Sharlene Law

Executive Director

Sharlene Law

Executive Director

Sharlene devotes her time to helping all walks of life, from those struggling with addiction to animals large and small. With a strong administrative background and eight years of working in outreach, her promotion to Executive Director is a natural fit – and an asset to our clients and their families. When she needs to unwind, Sharlene harnesses the power of 80’s hair bands, enjoys baking cookies, loves road tripping with friends, and spending time with her two independent and adventurous adult daughters.

Bronwyn Farley

Admin

Bronwyn Farley

Admin

Bronwyn is the friendly face and voice of the Umbrella Society and is often the first point of contact for those seeking assistance. After witnessing Umbrella’s work in the community, Brownyn admittedly pestered her way into a job! She draws a great sense of privilege from helping others at their time of need and offering comfort in times of vulnerability. Bronwyn loves to spend time off with her kids, trying to get them to eat the wide variety of food she cooks, while singing along to her record player.

Christopher Hancock

Peer Outreach | Foundation House

Christopher Hancock

Peer Outreach | Foundation House

Christopher turned to the Umbrella Society during his own battle with addiction and experienced the invaluable benefits first-hand. With the ability to draw on his own journey, he is passionate about helping others achieve the same growth, working in outreach since May 2012. Savouring quiet moments to read and enjoy the outdoors helps Christopher find balance.

Angela Corrigall

Pandora Clinic | Hudson House

Angela Corrigall

Pandora Clinic | Hudson House

When searching for a job after her own recovery, the first posting Angela came across was for an outreach worker at the Umbrella Society – and she immediately knew it was meant to be. Angela pours her heart into her work, fueled by the compassion of her colleagues and the openness and willingness of those seeking support. When she’s ready to relax, Angela explores the beauty of Vancouver Island.

Evan James

Foundation House | AMCS

Evan James

Foundation House | AMCS

Evan draws strength from living a sober life and attributes the support of the Umbrella Society to his own recovery. As an outreach worker, he is inspired by the courage of those seeking support and their willingness to open up. Evan’s greatest sense of accomplishment comes from witnessing lives being transformed while living his own wellness journey. He is a proud father of two kids and, in his downtime, can be found drumming for the band Dryspell.

Pamela Harris

Peer Outreach

Pamela Harris

Peer Outreach

Having overcome addictions of her own, Pamela wanted to strengthen the freedom of her recovery by supporting others going through a similar struggle. Helping others find a sense of empowerment in recovery is what gives Pamela the greatest sense of accomplishment in her work at the Umbrella Society. The beauty of the city of Victoria and support of her friends and family provide Pamela the balance to live a sober life.

Terry Speller

Family Counselling | Foundation House

Terry Speller

Family Counselling | Foundation House

Terry has a Masters Degree in Education with a specialty in Counseling. His treatment philosophy is to see the humanity behind the person seeking recovery options – not simply the problem. Terry came to Umbrella after working in counselling and recovery because he found that the Society had an approach to treatment for addictions that he could identify with.

Terry spends his downtime strolling Victoria’s waterfront.

Lesley Easton

SAMI Team

Lesley Easton

SAMI Team

Lesley’s personal journey of recovery led her to an education in Mental Health & Addictions from Camosun College and gave her valuable experience in the helping field. When the opportunity to work for the Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health arose she jumped at the chance to embrace a new role.

Lesley loves working with the SAMI team, meeting people where they are at and helping to create connections to supports and services in the community.

When she’s not working, Lesley enjoys spending time outdoors exploring Vancouver Island or practicing yoga and meditation at her neighborhood studio.

Robyn Bryson

Doctors Project

Robyn Bryson

Doctors Project

Robyn’s empathetic nature, combined with an interest in supporting others, led her to pursue a diploma in Community Family and Child Studies, and a Degree in Child and Youth Care.  Through her education she discovered a passion for helping others to recognize their own strengths. A desire to use her skills, and connect in a meaningful way, led her to seek out a career with The Umbrella Society.  Robyn finds balance in her life through creative expression, and spending time in nature.

Louise Takhar

RAAC Clinic | SAMI Team

Louise Takhar

RAAC Clinic | SAMI Team

After forging her own path to recovery and accessing outpatient services, Louise was drawn to a career in addictions support. With a natural ability to connect with people, an education in Mental Health and Addictions from Camosun College, and a fifteen-year career in the service industry, Louise is a natural fit for the SAMI program. Connecting with people at their most vulnerable and being able to offer client-centered services is the most rewarding part of her work. When she’s not working, Louise looks forward to sunny, summer days watching the Harbour Cats.

Dottie Stott

SAMI Team

Dottie Stott

SAMI Team

For the last 10+ years, Dottie has been fortunate to work in the mental health, addictions and supportive recovery field. Being engaged, ready to help and encourage others with compassion and kindness makes Dottie a perfect addition to the Umbrella/SAMI team.

Dottie loves being mom to her two adorable kids, cooking, music and live theatrical productions. One of her favourite quotes is “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” Les Miserables.

Caitlyn Marco

SAMI TEAM

Caitlyn Marco

SAMI TEAM

Caitlyn likes to live her life with a purpose. She believes her purpose is to somehow, in some small or large way, improve every person’s quality of life that she interacts with. Choosing a career that aligned with her purpose was an easy decision for her, and she hasn’t looked back since. She developed her knowledge through her education at Camosun College, studying Mental Health & Addictions.

When Caitlyn isn’t working she enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, reading a good book or spending time outdoors. It’s a bonus when she is able to combine all of those things!

Brian Calderwood

SAMI TEAM

Brian Calderwood

SAMI TEAM

Brian has had a long history with Umbrella, first coming to us as a client back in 2006. He has since built a strong foundation of recovery and has been sharing his passion for community social services and advocating for the marginalized population in Victoria for over 9 years.  Brian has returned to Umbrella in a peer support position with the SAMI team.  When not working in the field Brian likes to practice self-care behind the wheel racing at Western Speedway.

Conor Rosen

Foundation House

Conor Rosen

Foundation House

Conor works with the Umbrella Society at Foundation house as a casual on-call support worker. Having built a strong foundation for himself in his own recovery, Conor looks to give back what was freely given to him.  Conor enjoys acting, working out and playing the guitar.