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The Newfoundland & Labrador Brain Injury Association is a non-profit advocacy organization which strives to improve the quality of life of survivors, their families and friends.


Helping to identify the needs of survivors, their families and friends. Enhancing access to quality care and services. Improving public awareness of brain injury through education.


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Marina White

Marina White


I’ve been involved with the NLBIA since late 2001. I decided to become involved with the association after my son was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. I felt the need to become involved was to primarily to help my son and along the way become an advocate for other survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and share some of my own experiences in order to help others in the same situation.

My background is Interior Design and Decorating and I left my business behind when my son became injured.

I have served on the NLBIA Board of Directors for 10 years, the NLBIA Executive Board as Secretary for 4 years, the national Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) for 4 years to represent Newfoundland and Labrador. I am also the NLBIA Group Coordinator for A.B.L.E. which is the acronym for ADULTS WITH BRAIN INJURY LIVING EVERYDAY.

Volunteering became a passion of mine at the early age of 12 and I have been involved in many organizations throughout my life. I have met many wonderful people along the way and to be able to volunteer has been very fulfilling and quite rewarding.

Philip Warren

Philip Warren

Vice President

Born and raised in St. John’s and still living in St. John’s. Graduated from MUN Bachelor of Commerce 1996 and Dalhousie Law School in  2000 and practicing law since 2001. Former Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Disability Review Tribunal, former President of the Parkinson’s Society Canada, and past director with the Independent Living Resource Centre.

James Johnston

James Johnston


Jim was born and raised in St.John’s, Newfoundland and has served on multiple Boards over the years both here and in Windsor, Ontario. In the spirit of volunteerism, he is currently serving on four boards and also a Director with his Liberal Riding Association.
His current board involvement is as a board member of management for Lavrock Camp, board Member and Treasurer for Gospel Folk, director and treasurer for NLBIA board of directors and his church board.
Jim is also involved in many other organizations on an as needed basis. As treasurer Jim is dedicated to ensuring accuracy and transparency of NLBIA. 
Theresa Myrick

Theresa Myrick



– Stella Maris High School, Trepassey
– College of the North Atlantic, clerk/Accounting
– ICS, Montreal, Business Management Diploma


– Fishery Products International (22 years), various roles – accounting, payroll, secretary to Plant Manager and Personnel Officer.
– Women in Resource Development (15 years) administration and finance.

Volunteer work:
– Girl Guides of Canada, Leader and Treasurer:
– 4H leader and coordinator
– Director Trepassey Recreation
– Board member, Trepassey Rural Development Board:

– Member, tourism and culture committee, Irish Loop Zone Board
– Volunteer with Terry Fox Foundation, NL Chapter
Keith Pike

Keith Pike


Keith Pike has been a past Vice President and editor of the former 1997 Newsletter “Synapse”. Keith is retired and has been a member of the brain injury association for a very long time. Keith holds a diploma in Vocational education from MUN, and desires to help persons with brain injuries as a result of his own constant struggle. He hopes by sharing his experiences and advocating for monthly survivor support groups that it will help people make that huge step between “being a victim to being a survivor”! 

Samantha Gerbeau

Samantha Gerbeau


Samantha Gerbeau has been volunteering for several years serving various organizations with
her background in Public Relations and Communications. As a publisher and the author of The
ABC’s of the Real Treat!, a children’s food book about healthy eating, she has used her skills in
event planning, marketing and media relations to help several causes related to preventative
health care and healthy living. Volunteering with Memorial Toastmaster in the past, she served
as President and VP Public Relations where she organized a team to build up the membership,
making it one of the most successful chapters in the province. She considers working with the
Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association a prime fit for exercising both team work
and creating more funding and awareness for the organization.

Walter Lush

Walter Lush


Walter Lush transforms intricate challenges into achievements and milestones as a result of his vigor, tenacity and strategic planning.  He has a deepening passion for family/global unity, particularly when affected by traumatic events.  Against this backdrop, Walter has a proven track record of successfully completing difficult work assignments while motivating organizations and demonstrating inspirational leadership.  Respected as a credible maritime manager, Walter has created productive teams of key people who have completed complex tasks, even when confronted with adversity.

Currently, as an experienced manager in the transportation industry, and Ships Captain/Pilot, Walter has an extensive background in policy, budgeting, vender negotiations, developing personnel relationships, decision-making, strategic planning, and procedure development.  He is now spearheading a project and business plan for Caribbean cruises which entails a thorough nautical experience theme package.

Previously, the scope of Walter’s qualifications and experience comprises background in both the maritime public and private sector.  This includes assignments with various private companies, the Department of National Defense(Naval Reserves), and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans under the federal government.  Earlier he was an advocate of health and wellness while volunteering as a fitness/aerobics instructor which involved specialized classes for participants who had cardiac incidences.  His diverse experience and background will be an asset when fundraising for the NL (Newfoundland and Labrador) Brain Injury Association.

Walter Holds an MMM (Masters of Maritime Management), BMS (Bachelors of Maritime Studies), and a Diploma of Nautical Science from the Memorial University of NL.  Walter serves on several boards and committees such as OSH (Occupational Health and Safety), and the board of directors of the NL Brain Injury Association.