Meet Our TeamWe walk alongside you on the path of recovery.
Armour Addiction is home to the most innovative, dynamic, and collaborative addiction treatment team on Vancouver Island.
Not only are we talented and dedicated to recovery, we also happen to have huge hearts and care deeply about our clients.
We, as a team, will support you through your recovery and walk every step alongside you.
You never have to face your recovery alone.
Jacqueline Armour - Founder
PhD (c), Sexologist, MA, ICADC, CCAC, CSAT, CSAT-S, CCTP, CARC, MSLC
Peter Barry - Continuing Care Coordinator
Peter’s journey into recovery began in 2016. A graduate of Camosun’s Mental Health and Addictions Program, Peter brings both personal experience and foundational knowledge of the many difficulties around Substance Abuse and Mental Health recovery. His extensive work with individuals in recovery-based supportive living gives him a unique insight into the many day-to-day challenges of early recovery, and the opportunities to learn and grow from those experiences. His ease and ability to connect with individuals has helped him connect with many clients on a deep, personal level and helped them achieve many successes. Having worked in, and deeply involved in the Victoria recovery community, Peter has great connections and knowledge of the services and resources available to clients to help them achieve their individual needs and goals in recovery.
Geri Laurence – Somatic Therapist
As a deeply knowledgeable, intuitive guest speaker, and group facilitator with over 27 years of combined experience working in addictions and disabilities, Geri has made it her life’s work to contribute to the health and welfare of others when they need it most.
Training with world-renowned industry experts, she has both founded and worked with many different organizations that support some of society’s most vulnerable populations. For the past 5 years Geri has focused solely on supporting individuals recovering from addictions and codependency and integrates her training in somatic therapy to educate and teach participants how to resolve trauma within their nervous systems. Geri specializes in working with military professionals and individuals who suffer from PTSD. Geri completed her Somatic Therapy training with the Somatic Experiencing Institute at the University of British Columbia and is also a senior yoga instructor with 20+ years of experience recognized by the Yoga Association of British Columbia and the Yoga Alliance.
Kennedy Lewis - Counsellor
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Kennedy is a Certified Canadian Counsellor that specializes in trauma. She completed her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria where she focused on counselling men that have PTSD. She currently operates a private practice where she does extensive trauma work with her clients, integrating Gestalt, Interpersonal and Polyvagal approaches. Kennedy does work with individuals, couples and families at an agency in Victoria that specializes in supporting MCFD involved clients. She also co-operates a program called Extraordinary Workers that provides counselling services, workshops and trainings for support, front line and outreach workers.
Kennedy believes that unresolved trauma can be a primary driver of distress; whether someone is coping with addiction, domestic violence, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, self- harming, etc. Often, people have a hard time coming back to a place of internal or external safety when an event, or series of events has occurred. She is passionate about supporting people in finding a sense of safety, so they can begin to explore root causes and create sustainable, meaningful change in their own lives.
Richard Osler - Poetry Therapist
Vahini Govender - Expressive Arts Therapist
MC:AT, BA (Psych.), DVATI, RCC
Vahini is a registered clinical counsellor and art therapist on Vancouver Island who provides private practice/contracted services, and specializes in groups. She obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology, then continued with counselling psychology and art therapy in her graduate degree.
As an artist and writer, Vahini was aware of the ‘powers of art/creativity’ before she started her formal education, and she now intertwines this wisdom with her philosophy of ‘deep breathing and self compassion.’ She loves the woods, the ocean, hikes, and yoga. She researches various topics, eats good food, drinks nice beverages, and spends time with the people she loves. She also enjoys typewriting, film photography, and other analog ways of doing things.