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We are currently hoping to get to know candidates for multiple positions in our Trauma Recovery & Torture Rehabilitation organization. Please look at the respective job descriptions for more details on each position.

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Understand More About Us

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about VAST and the work we do to support refugee mental health and the survivors of torture.

What does VAST do?
What is the definition of ‘refugee’?
How is torture defined?
What are the effects of torture?
How does VAST assist refugees and other newcomers?
How many people does VAST support each year?
Who are your clients?
What languages do your clients speak?
What age groups come to VAST?
I am currently living outside of Canada. How can VAST help me?
What does “Healing is an Act of Resistance” mean?
I want to support the work VAST does. How can I help?
What volunteer opportunities are available?
How can I become a volunteer?
How does VAST support LGBTQ* Refugees?
Who is a protected person?

Our Amazing Team

STAFF
A.R.
Finance & Operations Manager
Elena
Expressive Arts Therapist
Farooq
Editor In Chief of Voices Against Torture
Frank
Executive Director
Hosnia
Intake Support Worker
Jhevoi
Social Worker
Luke
Expressive Arts Therapist
Mackenzie
Administrative Associate
Maria
Clinical Counsellor
Mariana
Clinical Supervisor
Matias
Senior Clinical Counsellor
Rawan
Intake Support Worker
Sara
Intake & Engagement Coordinator
CONTRACTORS
Alana
Outdoors Coordinator
Alejandra
Outreach Associate
Ali
Clinical Counsellor
Anderson
Website Designer
Carolina
Youth Outreach Associate
Fatima
Survivors Advocate Program Associate
Gilberto
Development Coordinator
Guillermo
Film Production & Communications Associate
Maria
Interpreter and Move & Relax Yoga Instructor
Marwan
Clinical Counsellor
Minoo
Clinical Counsellor
Yaimel
Graphic Designer
VOLUNTEERS
James
Research and Documentation Centre
Alka
Business Strategist
Sage
Social Media
Max
Research and Documentation Centre
Leila
Research and Documentation Centre
Justin
Social Media
Joelle
Administrative Volunteer
Dr. Rahul
Psychiatrist
INTERPRETERS
Abeer
Arabic
Celyne
Cantonese, Mandarin
Faustin
French, Kirundi, Swahili, Kinyarwanda
Heyin
Korean
Ibrahim
Arabic
Marian
Portuguese
Maya
Farsi
Negar
Farsi
Nizar
Arabic
Ozlem
Turkish
Rahila
Salah
Oromo, Somali
Samsam
Somali
EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS - VOICES AGAINST TORTURE
Fizza
Higher Education College
Grant
University of British Columbia
Leila
We the MindfulCanada
Mohammad
We the Mindful, Canaan Eco
Patrick
University of The Western Cape
Poulomee
Inclusive Education
Rubina
Quaid-e-Azam University
Wajid
Roots Pakistan
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amelia
Secretary
Dr. Grant
Director
Matthew
Co-Chair
Michelle
Director
Nick
Treasurer
Sonya
Co-Chair

Past Volunteers

Since 1986, VAST has had hundreds of committed, skillful volunteers helping to bring our mission to life. Below is a short alphabetical list of some of our volunteers. If you have been a volunteer in the past, we would love to hear from you, please reach out to our ED: frank@vast-vancouver.ca

Iyabo Abass-Opere • Eva Aboud • Amiri Abouzar • Monica Aguado • Abdul-Aziz Al-RUBAYE • Alana • Huda Al-Saedy • Angelica Alejandra • Abdulamir Ali • Shahla Ali • Mehmet Ali Can • Mohammad Alimardan • Siham Alkhashief • Dina Aloi • Beatriz Alvarez • Anitha Amarnath • Suhair Amin • Abouzar Amiri • Emma Andrews • Neda Ansari • Eduardo Aragon • Anderson Araújo de Miranda • Barbara Arnold • Jose Luis Ayala Alavez • Puneh Erfan Bahrami • Dr. Robert J. Baker • Mamoud Ghafele Bashi • Peter Baza • Fabiola Bazo • Peter Bazovsky • Melissa Beedle • Gholamreza Behboudi • Carmen Bellows • Laura Best • Patricia P Blendal • Conrad Bowden • Pamela Bromley • Bediako Buahene • Dawit Likasa Bulcha • Eduardo Bureos • Pablo Bustos • Alper Caglayan • Shannon Caldwell • Jackie Challis • Alex Charlton • Donna Chen • Brian Chittock • Beverley Como • Craig Costantino • Manuela Costantino • Paul Coulter • Claudette Court • Devyn Cousineau • Joanne Crandall • Marilyn Crystal • Janice Cywinski • Guergen Dankwort • Nooshin Daya • Dr. Yaya de Andrade • Ruben del Muro • Anna Derbis • Michael Dhaliwal • Christina Dhami • Amrit Dhatt • Mira Dodig • Taraneh Erfan • Hassan Erfan • Mahshid Esfandiari • Adriana Espinoza • Danilo Estrada • Denise Faccini • Shokoh Filom • Mehriar Filom • Adrian Fine • Noreen Finerty • Duane Fontaine • Carol Forcier • Rosie Forth • Teya France • Fran Gallo • Dr. Soma Ganesan • Jodie Gauthier • Sareh Geary • Davood Ghavami • Genesis Gonzales-Leang • Oscar Gonzalez • Brian Green • Rita Green • Irene Guinand • Tamara Guyon • Masoud Habibian • Matias Hacker • Elizabeth Hafeli • Saif Hammed • Gail Harmer • Hamid Hashemi • Erik Hellgren • Michael Wilkins Ho • Negar Hooshmand • Katherine Hoover • Kirby Huminuik • James Hutchinson • Heyin Insookim • Ahmad Saleh Khary Ismail • Mauro Jao • Jeff • Satpal Jheeta (Saph) • Azadeh Joharjfard • Susan Johnston • Kambiz Joolaie • Mahpareh Kadri Mokri • Riba Kalb • Golmehr Kazari • Jemal Kenhar • Hossein Kia • Myung Hak kim • Maureen Kirkpatrick • Graham Kosakoski • Selim Koyuncu • Sebnem Koyuncu • Niko Kozobolidis • Freya Kristensen • Anna Kristensen • Greta Kubiliute • Petros Faltamo Kurka • Henry Kurnia • Kie Langille • Harvey Larochelle • Sandra Leang • Yaneth Ledesma • Kathleen Lehan • Shaina Lehan • Jean Lempriere • Ross Lempriere • Sally Li • Augusta Lokhorst • Lise Loubert • Leona Anyi Lu • Jovana Lukic • Hui Luo • Geoff Lyon • Kaleen M’Namara • Clair MacGougan • Sarah MacQueen • Frances MacQueen • John MacQueen • Melia Mah • Joseph Makom • Norma Marcos • Aurelie Marguerite • Erin Marshall • Rosana Martinez • Mariana Martinez Vieyra • Neazi Marzieh • Dr. Gabor Maté • Leigh Matthews • Richard Mauti • Dylan Mazur • Carolyn McCool • Tiffany McFadyen • Trilby McGaw • Kate McLean • Dave McMurran • Sacha Medine • Shonee Mendoza • Victoria Mendoza • Dhaliwal Michael • Michael Milligan • Anne Mills • Naomi Minwalla • Jamal Mirmiran • Yoko Mizuno • Rahman Mofti • Kristin Moller • Shane D. Molyneaux • Paige Morrow • Ashkan Mosavatchi • Jennifer Moss • Arvin Mossavatchi • Maryam Mousavian • Ismael Mubarak • Kathleen Muir • Ethan Murchie • Allison Muth • Marisol Nacho • Ana maria Nacif • Eyob Naizghi • Ahmad Nakhaei • Marzieh Neazi • Jeff Neff • Mehdi Niavarani Zadeh • Azar Niazi • Andrea Noakes • Talisa Nyte • Karen O’Connor • Paul Okhous • Cindy Pan • Adriane Pasa • Valerie Patrick • Diane Payette • Sara Paynter • Nevenka (Beba) Peric • Anne Perival • Kim Peterson • Nilda Phillips Phillips • Rebeca Pinca • Nelson Pineros • Barineka Pius Gbarazia • Paul Plut • Jake Pogoson • Jill Pollack • Antony Porcino • Alfredo Porras • DeeDee Poyner • Terry Preston • Michael Priest • Erin Pritchard • Tarique Qayumi • Sarah Race • Rahila • Setareh Raj • Pablo Francisco Ramirez • Vikki Reynolds • Christopher Richmond • Kirstin Ridout • Gayle Robinson • Shirley Roburn • Carolina Rojas • Sandra Rose • Saba • Sadiq • Taiseer Sadiq • Fatemeh Sadri • Eidy Sadri • Mohamed Said • Massoud Saidi • Merlin Saint Germain • Thomas Salley • Mehri Samiee • Astarte Sands • Heleen Sandvik • Harkamal Sangha • Naoko Sasaki • Linda Schucroft • Stephanie Sersli • Rosa Sevy • Ali Shahin • Asai Shahin • Brooke Shakspeare • Abisheikh Sharma • Tricia Sharp • Farid Sherazi • Goli Shifteh • Mady Sieben • Rekha Singh • Joshua Sohn • Andrea Sola • Bozena Soltys • Gultaj Somani • Dani Srour • Lesley Stalker • Irene Sternitzke • John Steven • Peter Stockholder • Zool K.B. Suleman • Magdalena Sweetgrass • Salimeh Tabirizi • Shalene Takara • Carrie Taylor • Yasmin Tayob • Shireen Tayob Folsen • Scott J. Tebbutt • Aun Than • Mariam Theophanous • Deb Thomas • Soraya Thomas • Christine Thomas • Brian Thomas Peter • Kate Thomas-Peter • Gordon Thompson • Corina Tomlinson • Eric Tse • Adriana Tweedlie • Azam Tyab • Katia Tynan • Catherine Vail • Patrik Valerie • Marieke Vandenhende • Ruperto Vazques • Felipe Vega • Guillermo Verdecchia • Irma Vidal • Anna Vorobyova • Amita Vulimiri • Harmony Wagner • Ali Wajir Hellabad • Wahan Wanis • Dana Wasserman • Seiko Watanabe • Sandi Watson • Rene Weideman • Brenda Wemp • Ben West • Peter Williamson • Hassan Wojcik • Sarah Wojcik • Angela Wong • Emily Wong • Yvonne Woo • Joseph Wosk • Elaine Wynne • Kay Young • Barb Young • Ali Yusuf • Farhad Zandi • Hamid Zarei • Michelle Zhang • Maggie Ziegler

Thank You for the Support