VLAF Board Members
An experienced litigator and Counsel with Murphy Battista, Peter was lead counsel on the Supreme Court case, Manuge v. Her Majesty The Queen, resulting in the recovery of approximately $900 million dollars for over 8,000 disabled former members of the Canadian Forces. In addition, Peter was counsel in the matter of White v. Her Majesty The Queen, a similar action to Manuge, seeking the recovery of disability benefits wrongly offset from benefits payable to disabled former members of the RCMP. Peter also initiated the class action of King v. The Province of Nova Scotia ultimately resulting in the return of monies to participants in the Nova Scotia Immigrant Nominee Program.
A well-known former member of Parliament and a long-time supporter of veterans’ rights, Peter is Chair of the VLAF. Peter served as a Member of Parliament for the riding of Sackville-Eastern Shore from 1997 to 2015. From 2011-2015, he served as the Official Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs. During this time, Peter was named Canada’s Parliamentarian of the year 2013, and received the Veterans Ombudsman award. Peter has been knighted into the Order of St. George and also has been knighted by the King of the Netherlands into the Order of Orange Nassau. Peter is highly-regarded in his community and a strong advocate for Canadian military veterans and their service needs.
Dr. Jessica Driscoll
Dr. Jessica Driscoll is a Registered Psychologist in the province of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working with a broad range of psychological problems experienced by adolescents and adults. Jessica provides comprehensive psychological and risk assessments, and has been qualified as an expert in the Canadian Courts. In her current private practice, a large portion of her practice includes the provision of psychological interventions and assessments for Veterans (working closely with Veterans Affairs Canada) and first responders.
Christine Nault is a Halifax lawyer with expertise in litigation and insurance law. Her unique experience includes serving as Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada from 2010-2011. While in Ottawa, she also worked for the Federal Department of Justice. Since returning to Halifax in 2012, Christine practiced insurance law with notable private firms prior to joining an insurance company as counsel in 2017. Christine is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and Dalhousie Law School. She was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 2009 and is the proud wife of a serving naval officer.
Sandra is the Executive Director of VLAF. She is a communications specialist with a 25-year track-record leading teams in writing, marketing, advertising, media relations, event planning and customer feedback. She provided communications advice to the SISIP Class Action team for many years, and worked directly with veterans who were members of the class. Sandra has a Bachelor of Journalism (Hons) from University of King’s College, and worked as a reporter early in her career. Sandra grew up in a Canadian Forces family, and continues to have strong connections with her family’s military history and friends.