Administrative

Amanda McFarlane

Executive Director

Hello, I’m Amanda! I am the Executive Director here at BrainTrust Canada. I’m very passionate about serving vulnerable and underserved populations, and have been doing so for over a decade. My love for this organisation started as I worked frontline, then grew to program delivery and development. My proudest moment was founding and developing our brain injury Crime Prevention & Reduction Program. Now, I spend my time mentoring and knowledge-sharing with the next generation of amazing non-profit superheroes! In my downtime, I can be found spending time with my two amazing children and my fur baby, Gustav the Great Dane. I am thrilled to be the co-chair of Brain Injury Canada’s Network Advisory Council on Brain Injury.

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Lori Hamilton

Controller

Hello, my name is Lori. As a chartered professional accountant, I provide financial oversight to several nonprofit organisations – I love supporting those who are ‘doing good’ in the world! Put simply, I support BrainTrust Canada in achieving their mission by making sure that they’re following money regulations and spending wisely. I grew up in a lighthouse station on Vancouver Island and was home-schooled until age 14, and I think this contributes to my ability to work so well independently! My husband, Tim, and I have four adult children and three dogs. We live in Lake Country and enjoy camping, boating, and the occasional wine tour.

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Kate Stoodley

Operations Manager

Hello, my name is Kate. My journey with BrainTrust began on the frontline, where I walked alongside our clients, offering empathy and advocacy. I’ve since embraced a new role, one that allows me to provide even more support to those in need, preventing them from slipping through the cracks. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with friends/family, reading, and playing video games.

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Support Services

Chanel Yaworski

Lead Coordinator

Hello, I’m Chanel! I am the Lead Coordinator here at Braintrust Canada. I am passionate about sharing kindness and empathy with those I support. I advocate for my clients so they feel seen, heard, and empowered as I support them along their unique journey. It is a true blessing to grow and learn from clients every day. I have had the amazing privilege to work frontline in various fields with a diverse population including youth/kids, mental health, addictions and diversabilities. In my free time I enjoy cooking, baking, writing free verse poetry, camping, spending time with family/friends, and going on walks with my German Shepherd puppy.

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Sarah Mori

Coordinator of Vernon Services

Coming soon.

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Support Team

Devon Lappano

Justice Services Facilitator

Dana Sarris

Community Support Coordinator

Daniela Vázquez Barrera

Community Support Facilitator

Amanda Campbell

Community Support Facilitator

Katie Ray

Community Support Facilitator

Clinical Team

Michelle Van Biljon

Occupational Therapist

Hello, my name is Michelle and I’ve worked as an occupational therapist for twenty years. For the last ten years, I’ve specialised in community rehabilitation, functional assessments, and return to productivity/work for clients with physical and cognitive difficulties. I mainly bring these skills and experience to my role in the NeuroRecovery Centre where I assist clients in identifying their program goals and develop individualised transition plans upon completion. My family and I love to spend our free time discovering all that the Okanagan has to offer and touring local lakes on our boat.

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Richard Mortimer

Clinical Counsellor

Hello, my name is Richard and I work as a counsellor at BrainTrust Canada. I’m honoured to be invited into clients’ lives and to walk alongside them during their times of challenge, success, uncertainty, personal growth, and triumph. When I’m not in the office, I fill my soul by listening to music, playing the drums or guitar, and spending quality time with friends and family.  

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Claire Optland

Clinical Counsellor

Hi! My name is Claire and I’m a counsellor at BrainTrust. During my early career I worked at Connect, a brain injury rehabilitation home. This amazing experience and the many remarkable individuals and caregivers I was privileged to work with sparked my passion for supporting the brain injury community. When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my husband, my daughter, our two dogs, and exploring the beautiful outdoors we get to call home in the Okanagan.

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Manroop Sohal

Clinical Counsellor

Hello, my name is Manroop. As a counsellor with BrainTrust, I aim to cultivate an accepting, compassionate, safe, and judgement-free environment for clients to engage in introspection and self-reflection. I am grateful to walk alongside clients on their unique journey. When I am not in the office, you can find me spending quality time with my friends and family, or catching up on watching some of my favourite TV shows.

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