Who We Are

We are a small team making a big difference in the lives of head injury survivors and their families in the Comox Valley!

Our Staff

Louise Howes
Executive Director

Louise serves the CVHIS Executive Director.

She holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from North Island College, and has honed her skills in leadership through numerous courses and workshops throughout her career. Louise has occupied leadership positions in nonprofit organizations and community groups for over 25 years.  She has been a Founder, board member, and has held various volunteer roles over the years.  Her hard work has been recognized by Volunteer of the Year Awards (Lacrosse) and Nonprofit of the Year (Volunteer Campbell River).  Before coming to CVHIS in 2018, Louise was the Executive Director of Volunteer Campbell River, an office manager, executive assistant, and a Telus employee.

Louise has a passion for helping others and has brought that passion to the Comox Valley Head Injury Society. She discovered the widespread effects of brain injury while supporting her father after he fell and sustained a traumatic head injury, and when another family member went through brain surgery. Referring to the impact her work has on the brain injury community, Louise says “I feel my dad would be proud of the work we’re doing at the head injury society.”

Louise has lived on the North Island for the past 27 years enjoying the beaches, people, nature, and surrounding communities When not working, she enjoys spending time with family, including her 2 grandkids, walking, boating, gardening, and being in nature. She feels privileged to live and work in the Comox Valley and thanks head injury survivors for sharing their stories and allowing us to be a part of their journey to recovery.

Charlyne Hansen
Administrative Coordinator

If youve been by the CVHIS Office, odds are that the first impression you got from us is Charlynes smiling face at the front desk.

She is the first point of contact for clients and participants. she is responsible for communications of all kinds, keeping us all on the same page and writing up the weekly newsletter.

 

Linsday Jamieson Powell
Programs Coordinator

Linsay came to the CVHIS from an extensive background in parks and rec, and brings with her a wealth of experience working with people with disabilities and neurodivergence.

Furthermore, she has specialized in program creation and community event planning. She moved from the lower mainland to Comox, with her family  2017, and in 2018, we were lucky to have her join our team as programs coordinator.

In her role at CVHIS, Linsay oversees the Tuesday lunch program, trains and coordinates our peer support and volunteer incentive program(VIP) members, and coordinates the PARTY program for youth.

Things Linsay loves about her work here is the human interaction, working with and for people in the community. Her favorite program to work on is PARTY, which engages youth in a dialogue about safe decision making, and preventing  injury down the road. 

In her spare time, Linsay can be found working with her two dogs, or spending time with her two sons and husband. 

Linda Tutin
Outreach Coordinator

Linda Tutin Serves the CVHIS as our Outreach Coordinator. She has held this role for the past 8 years, and we are ever grateful for her dedication to our clients.

Linda was living in Powell River, and nearing the end of her social support worker diploma at thompson rivers university, when her 17 year old son Chris suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident. Overnight, their lives changed forever. Seeing an opportunity to access a broader spectrum of services for Chris, Linda moved her family to the Comox Valley in 20##. This is how she came to be familiar with CVHIS. Linda was a longtime volunteer with the Tuesday lunch program, and eventually was able to complete her social services diploma. At this time, the CVHIS was fortunate enough to have her come onboard fulltime as outreach coordinator.  In this role, she meets with clients,  listens with empathy, and puts her whole heart into securing funding, PWD status, and social supports for survivors. When asked what she most enjoys about her role, Linda says “ I love the wins, I love getting those services that shouldn’t be so hard for disabled people to access. I love seeing clients’ faces when they tell me that their application for funding has been accepted.”

Linda is a compassionate community member who sees her work as an opportunity to pay it forward, having herself lived on disability, due to a motor vehicle accident that left her with chronic pain. When she isn’t here, actively breaking down barriers to services for our clients, she can be found spending quality time with her four kids and two grandchildren.

Michelle Lampron
Summer Support Staff

CVHIS is pleased to welcome Michelle Lampron to our team for the summer! 

Michelle will be updating our website, assisting with our social media channels, and creating brochures that support the work of the society.

Michelle is entering the final semester of her Post-Baccalaureate degree in education. She holds a BSc. in Geography from UVIC, and a diploma in Environmental Technology from Camosun College. She is making the career change from being a professional nature nerd towards teaching, with the goal of making a difference in the lives of her students. 

Michelle spent her COVID summer of 2020 supporting an extended family member who lives with a brain injury. She found this position immensely rewarding and illuminating of the invisible disability that is head injury. She hopes to use her position as website and social media assistant to increase awareness of head injury in general, as well as the services that the CVHIS can provide to survivors in the Comox Valley.

Board of Directors


Carole Macaloon
President, CVHIS Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

Carole Mcaloon
President, Board of Directors

Carole has held the position of president for 12 years. Prior to that, she committed much time to the society as our Vice President and active volunteer.

Carole’s journey began with her reaching out to CVHIS for support in the late eighties, when she and her husband opened their home to a family member who had suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a motor vehicle accident. At  the time, she says,  the society was small, comprising of only 8-10 people, and meeting at the rec center in Courtenay. 

Over the years she has been involved, the CVHIS has grown substantially,  gained members, and expanded the programs on offer. Of these programs, Carole can be credited for creating the volunteer led lunch program, which began in 1997. Infact, Carol is still very involved in the lunch program, and on Tuesdays, you can find her bringing pies, cakes and the like to the legion to be distributed among participants.

Carole commits much of her spare time to volunteering in the community, with CVHIS and a number of other organizations. She also enjoys reading and makes sure to spend plenty of time outdoors, specifically camping and fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island.