Sharlene

Executive Director

She/Her

Sharlene

Executive Director

She/Her

Sharlene devotes her time to helping all walks of life, from those struggling with addiction to animals large and small. When Sharlene joined Umbrella in 2008 she started doing outreach and admin, and in 2016 she moved into the role of  Executive Director.

When she needs to unwind, Sharlene harnesses the power of 80’s hair bands, enjoys baking cookies, loves traveling, and spending time with her two independent and adventurous adult daughters.

Bronwyn

Office Manager

She/Her

Bronwyn

Office Manager

She/Her

Bronwyn keeps the office running smoothly and the staff on track in her role of Office Manager. 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.

Blake

Program Manager

He/Him

Blake

Program Manager

He/Him

Blake has been in the business of helping others for the past 20 years.  Coming from a background working exclusively with youth, he brings his personal experiences and solid communication skills into the world of addictions support.  Blake’s relentless optimism, empathy and caring nature makes him a good fit for our dynamic team at the Umbrella Society.  In his personal life, Blake enjoys playing music, exercise, cooking, and spending quality time with his beautiful wife and children.

Jake

Sites Manager

He/Him

Jake

Sites Manager

He/Him

Jake draws on his education, as well as his own life experience, to connect with individuals who experience addiction and mental health concerns. Jake’s empathetic nature led him to pursue a role in which he could meet individuals where they are at and offer an authentic, kind and non-judgmental approach to providing support. Jake takes pride in the importance of compassion and understanding, community supports and system navigation.

When Jake isn’t working, he enjoys hockey, golf and cooking.

Erik

Housing Coordinator | Corrections

He/Him

Erik

Housing Coordinator | Corrections

He/Him

Erik started out in Foundation House over 2 years ago and holds the important role of senior resident. He started working for Umbrella in December, 2020 doing the encampments and found it was a great way to give back. He is an active member of the recovery community and enjoys bringing meetings to important community resources. Erik is a huge Calgary flames and Toronto raptors fan. He enjoys playing golf, hockey and getting tattoos. Erik’s family is most important thing in his life.

Alex

COS Team

He/Him

Alex

COS Team

He/Him

Alex was born in Ontario and has spent his life living between there and Vancouver Island. With a professional background in electrical and trades, he is excited to transition over to the supportive recovery sector. An avid sport fan, Alex spent his high school years playing football and rugby. With a strong background of lived experience including family trauma, Alex is keen to connect with people and empower them.

When not at work, Alex enjoys gardening, baking, walking his dog or simply being outside and working with his hands.

Alfred

Indigenous Outreach Team

He/Him

Alfred

Indigenous Outreach Team

He/Him

A community Outreach worker, and conflict Analyst, Alfred seeks to contribute to creating a more supportive, and inclusive community where people find a sense of belonging.

Alfred has been involved with numerous organizations on the Island such as Pacifica Housing Advisory, Indigenous Perspectives Society, Oasis Society , Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness among other community organizations.

Alycia

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Alycia

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Eentha Munothlea (Alycia) Tun itsun ‘utl’ Quwutsun – My name is Alycia  and my traditional name is Munothlea which represents a geographical tie to the lhumlhumuluts area (Green Point) and to my te (grandmother) late Sally Gray.

I am First Nations from Quwutsun (Cowichan).

I am a recent graduate of the Indigenous Family Support program, and I am currently taking the Indigenous Studies program at Camosun.

In my free time I absorb every minute with my daughter and adventure these beautiful lands we have the privilege of living and learning on in the Lekwungen, WSANEC, TSAOUT, and Songhees territories.

I chose to work alongside The Umbrella society to bring my education and lived knowledge back into community.

I look forward to walking this journey alongside you.

Huychq’a – thank you!

Alyssha

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Alyssha

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Alyssha is originally from Manitoba, where she learned how challenging it can be to access services for recovery and mental health. She is excited to be working for Umbrella so she can use her lived experience to help others navigate the system. Alyssha works from her heart; she always has compassion and love for the people she supports.

Alyssha is currently a social work student at UVIC and once done, she plans to continue working with people who use substances. During her free time, she reads books that will further her path of learning on social issues and advocacy.

She also enjoys listening to music or podcasts and going to the gym

Amy

PANDORA CLINIC

She/Her

Amy

PANDORA CLINIC

She/Her

Amy’s personal recovery led her to pursue a career helping others. She completed her Mental Health and Addictions program at Camosun and immediately applied for a position with the Umbrella Society.

Amy is grateful for the support that she has received and the opportunity to connect with others on their journey.

Away from work, Amy enjoys spending time with her son, reading, and being outdoors.

 

Ari

Office Dog

Ari

Office Dog

Ari spends her days at Umbrella’s head office where she can be found with her toy doughnuts, cuddling on everyone’s laps and watching carefully for any food that might get dropped.

This sweet girl offers licks and love to all the office staff and she will bark at any visitors to make sure they know she is the boss.

Ashley

Forbes

She/Her

Ashley

Forbes

She/Her

Ashley chose this career path because of her passion for helping others.  Ashley’s lived experience reminds her that kindness and support are the key to recovery. Knowing that others believe in them helps people believe in themselves.  As well as her own lived experience, Ashley has seen people very close to her struggle with substance use. She knows how important it is to give back by showing others empathy, love and support when they are in need.

In her off time, Ashley loves being a mom to her two beautiful kids, spending time with family and friends, music and makeup! She loves dancing in her living room, giving her kids concerts, and has a passion for makeup and helping others feel beautiful in their own skin.

Ashmita

Reception

She/Her

Ashmita

Reception

She/Her

Ashmita is happy to be part of the Umbrella team and to be able to offer support to people as they work towards their recovery goals.

Outside of work, Ashimita loves learning about different cultures and foods, spending time at home or hanging out with friends.

 

Autumn

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Autumn

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Autumn is a compassionate and empathetic individual who deeply understands the importance of providing safe spaces for at risk people in the community. She hopes to work directly with youth to come up with positive programming allowing them to reconnect with things they are passionate about. As someone who has battled with mental health in the past, Autumn truly knows what it is like to need extra support. This first hand knowledge and experience has inspired her to assist others who are now struggling. She sincerely believes that everyone deserves a chance to succeed.
In her spare time Autumn enjoys expressing herself through art, designing and sewing clothing and composing music. Autumn feels grounded while in nature.

Brae

Casual

She/Her

Brae

Casual

She/Her

After being shown the way to a better life, Brae decided it was time to put her experiences to use and help those in the midst of their addictions. Brae received her education as a care worker at Camosun College and also works as a Cosmetologist. Brae is an active advocate for Transgender rights and LGBTQ issues, always looking for new ways to support her community. When not at work Brae is often very active in the recovery community, or working on her next creative project. She loves fashion, family, and all things beautiful.

 

Brianna

Timekeeping

She/Her

Brianna

Timekeeping

She/Her

Brianna recently took on a new role of scheduling and timekeeping.  When Brianna isn’t working or enjoying our beautiful island with friends, you will likely find her exploring the world, preparing for her next adventure and continuing her learning. Every day is a school day!

Bruce

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Bruce

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Bruce credits his remarkable recovery to Umbrella Society. Their hands on, humanistic approach to helping those who choose recovery was instrumental in his growth.

When the opportunity to give back presented itself, he jumped at the chance. His personal experience, empathy, compassion and interest in seeing others succeed make him an asset to Umbrella’s team.

He volunteers for VPWAS during the week as a receptionist, with peer support being a large part of his days there.

In his spare time, Bruce loves to paint, sing, get out in nature to take photos, and make people laugh. In his mind he can still dance like a 20 year old.

Caity

Forbes

She/They

Caity

Forbes

She/They

Caity is extremely passionate about issues such as the lack of funding for affordable housing, harm reduction, mental health and addictions services and the general lack of accessible support for those in need. She has had to navigate the extremely complicated medical care system on her own for many years and hopes to help someone get through it a bit easier.

Caity loves her extremely sweet dog, being outdoors and spending time with her close friends.

Carly

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Carly

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Carly is currently enrolled in the criminal justice program at Camosun College and is on a co-operative education program with Camosun and Umbrella. She is a huge nature lover and all appreciates all creatures big and small. Mostly she spends her time caring for her pets which are two dogs, a crested gecko and a pac-man frog. Carly also enjoys spending time outside with friends.

Chantelle

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Chantelle

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Chantelle is excited to join the Umbrella team to provide peer support/harm reduction. Chantelle is new to this field of work and uses her own past experiences to relate to the position. She is excited to start helping people in their journey to recovery.
When not at work, Chantelle loves outdoor adventures and believes music heals the soul.
Chantelle’s favorite quote: “we must all meet our moment of truth”

Cherie

Indigenous Outreach Team

She/Her

Cherie

Indigenous Outreach Team

She/Her

Cherie is a caring and empathetic individual who is happy to be helping those in her
community struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
In her free time Cherie enjoys nature photography, reading, baking, and spending time
with her family and much loved dog.

Dave

Contractor

He/Him

Dave

Contractor

He/Him

Dave has been a fan of Umbrella since first connecting in 2012. With his 25+ years of renovation and construction experience, he is always busy with the next Umbrella project. Dave brings incredible skills as well as keen insight and a willingness to share about his recovery journey that is a huge benefit to us all and we are lucky to have him.

When not at work, Dave enjoys road trips, spending time in a nature and doing home improvements.

Demian

AMCS

He/Him

Demian

AMCS

He/Him

Part of the local recovery community, Demian is a resident of Foundation House. He has recently established Victoria’s first CA meeting and really enjoys spreading the message of recovery to those suffering from addiction and mental health disorders. He is very excited about giving back to Umbrella as an outreach worker and plans to acquire a Masters in counselling and pursue a long-term career as an addictions counsellor.
In his spare time Demian enjoys fishing, writing and ball hockey

Dottie

Gratitude Group | Casual

She/Her

Dottie

Gratitude Group | Casual

She/Her

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/ICM team as casual backfill.

You will also find Dottie’s bubbly personality on Tuesday evenings when she hosts the Gratitude Group.

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.

Emmett

Outreach | Behavioural Addiction Group

He/Him

Emmett

Outreach | Behavioural Addiction Group

He/Him

Emmett believes that every person deserves to be treated with kindness and empathy. His passion for people and commitment to supporting others inspired him to join the amazing team at the Umbrella Society. His calm, compassionate nature makes him a great fit for a helping role and he is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community. Emmett developed his knowledge at the University of Victoria, where he recently completed his honours degree in Psychology.

In his spare time, Emmett enjoys photography, exploring the outdoors, and the company of friends and family.

Evan

Casual

He/Him

Evan

Casual

He/Him

Evan draws strength from living a sober life and attributes the support of the Umbrella Society to his own recovery. Evan 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.

Hazen

ICMT

He/Him

Hazen

ICMT

He/Him

Hazen has long been a fan of the work Umbrella does. Umbrella’s purpose and goals deeply aligns with his personal views as a mental health and addictions advocate. He is thrilled to be working with the ICM Team,  using his skills to connect with people and enhance his deep sense of community.

Away from work, Hazen enjoys art, photography, music and connecting with nature.

James

VGH AMCS

He/Him

James

VGH AMCS

He/Him

Having experienced the struggle and loneliness of addiction first hand, James is excited to share his experience, strength, and hope with others. He is an active member in the recovery community and enjoys giving back and helping others. Umbrella Society has played an important role in James’ recovery and he is excited to spread hope to others that are struggling with addiction.

During his free time James can be found golfing, fishing, running, and enjoying the beautiful hiking trails Vancouver Island has to offer.

Jarret

COS Team

He/Him

Jarret

COS Team

He/Him

Jarret struggled with addictions and mental health for years before finding hope and support in the recovery community. Now, he has shifted his focus to share his compassion, knowledge and support to those who still struggle with substance and behaviour issues. He believes the most important step to helping others is building trust and taking the time to listen to those in need. He is very excited to join the Umbrella team and put these qualities to work.
In his free time Jarret can be found hiking in nature, volunteering  or laughing with friends.

Jonina

Transitional Housing | RAAC

She/Her

Jonina

Transitional Housing | RAAC

She/Her

Jonina left the business world to pursue work that is more in line with her personal values. She has experience helping others while being a strong advocate for mental health awareness. Outside of work she spends time with her family and cat, pets all the dogs on Dallas Rd and loves walking along the ocean.

Josh

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Josh

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Josh believes every one deserves a second chance at life. He was given a second chance and for that he is very grateful for Umbrella and the services they provided him. Josh is an active member of recovery and loves giving back.In his free time, Josh enjoys going to the pool,  hanging out with his son, girlfriend and family. Just recently, Josh discovered a love for arts and crafts that he wasn’t aware of.

Justin B

SURF Team

He/Him

Justin B

SURF Team

He/Him

Justin is enthusiastic and passionate about supporting people who are struggling with mental health and addiction challenges. He draws on his personal experiences with substance use for strength and guidance and takes pride in fostering a non-judgmental, positive, and compassionate connection with people in his day-to-day life. Justin is currently a psychology student at the University of Victoria and is excited to be a part of the Umbrella team. In his spare time, Justin loves living life with his wonderful teenage twins and exploring the outdoors on his bicycle.

Justin works on the SURF Team on the weekends.

Kaija

Outreach

She/They

Kaija

Outreach

She/They

Kaija believes that there is no one size fits all when it comes to recovery and understands how difficult it can be to access related resources. By helping individuals navigate the system and providing peer support she wants to empower others on their own recovery journeys. Currently, Kaija is working on her joint Biology/Psychology bachelor of science at UVIC. Through this scientific lens, she aspires to learn more about the intersection between mental health and substance use and the future of treatment for affected individuals. In Kaija’s free time she likes hanging out with her cat Felicity, daydreaming, illustrating and wandering around outside rain or shine.

Kailee

Casual

She/Her

Kailee

Casual

She/Her

Kailee found her passion for mental health and substance use services during her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. After finishing her degree, she made the move to beautiful Victoria and is excited to be making a positive impact within the community.
In addition to her commitment to working with those dealing with mental health and addictions, Kailee loves spending time outdoors exploring the island in her jeep, named Elliot (after her favourite poet T.S. Elliot).

Kate

Casual

She/Her

Kate

Casual

She/Her

Kate hails from Alberta and is happy to be part of the island community, using her social work background and person-first approach to support folks on their individual journey. She loves to laugh and will find ways to put a smile on someone’s face, whether a silly song or compliment will do the trick.

When she isn’t working, she’s spending time by the sea or in the woods, or making up musicals with her partner.

Kelsey

Forbes

He/Him

Kelsey

Forbes

He/Him

Kelsey has always had a passion for helping others and providing support to those that need it. After completing the Mental Health and Addictions program at Camosun College he started his first job in the field at Umbrella. He strongly believes in the power of psychosocial rehabilitation with its focus on improving multiple aspects of a persons life in order to promote recovery. Kelsey looks forward to improving lives and connecting with others as he progresses in his career. In his free time he enjoys walking his dog, going to the gym, long boarding, and spending time with loved ones.

Kiran

Grants & Fundraising

She/Her

Kiran

Grants & Fundraising

She/Her

Kiran‘s connection with Umbrella began in 2008 as one of the original group of peer outreach workers, later moving on to work with Island Health in mental health case management and finally on an intensive case management team for folks with substance use challenges.  Kiran assists our Executive Director with grant writing and various fundraising opportunities.
She currently splits her time between Victoria BC and Rome, Italy where you can find her working in her vegetable garden, and trying to do as much travelling as possible.

Krista

Casual

She/Her

Krista

Casual

She/Her

Krista is passionate about sharing her experience, strength and hope and is committed to helping others in their journey in kind and understanding ways.

Krista has lived in several different cities across Canada throughout her life and has gained much knowledge about the beautiful country we live in and is very grateful to reside in Victoria.

Krista enjoys catching up with her son, family and friends, spending time with her horse named Dude and outdoor activities like hiking and swimming.

 

Krystle

Forbes

She/Her

Krystle

Forbes

She/Her

Bio Coming Soon

Lance

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Lance

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Lance chose to start working with Umbrella because of his belief in their program and vision. With two years of recovery, he attribute much of that sobriety to the support he has received from Umbrella staff and programs over the years. Lance enjoys working with the community and believes giving back is an important way to find balance in life and recovery.

When not at work, Lance enjoys spending time with animals, video games, heavy metal music and spending time with family.

Laura

SURF Team

She/Her

Laura

SURF Team

She/Her

Through Laura’s lived experience with addiction coupled with her education from Camosun College’s Mental Health & Addictions Program, she brings compassion, empathy, and knowledge essential to supporting others in this helping field. Laura understands and appreciates the importance of meeting individuals where they are at while honoring each and every person’s own beliefs and values in order to deliver an authentic and respectful client-centered approach.

Laura was born and raised in Victoria, BC, is a proud mother of two boys, and in her spare time, takes every opportunity to enjoy the City and surrounding outdoor spaces in the company of her family and friends.

Liz

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Liz

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Bio coming soon

Logan

Forbes

He/Him

Logan

Forbes

He/Him

Bio coming soon.

Louise

RAAC

She/Her

Louise

RAAC

She/Her

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 our RAAC 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.

Lyca

Foundation House

Lyca

Foundation House

Lyca is the only permanent resident at Foundation House. This sweet girl is a rescue dog and, is the most loving, sweet dog who greets every resident with kisses and a wiggly butt.

When men first arrive at the house, she makes them work for her love, but after a few walks and throwing a ball to her, she will be your best friend.

Lyca brings love to companionship to all the men, and makes Foundation House feel like home.

Mathew

On Leave

He/Him

Mathew

On Leave

He/Him

Roses are Red,
Bananas are Yellow,
If you’d like to get Sober,
Say hello to this Fellow!

Matt

Transitional Housing

He/They

Matt

Transitional Housing

He/They

For Matt, working with Umbrella Society is an opportunity to come full circle in life.

Matt’s professional background includes marketing, finance, publishing, and not-for-profit organizing. With his business experience Matt provides a unique perspective to the team, but it’s his past with drug addiction that fuels his passion to do this work. In fact, to hear Matt tell it Umbrella saved his life. So, to now personally carry the Umbrella mission of supporting individuals, and their loved ones, who are still struggling with substance use issues is an opportunity Matt is grateful for every day.

When Matt is not at work he can often be found spending time with his family, cooking up a storm, or deeply immersed in a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

Megan

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Megan

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Megan first became aware of Umbrella when a dear friend got connected with Umbrella Outreach Workers who stepped in during a time of crisis. She has been interested in the transformative power of advocacy for mental health and addictions ever since.

Megan’s empathy and strength in her work stems from a lifetime of living with mental health and substance abuse issues of her own.

Having grown up in Victoria she has a deep affinity for the community she serves and finds great joy in spend her time helping the most vulnerable members of it as she continues in her own journey.

Milana

Forbes

She/Her

Milana

Forbes

She/Her

Milana brings to her role at Umbrella a kind heart and a listening ear.
She approaches life with a day-by-day philosophy that works well with her playful and kind energy.
Milana’s favourite animal is the panda, who’s fluffy cuteness and clumsiness always makes her smile.

Nicole

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Nicole

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Nicole has been an islander since she moved here from the interior in 2013. A recent graduate from the Mental Health & Addictions program at Camosun, she joined the Umbrella  team in hopes of helping people reach their recovery goals via outreach and harm reduction.
Her spare time is spent with her two sweet pets, Winnie and Shanto, and finding new places to run.

Noelia

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Noelia

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Noelia was born and raised in Victoria BC- first-generation; proudly Guatemalan descent. A Mental Health and Addictions graduate and continuing her studies in Social Work in hopes to help the foster system. She is an active mental health and addictions, animal rights & lgbtq+ advocate with a strong passion to help at-risk youth. Noelia believes extending a helping hand goes a long way – whether it’s a small talk over coffee or providing resources; everyone deserves the security and safety of a place to call home and she hopes to provide a calm and accepting presence for others in this new line of work.
In her spare time, Noelia likes to be outdoors with friends, hanging with her dog and cat, dancing to live music and will always be up for snacking on food.

Pawel

ER/PES & Saltspring

He/Him

Pawel

ER/PES & Saltspring

He/Him

 

Pawel is typically described as hard working and a quick learner with a love for innovation. He prides himself on seeing the good in each person he interacts with. Pawel loves to help people and learn on his feet. Working with Umbrella gives him a great perspective that supports his recovery and he hopes that he can in turn support the recovery of others.

Outside of work, Pawel values time spend with friends and family, working on music and creating DJ sets.

Rebecca

ER/PES | Women's Group

She/Her

Rebecca

ER/PES | Women's Group

She/Her

Originally from Toronto, Rebecca moved to Vancouver Island in high school. Since then she has worked in the beauty industry as a professional make up artist . She has always loved coaching others and teaching them ways to make themselves feel their best! Recovery is part of Rebecca’s personal story and she’s passionate about helping others who are struggling with addiction. She believes there is hope for everybody no matter what their story is and she is determined to help others find their way . People consider Rebecca compassionate , loyal and kind, with a love for laughter and a huge heart.

Rebecca has 2 amazingly cool teenagers who are always keeping her busy.

Robin

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Robin

Transitional Housing

He/Him

Robin grew up in Victoria and has felt happiness helping other when they most need it. He looks forward to seeing people grow into their lives without the burdens of addiction. Robin admires the down to earth and compassionate approach of Umbrella and is excited to be a part of the team!

Sarah

Admin

She/Her

Sarah

Admin

She/Her

Sarah believes strongly in a holistic approach to recovery support. She is excited to join the Umbrella Team and combine her passion for helping others and her keen understanding of the impacts of substance use.
When not at work, Sarah loves to immerse herself in nature at home and abroad. She’s a big fan of cooking, cuddling with animals, and exploring the healing powers of crystals.

Sheila

Forbes

She/Her

Sheila

Forbes

She/Her

Shelia is excited to transition over to community based support work after many years working in pharmacies. She brings a high level of awareness to her work from family members impacted by substances use, mental health challenges and the residential school system.

When not at work, Sheila can be found spending time with her 8 year old son, gardening and enjoying all the wonders that Vancouver Island has to offer.

Shelagh

ICMT

She/Her

Shelagh

ICMT

She/Her

Shelagh’s background is varied with the majority of work and experiences over the past many years being in service to people.  As a former Educator in an online Special Education program, Shelagh worked with an educational approach that honours children, youth, and families as they are, focusing on skills and strengths by coaching what is realistic and possible while providing them with a sense of belonging and acceptance.  Having recently graduated from the Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions program at Camosun, Shelagh hopes to connect her work and school experience as a member of the Umbrella Team.
Shelagh enjoys hiking, meditating, yoga, tai chi, and spending time with her family.

Sierra

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Sierra

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Sierra is currently enrolled in the final year of study for her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at Vancouver Island University and is also completing an Addiction Studies Certificate. She is passionate about the application of trauma-informed approaches in the criminal justice, health care and social services fields. Her desire to learn more about substance use and mental health and to engage with opportunities that emphasize equity, accessibility and empowerment inspired her to pursue a cooperative education program (co-op) with Umbrella Society.

Outside of work, Sierra enjoys hiking, camping, macrame and spending time with friends.

Simran

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Simran

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

She/Her

Simran was born and raised in the UK, moved to Canada aged 14.

She is currently attending UVic, finishing up her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Simran is excited to bring the skills taught in classes into the real world and learn more along the way.

Outside of work, Simran can be found hanging out with friends and watching the soccer team Liverpool FC.

Stefanie

Women's Group | SMART Recovery

She/Her

Stefanie

Women's Group | SMART Recovery

She/Her

Stefanie was born and raised on the island. She enjoys living life in recovery for herself and her 3 beautiful children. Stefanie’s passion is to make a difference within the community by helping others find there own path on there own journey to recovery by sharing her own experience,strength and hope.

Sydney

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Sydney

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Sydney left the cosmetics industry to pursue work that aligns with her passion for providing care and support in her community. Through her lived experience Sydney has seen the benefits of extra support and is grateful to now be in a position where she can provide those things for others.

Sydney is currently an anthropology student at the University of Victoria. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tabletop RPGs with her friends, spending quality time with her cat Gary, and exploring Victoria.

Taylor

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Taylor

Transitional Housing

She/Her

Born and raised in small town Manitoba, Taylor is a happy-go-lucky, go-getter on a journey of self discovery and recovery. Taylor loves her family, cats, and connecting with people. She considers herself a Leo to her core and consider and a vivacious member of society. Taylor believes laughter is medicine; she loves comedy and can always appreciate a great sense of humour. Taylor is a genuine lover and helper of people and is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work for Umbrella and make a difference in the lives of people who struggle with Mental Health and Addiction.

Tessa

Outreach

She/Her

Tessa

Outreach

She/Her

Tessa has a passion for helping those who suffer from addiction and mental illness. Having a personal connection to those who have suffered in the past, she believes that everyone should be treated with empathy and equality. Tessa has a drive to advocate for individuals who fall into the crime cycle but who also want to get help for their substance abuse. With a Diploma in Criminal Justice at Camosun College, she believes that there is much more that can be done for those who want to make a change.

When Tessa has spare time, she enjoys tap dancing, cooking, exploring the island, enjoying the company of friends and family, and talking care of her loveable cat, Loki. Tessa is very excited to gain as much experience as possible and to be working with the Umbrella Team.

Terry

Counsellor

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Terry

Counsellor

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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.

TJ

TJ

TJ started his journey with Umbrella as the house dog at Foundation House. When his favourite residents were moving to our third stage house, Cooper House, TJ joined them and is loving the quieter, less busy, house. He is a sweet, playful rescue dog who came to us via the Victoria Humane Society. TJ did not have a good start in life, and he is weary of strangers and has significant anxiety. The residents enjoy spoiling TJ with lots of walks, lots of treats and lots of love.

Victoria

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

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Victoria

Casual for Transitional Housing Sites

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Bio coming soon.

Zack

Outreach | Behavioural Addiction Group

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Zack

Outreach | Behavioural Addiction Group

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Zack cares deeply about bringing a great amount of patience and empathy to every interaction he enters. As both a recent graduate of a Psychology Undergraduate degree with Honours from the University of Victoria, and a lifetime learner, Zack has been able to build an understanding of human behaviour that accepts everybody exactly where they are at, and allows him to see the emotions and needs beneath the behaviours we all engage in. He is passionate about increasing community empathy, making him a great fit with the Umbrella society.

In his spare time, he loves to connect with nature, others, and himself.