2017-2018 BOARD MEMBERS
Rhonda Dyck, President
Julie Veer, Vice President
Lorale Houde, Treasurer
Karen Bunner, Director
Leanne Adderley, Director
Paula DeWit, Director
Nick Cooper, Director
Kirsten Hauge, Director & Past President
Patti MacAhonic, MBA – Executive Director, Ex Officio
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.
Julie Veer – Vice President
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.
Laurel Houde – Treasurer
Karen Bunner BScN MN – Director
Karen Bunner BScN MN is the British Columbia Community Response Networks Regional Mentor for Fraser Valley East covering the territory from Mission to Boston Bar and previously was a Director with the Fraser Health Authority. Karen’s background is nursing and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alberta. She has held various leadership positons in acute care, community care with an emphasis on mental health and also has served with the Canadian Military and worked with Corrections. Karen has actively participated and collaborated in and on a variety of community initiatives including Housing for the Homeless and RCMP Crisis Intervention Training. Karen strongly believes in community engagement, partnerships and collaboration as that is how we will improve our services in those residing in our communities.
Leanne Adderley – Director
Leanne Adderley has been a leader and senior account manager with Rogers Media locally and STAR 98.3 for over 17 years. She is very involved in local charities and enjoys giving back to the community she loves.
She and her husband of 23 years, Shawn, love to spend their weekends with family and friends at her cabin in Tullameen. She likes wine, traveling, her husband and her two long-haired German Sheppards – not necessarily in that order.
Leanne lives and breathes the community. She is extremely creative and driven to succeed. She is passionate about radio and has a “get ‘er done” attitude … which is why her clients trust her – and her team LOVES her!
Paula DeWit – Director
Ms. Paula DeWit is a well known musician and conductor with a great interest in the artistic direction of both choirs and orchestras. She has excelled with the support and encouragement of her friends, family and fellow musicians.. In addition to being a co-founder of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with her late husband Maestro John van Liempt, she has initiated The Chilliwack Children’s Choir, Belle Voci and the CSO Starlets. In addition to being a Rotarian, DeWit has volunteered in the community by leading choirs at both Bernard Elementary School and St Mary’s Parish School. DeWit recently helped organized an event to raise the awareness of PTSD when EAST MEETS WEST the last journey of The Long Way Home team was welcomed to Chilliwack. This was their final destination tackling western Canada in aid of those living with PTSD.
DeWit believes there is Healing and Hope in music and feels that she is a good fit for the Ann Davis Transition Society and looks forward to helping in anyway she can.
Nick Cooper – Director
Nick grew up in Chilliwack. He studied psychology and English literature during his undergraduate degree and law thereafter. In his spare time, Nick enjoys playing baseball, basketball, reading, hiking, swimming, and exploring the wild with his two Labrador Retrievers. Nick joined our board of directors in 2016. He has deep roots in the Fraser Valley and is committed to giving back in whatever way he can.
Kirsten Hauge-Browning – Past President
With a background in many fields; many of them dealing with people in crisis- nursing, drug and alcohol counselling; corrections (first as a correctional staff member and much later as a teacher); and youth counselling; all of these added to my awareness that women especially had needs that were not being met by current government alone and my activist role in politics lent a further dimension to my awareness. As a retired woman who had experienced and dealt with spousal abuse in her personal life as well, I began working with transition situations when forming, what was at the time, the only English-speaking safe house system in the Northern Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in 1987 and this led me to feel that Ann Davis Transition Society was a good fit to give back to a community I had grown to love. I sat on the board of directors as vice-president, president and now past president, and saw first-hand the difference ADTS makes in our area and am proud to be a part of that.
Patti MacAhonic, MBA – Executive Director, Ex Officio
Patti MacAhonic is recognized as a Chilliwack community leader and strong advocate who has effectively added value in numerous ways in various roles including her last three years as Executive Director of Ann Davis Transition Society, and previous roles as Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and the BC Wildlife Federation.
Patti is most proud of the Ann Davis team of professionals that she leads and the caring and compassionate service they provide to the most vulnerable in our community. She was most recently recognized by the University of the Fraser Valley by being awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” 2014 which recognizes one alumnus per year who has achieved outstanding distinction in career, educational achievement, and community service. In addition, MacAhonic was recognized as “Top 40 Alumni” whose ideas, passion, leadership and achievements have helped shape UFV and the community at large. Recognized by the Minerva Foundation as a Community Leader (2007), Patti was nominated for the YWCA 2010 Women of Distinction Award. Her educational background includes an honours BA in Adult Education and an MBA in Executive Management. as well as Executive Programs from Ivey Business School and Sauder School of Business. She is a director on the BC Society of Transition Houses Board.