facilitates a cohesive team effort. It is an honour for him to sit on the board of directors for an organization with this mission.

Heather Stadler, Vice President

Heather Stadler is a retired Human Resources Professional and is committed to volunteering in her community.  With over 35 years of experience in the education sector, she gets pleasure in supporting others through her work.  Her background has given her a range of leadership, guidance and mentoring skills.  She appreciates opportunites to collaborate with others to iniatiate new balanced programs that streamline business processes.

Christine McAuley, Treasurer

Christine moved to Nanaimo in 1997 with her husband Brad when they bought Kwik Kopy Design Print Centre (KKP). Since 1997, Christine has been involved with several local not for profits. She is past president of Rotary Nanaimo Daybreak, past campaign chair for the United Way of Central Northern Vancouver Island, past chair of Literacy Nanaimo, Board member of the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society and most recently, past chair of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. She is currently the Patron Manager of the Vancouver Island Symphony. Christine has a passion for helping others and is excited to be working with NBIS.

 

 

Ashleigh Wasner, Secretary

Ashleigh is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, with training through the Brain Injury Association of America as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She is currently the Director of Care for Bill’s Place Support Services which provides housing and personalized support to individuals whose lives have been impacted by acquired brain injury. Ashleigh works directly with families, multidisciplinary teams, and individuals with brain injuries ranging from mild to severe. Along with volunteering as a member of the NBIS Board, Ashleigh also presents NBIS's "Understanding Brain Injury" public workshop.  When not working and volunteerting Ashleigh enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband a four kids.

Wendy Pratt  

Wendy Pratt joined the NBIS board in December 2018 and comes with in-depth experience of the non-profit world including client based volunteering, board/governance work, and administration.   She finished her career after 15 years as Executive Director of Nanaimo Community Hospice during which time she served for 8 years on the boards of the BC and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Associations. She was also President of the Vancouver island Federation of Hospices for 6 years and chaired many local working groups related to this sector of health care.   Wendy is a native daughter of Nanaimo, she has two grown sons and four grandchildren, and is excited to be able to continue to contribute to building a healthy and vibrant community through the work of NBIS.

Tom Grauman

Tom has had a lifetime involvement with non-profits, both as a social worker and board member. Until he retired a year ago, he was the Executive Director of Columbian Centre Society. He has taught at universities in Canada, the United States, and México. Tom and his wife Wendy have three grown children and have called Nanaimo home for 13 years. He has been helping NBIS for more than a year to enhance its governance policies and practices.

 

Dr. Tony Robertson

Dr. Tony Robertson is Professor of Psychology at VIU, Nanaimo and Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Victoria’s Department of Psychology and Graduate Studies. He received his PhD in psychology and neuroscience from Carleton University, Ottawa and went on to conduct Neuropsychological research at Simon Fraser University’s Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology. In addition to his 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Robertson has given numerous presentations on cognitive neuroscience and rehabilitation, and has written widely on the topic of the brain and brain injury.

Dr. Dylan Kozlick 

Dylan practices law in Nanaimo where he represents clients who have been injured, including individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries in motor vehicle collisions or other accidents. Prior to his career in law, Dylan was a practicing chiropractor. After an injury prevented him from continuing in that career, he attended one of the country’s top law schools at the University of Victoria. He is one of only two practicing lawyers in Canada with a background as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Through his various roles, Dylan is committed to improving the quality of life of those who have been injured.