Barbara has worked in health care management for over 25 years. She has been managing the Victoria Youth Clinic for 12 years and she is excited about the clinic being the lead agency for Foundry Victoria. The Foundry's vision and mission to support youth for their overall well-being aligns with the clinic's and her own personal mission to ensure that all youth get their health care and social services needs met in one location.
Amy joined our team in April 2018. Amy was previously the manager at Foundry Vancouver-Granville and the Inner City Youth Program. Prior to this she worked as a case manager with youth in the downtown and downtown eastside of Vancouver. Amy has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Social Work through UBC
Before joining Foundry she worked with partner agency, NEED2 Suicide Education, Prevention, & Support. Melanie enjoys working in non-profits and has a passion for mental health well-being. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration- HR & Leadership from Camosun College
Jennifer Lee is a family physician with a special interest in providing care for youth and young adults. She completed her Medical Degree in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia (1996), followed by a Family Practice Residency at St. Paul’s Hospital (1998). Prior to medical school, she completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Health and Education at Queens University. She has been working at the Victoria Youth Clinic since 2000, and has been actively involved in helping the clinic grow and expand. Outside of work, she cherishes her family time, outdoor adventures, coffee, and movie popcorn
Kristen rides her bike to clinic whenever she can. She is passionate about Rebar's bread salad
Danika is originally from the prairies and moved to Victoria to finish her medical training. She is recharged in sunshine and spends most of her time outside when not in the clinic. She enjoys aerial acrobatics, cycling, and being out on the water as often as possible .
Valerie has done some amazing travelling as a doctor including working in New Zealand Sioux Lookout, Moose Factory, Nunavut, Newfoundland, and Queen Charlotte Islands and as a Physician Trainer Bosnia / Hercegovina 2004.
Naomi is one hard working doc! She loves skiing with family, yummy food and working with youth!
Jordan joined the team in 2018. He has many years of experience working with youth, mental health & addictions, corrections, and acute care. He is certified in contraceptive management and is currently working towards a Nurse Practitioner degree. Jordan’s passions are his family, food, and music.
BSN RN (c)
Celina is one of the nurses at the Victoria Youth Clinic. She completed her BSN at University of Victoria. Celina loves working at the Foundry because of the opportunity to work with youth.
Lauren Rumiel is the Concurrent Disorder Case Manager/Intake Counsellor. She brings over 10 years of experience providing counselling, support and advocacy services to vulnerable young people and their families. Lauren has a background working with survivors of violence and trauma. She’s a transplant from Ontario, and has called Victoria home for the past 9 years. She has lots of great homesteading skills that she learned from her Nonna. She enjoys knitting, sewing, growing and hunting her own food, and adventuring outside with her partner and puppy dog Sequoia.
Heather, a Registered Clinical Counsellor working with the Victoria Child & Youth Mental Health team has been involved with the Youth Clinic since 2012. Working in the field for over 25 years, she specializes in relationship and family therapy, trauma, and mental health. After work, she is an artist who enjoys spending time in her garden studio.
Noriko Oka is an expressive arts therapist and registered clinical counsellor who has been working in this field for the past fourteen years. She also has a private practice at her own studio at drawheart.ca
In her spare time, Noriko loves to run along the ocean, play sad and/or romantic songs on the piano, break out into silly dance moves, brush the lustrous mane of her lovely lab, marvel at creatures in the wild and dissolve into pee inducing belly laughs with her beloved whenever possible. Halloween is hands down her favourite holiday. As a spirit whale, she is most comfortable in the element of water.
Heather Michael is a Registered Clinical Social Worker working with CYMH Indigenous services in Victoria, BC. She is known for her passion in supporting Indigenous children, youth, and families, but is equally passionate about her work at the Foundry Victoria supporting Transgender, Gender Non-confirming, and Non-Binary youth. Heather is also involved with the Provincial Director’s Youth Advisory Counsel. She started in this role in 2017 as a clinical support. Her gentle and supportive, yet responsive approach has been well received by many of the youth. She brings a wide variety of skills and experiences. When Heather is not in her role as a clinician, you can find her shredding the amazing trails on Vancouver Island.
Ariel is one of two Outreach Counsellors at Foundry. Originally from the Lower Mainland, Ariel moved to Victoria in 2009 to complete her B.A. at UVIC (Sociology, Social Justice). Ariel brings to the Foundry team a wealth of knowledge and experience in both adult and youth services, including mental health, addiction, and housing insecurity. Ariel understands the challenges individuals face when navigating these systems and is available to provide compassionate, patient, and respectful assistance or support. In addition to her experience, Ariel brings to Foundry a warm smile and a wonderful sense of humour. When Ariel isn’t at work, she is likely doing one of the following things: playing with her very sassy hedgehog, attending hot yoga, cooking delicious food, or spending time with her eternally supportive partner.
This is Maude, Foundry Victoria's peer support. For years, Maude accessed the Victoria Youth Clinic for physical, mental and emotional healthcare. Through her work here at Foundry Victoria, she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to our community, and to work alongside the rad individuals who helped her grow into the gal she is today. Maude loves her role here, because she is able to connect with young, amazing humans where ever they are at, and find common ground with just about everyone she meets with, regardless of our differences. Maude is also the group facilitator for the Wellness Drop in, where folks come to chill out, have a bite to eat, and learn about all the important life stuff, like learning how to adult, setting boundaries, life skills, creative expression, and how to partake in the art of #SelfCare. When she's not at work, you can find Maude on the beach, hunting down the perfect sea shell or bit of sea glass, dashing off to a yoga class or recovery meeting, or curled up at home watching Netflix with her cat children, Nelson and Luna. Maude is currently chasing her dreams of becoming a badass social worker, conquering the world one self care sesh at a time. Maude is here at the clinic Monday to Friday, 9:30-5:30 if you want to come and meet her!
TRANS PEER SUPPORT
Lux (they/them is a Peer and Community Support Worker with Trans Care BC. At Foundry Victoria, they are able to have supportive conversations with Two-Spirit, trans and gender-diverse youth about gender identity, transition, friends and family and more! Lux can also help to navigate the medical system if you are curious about things like hormones and gender-affirming surgeries. Twice a month, they help to run Harbour, which is a Foundry Victoria peer support group for gender-diverse youth 18-24!
Outside of work, they like to eat snacks, go to the beach and watch Real Housewives. They like blue ice cream and fancy cheesecake.
Say hi if you see them around the clinic!
PARENT PEER SUPPORT
As a mom of 4 young adults, Chantal “gets it”. She is passionate about building a village of parents who support each other through the journey of parenting young people who are on a hard path.
When not a Foundry, you can find her hiking around Thetis Lake, cooking large amounts of food, and watching Netflix.
Bri Barrett, I am a Medical Office Assistant with Foundry. I graduated the MOA program at Camosun College, class of 2018, and moved through a couple different positions before I found myself at Foundry. As a Reiki master and Pranic Energy Healer, I am very drawn to spaces that are supportive of the healing process. It's what sparks joy in my heart! In my free time, I like to do yoga, dance, craft, and read.
Chuck Schactman is a retired child and youth health care services administrator, with over 30 years experience on Vancouver Island. In Victoria, Chuck has worked at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, for the Capital Health Region, and for the Vancouver Island Health Authority(now Island Health)
Gerry sits as vice-chair on the VYC board. He is retired from over 30 years as an outreach counselor working with marginalized teens and families.
Celia Benoit is a scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, professor emeritus in the Department
of Sociology at the University of Victoria, and fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of
Health Sciences. She is involved in a variety of research projects that employ mixed methodologies to investigate the health of marginalized groups,
including Aboriginal women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, people in sex work, pregnant and early parenting women dealing with substance use and other challenges,
and street-involved youth in transition to adulthood.
Secretary & Treasurer
Graham joined the Board in 2018. Graham has worked in acute and community health care programs for over 25 years. He was the Executive Director of the Youth Clinic from 2005-2009. Graham’s leadership with interdisciplinary team based primary and mental health care has been recognized by Health Canada and the Health Employer’s Association of BC. As a passionate supporter of all youth Graham has “given-back” by volunteering his time coaching youth sports and supporting various charitable youth agencies for over 20 years.
Karen Martin: A long time volunteer at the Youth Clinic, Karen is one of the newer additions to the board. Owning a local business and being a mother of two has made her passionate about community initiatives and inclusive healthcare for youth. She is a lover of local art, a cinecenta enthusiast, and is best known for her chocolate chip cookies
Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in the humanities. Richard has been involved with the Victoria Youth Clinic in various volunteer capacities for over a decade. He is currently employed as a policy analyst and works on healthcare issues that have a national scope.
Fergus is a 4 year-old Golden Retriever who spends every Monday working with Heather Vale at the clinic. He is a certified therapy dog with a passion for people, swimming, playing, and snow. When he isn’t working directly with clients, he can be found making the rounds in the waiting room. Clients tell us that Fergus gives the best hugs. To keep up with Fergus’ adventures, follow him on Instagram @yyjgoldens .
Sequoia is 11 year old Chocolate Lab who spends every Wednesday and Friday following Lauren around the clinic. She is the jolliest dog and welcomes all the patients with smiles and tail wags. She enjoys anything food related. In her spare time Sequoia enjoys swimming, lounging in the canoe and being with her people.