Staff

Oliver Thorne

Oliver Thorne

Executive Director

Oliver oversees the planning and execution of the VTN’s charitable activities, maximizing our efficiency and impact across the country. He brings years of logistical experience to the organization, including having successfully coordinated transition programs from over 6000 km away.

He has jumped out of a moving airplane over two hundred and eighty five times, accumulating over 650km of freefall.

Dr. Paul Whitehead

Dr. Paul Whitehead

National Clinical Director

Ph.D., CCC, R.Psych

Dr. Whitehead’s history with the VTN is significant, including an involvement in some of the earliest programs, to helping to develop the VTP to its current 10 day format. As a VTN Clinician, Clinical Supervisor for the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Dr. Whitehead has broad expertise in treatment of traumatic and vicarious traumatic stress, work-related stress and compassion fatigue. 

Carrie West

Carrie West

Manager of Grant Writing and Communications

Carrie manages VTN’s national communications, media relations and fund development. She is a professional writer with considerable experience in the charitable sector, including marine and terrestrial conservation, medical research and employment services. She is also an experienced print and television journalist. Carrie welcomes all enquiries about donations, bequests and new ways to honour Canada’s veterans.
Sgt. (Ret.) Doug Allen

Sgt. (Ret.) Doug Allen

Ops/Recruitment Coordinator (Atlantic)

Doug Allen was a career soldier with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He has conducted Peace support operations in Bosnia, combat operations in Afghanistan and various domestic operations here in Canada.  Since 2009 Doug has been assisting soldiers with Case Management, crisis intervention, suicide awareness and trauma care. In addition to coordinating programs in Atlantic Canada, Doug is a member of our clinical team with his own private practice outside of the VTN.

Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas

Ops Coordinator (Ontario)

A Veteran of the Vietnam War, Patrick is a successful businessman in Quebec’s fashion industry. He coordinates programs in Ontario and can field program inquiries in English and French.

Marion Turmine

Marion Turmine

coordonnatrice Québec

Depuis avril 2018 Marion Turmine a rejoint l’équipe de VTN à titre de coordonnatrice des opérations pour la province de Québec .

Auparavant, Marion était directrice des programmes chez Oxfam-Québec.
Anthropologue, Marion possède une vaste expérience de plus de 30 ans dans le milieu de la coopération internationale et en entreprise privée dans des contextes variés.

Dan McDonald

Dan McDonald

Ops Coordinator (Western Canada)

Dan coordinates programs from BC to Manitoba. His history includes working with people experiencing addictions, mental health, suicide and homelessness in Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Southern Alberta with people from all backgrounds and circumstances. Dan’s service in the Canadian Forces ended after injury. His role with VTN enables him to continue to support and work with those that served.

Jenna Bind - On Leave

Jenna Bind - On Leave

Ops Coordinator (Western Canada)

Jenna coordinates our programs from BC to Manitoba. She holds degrees in Psychology, Geography and International Project Management. Jenna has managed non-profit programs in Canada and internationally, including WASH, Food Security and Conflict Mitigation projects. Two years were spent based in South Sudan, both post and during conflict, traveling much of the central region by motorcycle.

Stephanie Heynes

Stephanie Heynes

Finance & Admin Coordinator

Stephanie Heynes joined the VTN to pursue her passions for making sense of numbers and providing compassionate care to clients. Stephanie has an extensive educational background in Finance and is prepared to make sure that the VTN’s goals are met and our money is spent as efficiently as possible. Stephanie is a certified rescue diver and loves to catch up with a good book.

Ashley Orzel

Ashley Orzel

Digital Communications Coordinator

Ashley oversees the digital communications and online presence for VTN. She has a background in communications and photojournalism, and has worked in digital communication roles with national non-profit organizations in both English and French. She looks forward to capturing and sharing stories about Canada’s veterans.
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