Administrative Staff

Elizabeth Newcombe, Executive Director, Vancouver Island Crisis Society Elizabeth Newcombe

Executive Director, Vancouver Island Crisis Society (since 1992)

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Lyndsay Wells, Community Education Program Coordinator, Vancouver Island Crisis Society Lyndsay Wells

Community Education Program Coordinator


  • Master Trainer, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Crisis Intervention Skills Training (CIST)
  • GRASP High School Training (Growth, Resiliency, Acknowledgement, Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Planning) for Grades 8 to 12
  • COPE Elementary School Training (Communication, Options, Perspective, Enjoy Life) for Grades 5 to 7
  • Speak Out Reach Out Help Out for Grades 5 to 12
  • Customized training workshops
  • Regional Consultation and Workshops regarding Suicide Bereavement Support

Published in International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies (Vol. 5, No. 1 - 2014): Connection and Relational Engagement in a Youth Suicide Prevention Program

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Debbi Mahaffy, Crisis Line Services Manager / Trainer, Vancouver Island Crisis Society Debbi Mahaffy

Crisis Line Services Manager

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Heather Owen, Promotions & Community Relations Coordinator, Vancouver Island Crisis Society Heather Owen

Community Education Trainer (Casual)


  • Master Trainer, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Registered Trainer, safeTALK: suicide alertness training
  • Crisis Intervention Skills Training (CIST)


Shawna Gibbs

Crisis Line Training Coordinator

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Kirsty Fritz

Coordinator of Volunteers/Trainer

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Rene Jones

Administrative Assistant

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Emily Post

Community Awareness Coordinator


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Joanne Hogan, Office and Website Manager, Vancouver Island Crisis Society Joanne Hogan

Office and Promotions Administrator

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