Staff

Oliver Thorne

Oliver Thorne

Executive Director

Oliver joined the VTN in 2013 as Operations Director and oversaw the initial expansion of VTN’s programs across Canada with a focus on accessibility, regardless of geography, gender or language. He coordinated inaugural programs in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Quebec, and helped to establish a national network of clinical and operational staff to scale up program delivery. As Executive Director, Oliver works with the Clinical Director and the board to develop and execute the VTN’s strategic plan, with the goal of improving veterans’ mental health, well-being, and relationships.

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

Director of Communications and Development

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

National Manager - Veteran Paraprofessional Support

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.

Marion Turmine

Marion Turmine

Manager of Quebec Operations

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.

Stephanie Heynes

Stephanie Heynes

Manager of Finance and Administration

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.

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.

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.

Dan Merlin

Dan Merlin

Ops Coordinator (Atlantic Canada)

Dan enrolled in 1976 as a Artillery Gunner and rose up through the ranks in the Artillery Trade to Master Warrant Officer. His final responsibility was that of Battery Sergeant Major. He spent 18 years as a Regular Force Member, then transferred over to the Primary Reserves full time for 19 years. His last few years were as the IPSC (Integrated Personal Support Center) Platoon Warrant Officer, where he assisted Releasing Services members with their transition to civilian Life. Dan has completed tours in Germany, England, Bosnia and Afghanistan. He attended VTN’s VTP Sept 2015, and thereafter became a VTN Paraprofessional in 2016. He has been VTN’s Atlantic Ops Coord since Jul 2021.

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.
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.

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