The Team - Watson Centre Society for Brain Health

The Team

Leanne Rockliff

Interim Co-Executive Director


I am driven to promote change within people so that as a society we can grow. When I was first introduced to Watson Centre Society for Brain Health, I was inspired seeing the growth and potential to make a positive impact on so many futures…

Marie-Eve Guillotte

Interim Co-Executive Director


In 2014, Marie-Eve was diagnosed with a devastating brain infection and had six brain surgeries. After her first surgery she became paralyzed and had to learn to walk again. She worked hard on her rehabilitation, after which she was left on her own to figure out…

Niall Grainger

Cognitive Instructor and Personal Trainer


Niall Grainger is a certified Personal Trainer & Strength and Conditioning coach, His background is in Corrective Exercise, injury prevention and Strength & conditioning which he has a tremendous passion for and large experience in…

Lynnea Thorkelson

Cognitive Instructor and Art Therapist 


Lynnea is also a Registered Art Therapist with a keen interest in creativity, embodiment, mindfulness and visualization. Having experienced a brain injury herself, Lynnea brings lived experience, compassion, encouragement and care to…


Board of Directors

Mark Watson, MA

Board Member, Chair


Brain injury, concussions and brain change have always been of interest to me. As an educator and athlete, I have always appreciated the role of rehabilitation in increasing performance. Understanding alternative learning platforms has been of interest…

Naoko Yamaguchi

Board member, Treasurer

Naoko has a background in human resources and financial management. She oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances, including development and management of budgets and reporting to boards. Naoko is excited to be part of the Watson Centre Society…

Dave Babych

Board Member


Dave has lived in the Greater Vancouver area for over 25 years. He is a former professional athlete playing 19 years in the NHL, seven of those with the Vancouver Canucks. Currently, he acts as an Ambassador with the Vancouver Canucks and as a partner…

Kerry Phillips

Board Member 


I am a recently retired Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) with the BC Emergency Health Services. Having spent the last 30 years or more submersed in the organized chaos of human crisis, I sought to engage in something a little more focused! I have spent a number of years volunteering and chairing for boards in the Not For Profit – Health & Wellness industry…

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Stuart Hankinson

Board Member


Stuart is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Vancouver. His practice focuses on complex construction, commercial and insurance dispute resolution. He frequently acts as counsel, or as a mediator, arbitrator or facilitator. Stuart also lectures regularly for organizations…


Kimberly Chow Tan

Board Member


In 2018, Kimberly turned to the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health for support. At the WCSBH, she found a compassionate community, helpful resources and a wealth of information. She feels lucky to have found the WCSBH…

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Cael Hibbert

Board Member

Cael has worked as a Case Manager at leading personal injury firms in downtown Vancouver since 2016. His primary responsibilities include advising injured clients on the ICBC claims process and managing their cases through to settlement…


Advisory Board

Howard Eaton

Advisory Board Member


I love creating educational, life-enhancing programs for children, young adults and adults. My focus has been on building educational environments for children with a variety of special needs profiles – from those who are diagnosed as gifted with learning challenges to others with severe learning disabilities….

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Lillian Wong

Advisory Board Member
After over 30 years of living with a brain injury, 25 years of facilitating brain injury support groups and 15 years of working with the disabled, poor and marginalized, Lillian’s passion is to point people towards hope. Her social work and counselling backgrounds…


The Founders, Board of Directors & Staff are committed to providing an encouraging atmosphere for people with brain injury to help them move forward no matter what the time frame of their injury is.

Core Values

Safety, empathy, determination, collaboration and growth.


Improving the quality of life for people who have suffered brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, or concussions.


To provide programs, delivered by specialists, for the purpose of helping people with brain injury to improve and reclaim their lives to the fullest.