Nanaimo Brain Injury Society

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Our Board of Directors

 

Tom Grauman, President.

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. Dylan Kozlick, Vice President

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.

Denise Fraser.

Hailing from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Denise joined the RCMP in 1992, and worked for 14 years in Kelowna before transferring to Nanaimo. Presently Constable Fraser serves as a School Liaison Officer, and interacts widely with students and adults, including those who suffer from brain injuries. She is interested in developing a greater awareness about the prevention of, and the recovery from brain injuries, and was a key supporter of NBIS’s ‘Be Active, Play Safe’ Community Safety Fair in 2014.

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.

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.

Drew Cooper

Drew Cooper is the General Manager for Nanaimo-based, PacificSport - Vancouver Island. The Montreal native has a diverse career path, starting out as a child care counsellor for a renown Quebec agency and moved to BC in 1984 to operate a provincial youth care facility. A career change led to a 6 year career at VIU as a coordinator for contract training programs. As a result of the relationships developed during his VIU experience, Drew was selected as the first Manager for PacificSport when it opened its doors in 1995. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Drew is a self described sport-aholic who maintains an active lifestyle. The opportunity to work in an environment in which it is possible to make a young athlete's dream come true was the motivation to work with PacificSport, and he considers himself fortunate to be surrounded by so many coaches, athletes and sport administrators who are also passionate about the value of physical activity.

Jamie Dunnett

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. 

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson received his Associates Degree in Criminology from Camosun College and his Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Victoria. A practicing Social Worker since 1999, Doug has worked in the Central North of BC, Victoria and Nanaimo. He is currently a Social worker for the Nanaimo Correctional Centre with his areas of interest focusing on mental health and addictions.