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Support. Care. Knowledge.

Support

We provide personal and family consultations, workshops and information sessions, group support sessions, and specialized exercise classes.

Care

Our professional staff offer a wide variety of services to clients at all stages of the lifecycle, from children to seniors, and their loved ones.

Knowledge

We welcome calls for information and assistance - connecting with schools, workplaces and the community.

Our Team

To contact any staff members, please click on their names to send them an e-mail or contact the office at 250-475-6677. 

 Zuzanna Szkudlarek | Executive Director  

 Zuzanna started off her career in the world of nonprofits, with an undergraduate degree in International Relations (York University), with the understanding that the types of changes she wanted to make in the world, began at the grassroots level. Since then, and for   the next 18 years, she has devoted her professional, academic life as well as her volunteer service to the non-profit sector.  “My great passion is to build partnerships between people, organizations and ultimately the community.” Zuzanna has a  MEd in Leadership Studies (University of Victoria), which is largely focused on leadership, learning for social justice and community development. “I strongly believe that through support, care and knowledge, which are central to Headway’s mission, we can all truly achieve peaceful, whole, and meaningful lives.”

After working and volunteering with human service, environmental, art, and most recently, higher education agencies, Zuzanna came to HeadWay because she wanted to make a difference for people living with chronic health conditions. “I want to help break obstacles and barriers and create chances for social inclusion and growth.”

In addition to being Headway’s newest team member, her true loves are her soccer loving teenagers, a challenging and wild hike, and a great life adventure, not always in that order. 

 

 Madelaine Ross | Parkinson's Client and Family Care Manager

After graduating from Psychiatric Nursing in 1983, Madelaine began her career in mental health working with adolescents. Throughout her career, she has worked as a clinician with individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of community, residential, and acute care programs across B.C. She uses a broad range of therapeutic approaches and is committed to empowering people diagnosed with serious and persistent illness to live well, including their support people. Furthering her education, Madelaine earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Northern B.C. with a Master of Science in Community Health degree and has taken on roles including, educator, frontline leader, clinical coordinator, as well as case manager. She maintains a keen interest in research and hopes to use her clinical experience and networking skills to support Headway clients. In her spare time, Madelaine can be found painting in the studio or as an artist volunteer.

 


 Tania Fritz | Donor Relations and Office Coordinator

 Tania is a born and raised Island Girl having spent most of her life and career immersed in our island communities. Having recently come off a career change from the high stress world of television news, Tania reassessed her goals and values and started looking for what she most wanted to do in this next stage of life. While on that path she found the wonderful world of non-profits.  “Being able to put all your passion and hard work into something so meaningful and important to the members of our community is so rewarding.”  She currently works for 3 local non-profits part time but it is her work at HeadWay that she finds so rewarding. “Getting to meet and learn about all of our amazing clients here at the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre has been so amazing. Hearing their stories and seeing how they support and encourage one another is utterly inspiring!”

You can find Tania in the office Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm.

 


Deirdre Syms | Epilepsy Services Manager