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Marina White

Marina White

President Avalon Region

I’ve been involved with the NLBIA since late 2001. I decided to become involved with the association after my son was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. I felt the need to become involved was to primarily to help my son and along the way become an advocate for other survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and share some of my own experiences in order to help others in the same situation.

My background is Interior Design and Decorating and I left my business behind when my son became injured.

I have served on the NLBIA Board of Directors for 10 years, the NLBIA Executive Board as Secretary for 4 years, the national Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) for 4 years to represent Newfoundland and Labrador. I am also the NLBIA Group Coordinator for A.B.L.E. which is the acronym for ADULTS WITH BRAIN INJURY LIVING EVERYDAY.

Volunteering became a passion of mine at the early age of 12 and I have been involved in many organizations throughout my life. I have met many wonderful people along the way and to be able to volunteer has been very fulfilling and quite rewarding.

Philip Warren

Philip Warren

Vice President Avalon Region

Born and raised in St. John’s and still living in St. John’s. Graduated from MUN Bachelor of Commerce 1996 and Dalhousie Law School in  2000 and practicing law since 2001. Former Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Disability Review Tribunal, former President of the Parkinson’s Society Canada, and past director with the Independent Living Resource Centre.

James Johnston

James Johnston

Treasurer Avalon Region

Jim was born and raised in St.John’s, Newfoundland and has served on multiple Boards over the years both here and in Windsor, Ontario. In the spirit of volunteerism, he is currently serving on four boards and also a Director with his Liberal Riding Association.
His current board involvement is as a board member of management for Lavrock Camp, board Member and Treasurer for Gospel Folk, director and treasurer for NLBIA board of directors and his church board.
Jim is also involved in many other organizations on an as needed basis. As treasurer Jim is dedicated to ensuring accuracy and transparency of NLBIA. 
Theresa Myrick

Theresa Myrick

Secretary Avalon Region

Education:

– Stella Maris High School, Trepassey
– College of the North Atlantic, clerk/Accounting
– ICS, Montreal, Business Management Diploma

Employment:

– Fishery Products International (22 years), various roles – accounting, payroll, secretary to Plant Manager and Personnel Officer.
– Women in Resource Development (15 years) administration and finance.

Volunteer work:
– Girl Guides of Canada, Leader and Treasurer:
– 4H leader and coordinator
– Director Trepassey Recreation
– Board member, Trepassey Rural Development Board:

– Member, tourism and culture committee, Irish Loop Zone Board
– Volunteer with Terry Fox Foundation, NL Chapter
Keith Pike

Keith Pike

Director of Avalon Region

Keith was severely brain injured in a head-on collision at age 23 while working in Labrador City, NL in 1969.

When cranial swelling subsided, he was flown to Quebec City where he was retrieved by his parents weeks later, and taken home to St. John’s where he awoke under the care of Dr. F. Maroun.

Released from hospital when he could walk ‘tandem’; he struggled with double vision for six months until he could get back to work. 

Since then, he has made the Dean’s Honour List with his correspondence course studies; taken a Dale Carnegie course; became a charter member of Terra Nova Toastmasters Club;  graduated from M.U.N. with a Diploma in Vocational Education and taught at Bonavista and Springdale NL., and evening courses at C.O.N.A.

He Joined the Head Injury Association of Newfoundland in the mid 1980’s, with Don Balsom, then transitioned to N.B.I.A. where he became Vice President and editor of the former 1997 Newsletter “Synapse”.

He retired in June 1996 and was doing ok (or so he thought) until he was T-boned at Rawlins’s Cross by a vehicle driven by a person that had ignored a red light and consequently his compensatory strategies were reduced. His desire now is to help persons with brain injuries as a result of his own constant struggles to make that huge step between “being a victim to being a survivor”!

Cletus Flaherty

Cletus Flaherty

Director of Avalon Region

Originally from Holyrood, Cletus graduated with a B. Sc from Memorial University of Newfoundland where he also served as the MUN Students’ Union Vice-President and President. Following his time at Memorial, Cletus graduated with his law degree at the University of New Brunswick in 2010. While at UNB, Cletus served as the Vice-President and President of the Law Students’ Society, was awarded the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Centennial Scholarship and was a member of the UNB Sopinka Cup Competitive Moot Team.

Since being called to the Bar in 2011, Cletus has established a litigation practice focusing on personal injury, employment and labour law. In his practice he has had the privilege to assist injury victims and workers who have sustained brain injury.

Patsy Corcoran

Patsy Corcoran

Director of Avalon Region

Patsy lives in St. John’s, NL. Born and raised in Riverhead, St. Marys Bay, Patsy looked forward to moving out and exploring other places. After finishing highschool she moved to Toronto. I found the job I loved doing payroll and accounting at the head office of Sam the Record Man and then on to G4S Cash Services Corporate office where I spent 10 years managing their payroll department. September 19, 2009 Patsy awoke with the worst headache of her life and was rushed to the Health Science Centre. A brain aneurysm had ruptured! “I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I survived. The years since that time have been difficult but get easier with each passing year. I am what is considered high functioning. I have no physical attributes to my condition.” All of Patsy’s issues or deficits are unseen which can make it harder for others to understand. No longer able to work, she still seeks purpose in life. “One of the main reasons I have joined the NLBIA is to raise awareness and help others find their way through brain injury.” In addition to being on the Board of Directors, Patsy is also one of our Ambassadors.

Debbie Hanlon

Debbie Hanlon

Director of Avalon Region

My name is Debbie Hanlon. I am an active community member, a mom and grandmother. I am a real estate broker, a children’s book author, taekwondo instructor, a regular columnist for local, national and international real estate journals and a sought-after speaker and presenter.
 
I was first elected to St. John’s City Council in 2008 as the Ward 4 Councillor in a by-election; and was then re-elected to this position for the following term (2009 – 2013). Since 2017, I have served as a Councillor at Large for the Capital City.
 
I have had the privilege of serving on a variety of municipal committees including the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Downtown St. John’s Committee, the Arts Advisory Committee, the City’s Strategic Economic Roadmap Committee, the Audit Committee, and seniors’ committees and other various boards. I was appointed to lead portfolios that included: Transportation, Tourism and Culture and the City’s new Immigration Committee. 
 
I believe strongly in the value of teamwork, in creating action steps to make things happen, and have always been a person who speaks up on issues that are important to me and to members of the community. I have a longstanding passion for the people and places in our City, and am honored to have had the opportunity to serve on different city councils.
I am inspired by my family, from business colleagues, global visionaries, and by so many of the amazing people in our community. 
 
I have always been a very determined person which has allowed me to build and nurture thriving businesses, write children’s books and international real estate columns, win awards and distinctions, serve as an elected city councillor, and raise thoughtful and self-reliant children.
 
I believe in building  community and seeking harmony and balance in all areas of life. That means making sure that work gets done and finding time for people.  My shareable secret is to make time for family and always cultivate meaningful relationships with people in every aspect of life.
Nyle Jane Sheppard

Nyle Jane Sheppard

Director Western Region

Nyle lives in Corner Brook, NL. A previous life/work healthcare worker, Nyle still suffers to this day.  “I realize now that it was deconditioning. As I was lying in bed trying to heal my brain, understanding my core, arms and legs weakened.  I would exercise them, but I guess it wasn’t enough. I had to rely on a cane.  My arms/legs would ache daily.  My equilibrium was affected, eyes, ears, (vestibular, deciptal, motor sensory, memory, VMS)”.  Nyle has major support from medical doctors, family and genuine friends who have been there and guided her, challenged her, and pushed/nudged Nyle to get where she is today and for that is grateful.  “I foresee a fork in the road, not sure which one I will take but I’m up for any challenge straight ahead.  If you can be anything, be kind.  You never know what someone is battling.  Perception is hindsight.”