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Our Governance

Aftermath Association is a democratic not-for-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling our Vision and Mission of eliminating mental and spiritual anguish by responding to human need with human care.

The Aftermath Association is governed by the General Assembly, the highest authoritative body of the Association, which convenes once a year. The Board of Directors, composed of 12 members appointed by the majority vote of the General Assembly for a period of two years, functions as the highest authoritative body of the Association in the interim between two General Assemblies. The chairperson and members of the Executive Board of Aftermath Association are appointed members of the Board of Directors and are responsible for the day-to-day management of Association affairs.

The Camp Aftermath Steering Committee manages Camp Aftermath.

Board of Directors

Based in Ottawa, Camp Aftermath is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Click on their pictures for an extended biography.

Farid Yaghini

Founder

Born into a persecuted religious minority within Iran in 1980, Farid’s childhood was greatly affected by war and discrimination. When he was eight years old, his family fled Iran and eventually settled in Toronto, Canada. In 2002, Farid joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he served two tours in Afghanistan. During his active service, Farid witnessed multiple traumatic events that affected both his personal and professional life. After his final tour, Farid settled into civilian life but couldn’t take his mind off the plight of other veterans who had developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2016, he conceived the idea of Camp Aftermath to help people suffering from PTSD, and, together with a number of friends who shared his vision, he formed Aftermath Association, the parent body of Camp Aftermath.

Hamid Simab

Founding Member

In 1980, Hamid was a 25-year old medical intern when he was arrested for being a member of a secular anti-Soviet resistance group in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. He was physically and psychologically tortured during interrogation and later, during the eight years he spent as a dissident and prisoner of conscience in the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi prison in Kabul. Hamid takes great pride in having remained true to his principles and his friends during the worst of times, when he experienced “the best and the worst of humankind and what they can do.” After his release in 1988, Hamid trained for two years as a psychiatrist, but was displaced to Pakistan with his family during the Afghan civil war in 1992. Between his release from prison and displacement due to war, Hamid helped create the first volunteer organization in Afghanistan, the Mental Health Volunteers Association, and later the Family Welfare Foundation.

Véronique Bérubé

Founding Member

Director of Events

Véronique grew up in Trenton and the Ottawa area with parents who were in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After completing a BSocSc with a focus in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Ottawa and pursuing a career in the Government of Canada, it only seemed natural that she would eventually work at National Defence. It was in that job that she came to realize the impact that serving in the military has on the lives of its members and the sacrifices they make. After hearing about Farid's story and vision for Camp Aftermath, Véronique jumped on the opportunity to get involved.

Jonathan Wismer

Founding Member

Jonathan joined the Army Reserve, an integrated component of the Canadian Army, at the age of 17 as a combat engineer. He was employed by his regiment for over 10 years and worked as a senior non-commissioned officer. Jonathan also helped train countless reservists and combat engineers across Canada. During this time, Jonathan also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History degree, followed by a Master of Public Administration.

James Van Wort

Founding Member

Following in the footsteps of four generations of a family who served, James joined the military in 1988. He served twenty-three years in the Army, with three deployments to Afghanistan, one of which was with Canada’s Special Forces group.

Board of Directors

Based in Ottawa, Camp Aftermath is run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Farid Yaghini

Founder

Hamid Simab

Founding Member

Véronique Bérubé

Director of Events

Jonathan Wismer

Founding Member

James Van Wort

Founding Member

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