BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rhonda Dyck – President
Carol Lees – Vice President
Julie Veer – Treasurer
Lisa Boyes – Director
Nicole Read – Director
Allyson McKenzie – Director
Melody Kerr – Director
Patti MacAhonic, MBA – Executive Director, Ex Officio
Dionne McGrath – Cultural/Elder Advisor
Rhonda Dyck, President
Born in British Columbia, Rhonda completed her education in Kelowna British Columbia. Rhonda has two children and one step child and has been involved in the gaming industry since the age of 12 and is currently the Director of Operations with Chances Chilliwack. Rhonda was the 2015 Diamond winner for exemplary service. Involved in supporting many community events Rhonda served in The Ft.Langley Pioneers Lions Club for many years and held many executive positions. Rhonda is very happy to serve on the board of directors for the Ann Davis Transition Society. Rhonda is very proud of the community that she lives and works in.
Carol Lees, Vice 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.
Julie Veer, Treasurer
Julie has a Bachelor of Science in Substance Addiction and Criminology from the University of Montreal and spent 10 years working in Montreal in a drug and alcohol treatment centre for adults and teens. After moving to Chilliwack in 2005, Julie worked for the Conseil Scolaire Francophone (French school board) and currently for the Chilliwack School Board SD33 as an Educational Assistant. Her passions include travelling and helping others.
Julie began a term on the ADTS Board in 2015 and is thrilled to be involved with the Ann Davis Transition Society and the valuable help it provides to our community.
Lisa Boyes, Director
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 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 Ann Davis Transition Society
Nicole Read, Director
Nicole has been a member of the Chilliwack community her entire life. She has watched the community grow from a small farming community to an energetic, inclusive, welcoming business community. She has a diverse business background including fitness instruction, banking, sports retail, sales and marketing, restaurant, and employment services. Currently, Nicole is involved in Chilliwack Healthier Community and is the Chair for the Poverty Reduction Task team. Their primary goal is to set up a Poverty Reduction Strategy for Chilliwack. Nicole serves as a member of the Chilliwack Rotary Club and is passionate about bringing new opportunities to her community. She focuses her energy on helping people attain their goals and live a life out of poverty. Nicole is excited to be a part of ADTS and to be an ambassador of their programs.
Allyson McKenzie, Director
Allyson originally comes from Surrey and relocated to Chilliwack in 2012. She currently holds a leadership role within an insurance company in town. Through her employment, Allyson has had the opportunity to volunteer with many local organizations and as such, has discovered a passion for helping and giving back to a community she is passionate about. Allyson is thrilled to be a part of Ann Davis Transition Society.
Allyson enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and golfing.
Melody Kerr, Director
Melody has worked at Global Television for the past 20 years and has experience with sales and marketing for conventional television as well as radio and digital sales. Global Television is strong supporter of volunteering, and giving back to our communities and in 2017 presented Melody with the Show we Care Award. Melody Kerr was born in Montreal and moved to BC with her family as a child, she has a 33 year old son who currently working as a producer in Los Angeles. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, traveling and music festivals.
Some of Melody’s volunteer experience includes 5 years with Share society on the Crisis Line, working with advocates for the homeless at First United Shelter and as a Director for 5 years with Blanket BC.
Melody is very enthusiastic to be a part of Ann Davis 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.
Dionne McGrath, Cultural/Elder Advisor
Dionne’s ancestral name is Tiw a Nukw’7aylh (helper of the people). She was born and raised in Sto:lo territory. Dionne’s father is from Rosedale, BC and her mother is from St’at’imc territory. Dionne is the mother of 3 beautiful children and 3 grandchildren.
Dionne became a part of the Ann Davis Transition Society in 2018 as a cultural/elder advisor. She carries a lot of pride in her Native culture and spirituality. Her career background has been in the helping field for over 10 years; either as a youth worker or support worker. Dionne has a passion when helping others.