Staff

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. 

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 one hundred and eighty five times, accumulating over 650km of freefall.

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. Recently, he completed his Masters in Social Work and has joined the ranks of our clinical team.

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.

Liam Peel

Liam Peel

Ops Coordinator (Western Canada)

Liam coordinates our programs from BC to Manitoba. While completing his Bachelor of Science, he helped manage several projects with the UBC Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma, the birthplace of the VTN.

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.

Carson Kivari

Carson Kivari

Clinical Coordinator

Carson coordinates our clinical teams across Canada, keeping over 25 clinicians nation-wide involved with our programs.

He’s also a Registered Counsellor with a private practice at Thrive Consulting, and is a VTN clinician himself.

Victoria Cubbon

Victoria Cubbon

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Victoria is a seasoned ‘military-brat’ who grew up in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia. After making the leap to British Columbia in her adult life, she applied her creative talents to therapeutic charitable work. Her passion in work is to create campaigns that inspire people and produce effective results.

Jasmin Pfortmueller

Jasmin Pfortmueller

Finance & Admin Coordinator

Jasmin Pfortmueller completed her Bachelors of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Majoring in Anthropology, Minoring in Political Science, in addition to obtaining a Certificate in Non-Profit Studies. Having been involved in the Non-Profit space for several years, she is excited to grow with the VTN. She has a love for nurturing all life and spends her free time caring for her ever-growing plant family and volunteering at Grey Haven Exotic Bird Sanctuary.

Sgt. Stephen Clews

Sgt. Stephen Clews

Program Ambassador

Steve is a Sergeant in the BC Regiment (from where he’s deployed to Afghanistan two times), and a former West Coast Ops Coordinator with us. Although now a full-time student, he still finds time to speak about our behalf on his experiences with transition.

Frank C. Gull

Frank C. Gull

Purchases & Acquisitions

In charge of moving things between A to B, and sometimes to the bottom of the C.