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.

Gordon Harper

Founder & Strategic Advisor

Gordon Harper

Founder & Strategic Advisor

Gordon developed the concept for Umbrella Society during his struggle with addiction and subsequent recovery. Drawing from a lengthy career as a social activist and his background in education and leadership, his vision for a peer-based support organization has been instrumental to those battling and affected by addictions. Finding absolute joy in his recovery, he spends his downtime relaxing with his partner, Alice, watching baseball, and searching for rare rhythm-and-blues music.

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 | Supportive Recovery

Christopher Hancock

Peer Outreach | Supportive Recovery

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

Peer Outreach | Pandora Clinic Project

Angela Corrigall

Peer Outreach | Pandora Clinic Project

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 with her partner.

Evan James

Peer Outreach | Supportive Recovery

Evan James

Peer Outreach | Supportive Recovery

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.

Coralee Fletcher

Peer Outreach

Coralee Fletcher

Peer Outreach

Coralee is a natural fit as an outreach worker for the Umbrella Society with her strong background in health care. Turning to the Umbrella Society as a resource during her own struggles with mental health and addictions, Coralee has experienced its benefits first-hand and is grateful to share her journey to wellness with those who are affected.

Terry Speller

Family Counselling | Supportive Recovery

Terry Speller

Family Counselling | Supportive Recovery

Terry’s 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 with his sweetheart, strolling Victoria’s waterfront.

Jenny Dagg

Physician’s Pilot Project

Jenny Dagg

Physician’s Pilot Project

For Jenny, a fateful seat at a meeting beside our founder Gordon Harper translated into a career with the Umbrella Society. Although her background in floral design and childbirth deviate from her current role, she draws on the creativity and compassion she honed in those fields to provide exceptional service to people affected by addiction. Her philosophy for care comes from the quote by Ram Daas, “We’re all just walking each other home.” Jenny is the proud mother of four adult children who have quickly made her a grandmother to three active grandchildren. 

Jason Page

SAMI Team

Jason Page

SAMI Team

Jason tries to live by Rule #62: don’t take yourself too seriously! This idea, combined with his background in person-centered therapy, allow him to connect to clients on a personal level. Jason earned a certificate in Mental Health and Addictions from Camosun College and was the recipient of the Mental Health and Addictions Certificate Award 2014 from the Greater Victoria Police Department. Jason loves spending time with his family, hiking with their three dogs, or watching the Victoria Royals on home-ice.

Pamela Harris

SAMI Team

Pamela Harris

SAMI Team

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.

Louise Takhar

SAMI Team | RAAC Clinic

Louise Takhar

SAMI Team | RAAC Clinic

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.

Conor Rosen

Supportive Recovery

Conor Rosen

Supportive Recovery

Conor has recently joined our team working weekends at Foundation House, part of our Supportive Recovery Program. 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.

Aaron Samways

Supportive Recovery

Aaron Samways

Supportive Recovery

While residing at Foundation House, Aaron got his start working in addictions. Realizing that listening to others was one of his strengths, he established himself as a confidante and transitioned his role to become a compassionate team member for the Umbrella Society. Aaron acknowledges that his work with others solidifies his own recovery and looks forward to a bright future.