BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carol Lees – President
Lisa Boyes – Vice President
Brenda McCourt – Treasurer
Barry Stevenson – Director
Jessica Steiner – Director
Emma Snyder – Director
Catherine Drennan – Director
Patti MacAhonic, MBA – Executive Director, Ex Officio
Carol Lees, President
Carol’s career has been in the field of Education, first as a teacher for 15 years, then as a school administrator for another 23 years, finally focusing on Seniors as the Coordinator for Elder College Chilliwack, prior to retiring. Carol earned a BA and an M. Ed during her working years, and brings an educational lens to her role as an Ann Davis board member. Carol has been a resident of Chilliwack for most of her adult life, and is proud and honoured to be able to give back to her favourite city through her association with the Ann Davis Transition Society.
Lisa Boyes, Vice-President
Lisa Boyes was born in Surrey B.C. and moved to Chilliwack in 2000 to raise her family. She has been married for 24 years and has one son. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and camping. Lisa has worked for Envision Financial for 20 years supporting individuals and businesses to reach their goals by offering advice and products to make it happen. She feels it’s important to spend some of your time supporting the community you live in. Lisa has supported many charity events over her 18 years in Chilliwack and is excited to be part of the Ann Davis Transition Society
Brenda McCourt, Treasurer
Brenda McCourt is a lawyer who relocated from Vancouver to Chilliwack on retirement in 2016. After growing up in small-town Saskatchewan, Brenda spent more than 30 years practising law in Toronto and Vancouver, in large and small firms, primarily specialising in family law and mediation.
During her career, she taught and wrote on legal topics, and was an executive officer for various law-related organizations. She brings to the Board her experience in helping clients make the necessary transitions in their lives. She describes herself as having a lifelong drive to help people in trouble.
Barry Stevenson, B.Sc. M.Sc. M.Sc. (HSP), Director
Barry’s professional career has included over 25 years of executive leadership and management experience in the health care and high technology sectors including 10 years as a senior provincial government official in the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
As Founder and President, B.W. Stevenson & Associates, Ltd., Barry’s professional focus as an Organizational Development Consultant has included 16 years of working with national and international clients in a variety of leadership and team development initiatives.
As a former Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University and Clinical Assistant/Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, he has taught in the areas of leadership, systems theory and organizational change.
Barry’s past community interests have included serving on the Board of Atira Transition House in White Rock, B.C. and as a senior health care representative with the Surrey Rotary Club. He is retired and with his wife, Janice, has recently relocated to Chilliwack.
He enjoys the active pursuit of learning and is a strong supporter of sustainable communities and is looking forward to serving as a member of the ADTS Board in their efforts to provide education, prevention and support services to those affected by abuse or violence.
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Emma Snyder, BBA ,
Emma Snyder was born and raised in Chilliwack, and has recently completed her Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of the Fraser Valley. Currently, Emma is studying to become a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a staff accountant at KPMG in the Enterprise Audit group.
Emma is enthusiastic about hiking in southwest BC, travelling around the world, and giving back to her community in Chilliwack. She is proud and considers it an honour to serve as a board member for the Ann Davis Transition Society.
Patti MacAhonic, MBA, Executive Director, Ex Officio
Patti MacAhonic has been with Ann Davis Transition Society as Executive Director since November 2013. She has grown the organization by tripling service, adding a 22 bed specialized transition house, founded the Fraser Valley Marches for Women march and is most proud of her caring and compassionate team. She has leadership experience gained through non-profit, intergovernmental, and business organizations, including Executive Director of the BC Wildlife Federation, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, BC Brain Injury Association; she has volunteered on numerous provincial and national boards as director, treasurer and advisor over the past 20 years.
Patti was awarded the Provincial Crime Prevention and Public Safety Award of Distinction 2018, the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award and in the top 40 Alumni University of the Fraser Valley. After being widowed her successful lobbying efforts were instrumental in passing of BC’s Bill C-37 2003, concerning the rights of children and survivors of workplace fatalities.