VLAF Board Members
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.
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.
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.
Caitlin S. Green, BPR, LL.B.
A Fredericton-based lawyer and member of the New Brunswick Bar, Caitlin divides her time between her busy household, a budding legal career, and considerable volunteer work. In addition to VLAF, Caitlin has volunteered with UNICEF, World Vision, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Halifax Multicultural Festival. In 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti, Caitlin spent 10 days volunteering at a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince and returned in 2011 to help build a school. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Caitlin obtained her PR degree in Halifax, NS, studied Law at University of Leicester, UK, and worked in London, UK. She also has worked as the Events and Communications Manager for Manuels River Interpretation Centre, a registered charity in NL.
Robert Smol served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves for over 20 years enrolling as a Private in the Infantry and retiring in 2004 as a Captain in the Intelligence Branch. He moved with his family to Nova Scotia in 2020 after a long career in education. He holds degrees from McGill, Queen’s and the Royal Military College and is currently completing a Ph.D in Military History from the University of New Brunswick. Robert is also a licensed Paralegal for the Province of Ontario and holds a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Centennial College in Toronto. He has written extensively over the years on military, veteran and education issues for the CBC, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star and various other newspapers and magazines.
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.