"Our mentors aren't people who are older or more experienced than you are, they are the men and women who understand your struggle and truly care about you and your recovery. Their mission is to support, guide, and work with you in your continued journey to wellness"
Wayne is a 25 Year Army Veteran, Physician Assistant with a Bachelor Degree in Science. He has multiple tours in his service of Canada. He founded Alliance Veterans PTSD Retreat in 2014, and sits on the Board of Directors of it's Canadian non-profit organization. He is the Medical Authority for the program, and Lead Mentor. His medical experience also encompasses Certified Instructor for First Aid, CPR (level C), AED. He is a PADI Advanced diver, qualified in both Dive & Advanced Dive Medicine, and he has additional backgrounds in rappelling, & mountaineering .
Cynthia is the Alliance Veterans Retreat Program Director, and sits on AVR Board of Directors. Cynthia is the co- owner of Cummings Highlands Eco Resort and The Nifty Thrift Shop in Victoria BC, that solely supports veteran PTSD programming. She is the founder of the Yoga Alliance accredited school Katahimikan Yoga, holding the 200H YA Certification, specializing as in Trauma Specific yoga and is certified as a Warriors at Ease Level 1 Instructor. She provides the iRest Yoga Nidera meditation practice for mindfulness in the program. She holds certificates in Mental Health first Aid, Wilderness First Aid, CPR and is a volunteer with the Philippine Red Cross.
Jani sits on the Board of Directors of Alliance Veterans Retreat, and is a Senior Mentor, who is from Nanaimo B.C. She is a retired Military Police Officer, and Emergency Program Manager. She also has worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Her experience as a Commercial Diver, 200H Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Instructor, Warriors at Ease Instructor Level 1, Trauma based yoga instructor, and is certified Mental Health First Aid. She is a certified wellness/life coach, and conducts wellness workshops. She is an invaluable asset to the programs guiding principals.
Chris is a 16 year veteran with the Canadian Military Police who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in Politics and Military Psychology and Leadership from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and the Founder of Family for Life, a Non-Profit community of veterans and first responders who have put service to others before themselves. Chris is also the Director of Client Services at Fortius Health, a clinic that delivers modern, integrated, holistic mental and physical wellness programs to the veteran and first responder community. Chris is a true asset to the programs guiding principals.
Bruno is a 15 year veteran who lives in Victoria B.C, is a Veteran, North Pole Explorer, Entrepreneur, Coach, and Invictus Games and Bell Let's Talk Ambassador. He is a published author of his book THE UNBROKEN, and is a coveted public speaker on mental health issues.
Starr is our retreat Yoga Alliance Accredited 200H Yoga Instructor specializing in: Trauma Based Yoga & Warriors at Ease Instructor Level 1. She is a Lead Adventure Guide, PADI Dive Instructor, Certified Rescue Diver and POUND fitness instructor. She is a CPR, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Emergency First Responder qualified. Starr's wellness workshop of art thearapy is a highlight of creativity to our program. She dedicated her career to the health and wellness of the military and their families.
Deo is Tablas Islands Local Expert on Retreat Excursions. Cultural Events, and Island History. He is a certified Free Diver, Certified CPR and Wilderness CPR. We are honoured to have him donate his time to our program since 2015, showcasing all our islands treasures to particpants.
Tom is a retired US Navy SEAL. During his military career he served at the Tier 1/2 levels having performed as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Anti and counter terrorism, MOUT, CQB and Maritime Operations.
Sean is a 22 year US Army veteran, with multiple tours in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Currently he works as a US security contractor as the Logistical Director for the Middle East and Africa