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Patti MacAhonic, MBA 

Patti MacAhonic is recognized provincially and locally as a community leader and strong advocate who has effectively added value in numerous ways in different sectors in leadership roles. Since November 2013 she has been honoured to be Executive Director of Ann Davis Transition Society (ADTS). She has held previous roles as Executive Director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, BC Wildlife Federation and BC Brain Injury Association and others.

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 is happy to work with a governance board that is fully aligned with ADTS values and mission. Since starting with ADTS she has doubled service, doubled staff, opened new temporary and permanent low barrier housing for women and initiated the Fraser Valley Women March movement. She was recognized by the University of the Fraser Valley, 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 longtime advisor for the Canadian Injured Workers Alliance and Advisor for Blanket BC.

Shelley

Transition House Manager

Shelley started out as a front line worker at the transition house and became the manager 10 years ago. She has been employed with the society for 21 years. Last year she was nominated for employee of the year for her continued work and support. Shelley enjoys volunteering her time to fundraise for the society. To keep a good balance in life she enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with her husband and grandchildren.

Helen

Family Visit Coordinator 

Prior to working with Ann Davis Transition Society, Helen spent her career as a nurse for 30+ years in clinics and various long term care facilities.  Helen is no stranger to working with families in the community to ensure a positive outcome and one that’s mutually beneficial for all involved.  Helen enjoys spending time with her daughter, attending cultural events and participating  in dog racing with her whippets.

Melodie

Outreach Worker

Melodie works with individuals seeking support, crisis intervention, accessing services, and is a community referral agent for those who need it most. Before working as Ann Davis Transition Society’s Outreach Worker Melodie spent her time managing Ann’s Treasures & Thrift, working closely with the community’s homeless population. Melodie holds a degree as a Community Support Worker, and Community Support Youth Worker and Child and Youth Community Worker she offers guidance, education, and prevention services to women and men fleeing violent or dangerous living situations. She works closely with the community’s homeless population providing support and assistance where needed.

Outside of the office Melodie spends her time with her two children, and grand-daughter. She enjoys art, the outdoors, and giving back to her community.

Elizabeth, M.A., R.C.C

Women’s Counsellor

Elizabeth is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and psychotherapist specializing in areas of acute and developmental trauma, addictions, and issues related to sexuality. Elizabeth graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. Prior to that, she studied both Psychology and International Social Welfare at Simon Fraser University. From an academic standpoint, she draws on a background in philosophy, literary studies, and global development, and has researched topics which include relational research praxis, feminist critical theory, identity, gender, voice and embodied personhood, spirituality, trauma and dissociation, ontological underpinnings of healing and wholeness, cross-cultural applications of psychotherapeutic practice, and community health.

At a clinical level, she has trained in a variety of research-informed therapeutic modalities including Lifespan Integration Therapy, Observed and Experiential Integration Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Existential Analysis, a phenomenological, person-centred approach to psychotherapy developed by Alfried Längle. She has received supervision in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Elizabeth gravitates to modalities that are somatically-oriented and attachment-focused – approaches that position the therapist to engage the whole-person of the client as a means of fostering compassion, mindfulness, and embodiment as a part of connection.

Terresa, MSW, RSW

Women’s Counsellor

Terresa began working at Ann Davis as a child and youth counsellor in 2011. In 2014 she continued her educational journey and resigned from her position at Ann Davis to focus on school. In June 2016 she graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work, and returned to Ann Davis to work as a stopping the violence counsellor.

She is committed to creating a safe environment for people she works with. She is passionate about empowering clients to recognize their value and worth. She has worked with individuals, families and youth, as well as developed and facilitated a variety of workshops in mental health, conflict mediation, abuse, suicide prevention, advocacy, grief and loss, divorce, empowerment, human rights, social justice, leadership and employment.

With an appreciation of personal connection, and through the use of both traditional and modern techniques, she help to normalize situations, overcome vulnerabilities, increase communication skills and discover ways to lead a happy, fulfilled life.

Julie, B.F.A., M.A.C.P., R.C.C.

Women’s Therapist

Julie holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She works from a trauma-informed, systemic family perspective with youth and adults. Julie works with many issues from domestic abuse, mental health, grief and loss, personality disorders and recovery from abuse and trauma.

She leads the Understanding Abuse Group which focuses on processing and recovery from domestic abuse in a group setting. Julie believes in the potential of every person to use their innate resilience and to grow through their challenges towards post-traumatic growth.

Tammy, B.A.

Youth Counsellor

Tammy joined Ann Davis in 2015 and brings with her 7 years of work with at-risk youth and a passion for helping them realize their potential. While her current area of study is complex trauma, Tammy graduated in 2008 from Thompson Rivers University and has a keen interest in psychology and a desire to always be learning about youth and family issues in order to best serve her clients. She provides individual counselling for youth and co-facilitates Caught in the Middle and Children Who Witness Abuse workshops, as well as the Summer Training & Recreation Program. Tammy believes each person is the expert in their own story and looks forward to sharing in the wisdom of each of them.

CLARA, MSW

Children’s Art & Play Therapist

Clara is the children’s art and play therapist. Clara graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Before deciding to return to school for a MSW Clara worked for two years at an elementary school supporting children with special needs. While completing her MSW degree Clara spent a year as a middle school social worker and six months working with children and their families at a domestic violence organization in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Clara employs art and play therapy in her work with children. Additionally, she employs a client centered and strengths based perspective that is trauma informed and grounded by attachment theory.

In addition to children’s counselling, Clara co-facilitates the Children In Between, PEACE, formerly known as Children Who Witness Abuse, and Connect Parent groups.

SAMANTHA

Leadership Liaison

Samantha’s background in Leadership comes from extensive experience through volunteer activities in events, marketing and administration with the BC Brain Injury Association, BC Wildlife Federation and Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. She furthered her leadership skills as a front line worker, Executive Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator with Ann Davis Transition Society, before moving to her position as Leadership Liaison. Samantha has education, training and certification in; Volunteer Management, Understanding Abuse in Relationships, and Crisis Intervention for Front Line Workers and most recently CARF coursework. Samantha believes in lifelong learning and hands on experience, and is leading ADTS through their first CARF Survey on the road to international accreditation. Samantha is a Mother and Wife, and believes in empowering women to be their best selves.

SHANNON WILCOX, M.A., R.C.C., C.C.C.

Women’s Therapist

Shannon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (B.C.A.C.C.) and Certified Clinical Counsellor (C.C.C.) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (C.C.P.A.). She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and has over seven years of experience working in the helping field in the roles of support worker and counsellor. Shannon assists clients with trauma, life stressors and transitions, grief and loss, personal growth, self-esteem, and relationship issues. She uses interpersonal, trauma-informed, and person-centered approaches and cognitive-behavioral, somatic, and mindfulness techniques when working with clients. She believes that healthy relationships are catalysts for change and healing, and the counsellor-client relationship is an opportunity to create the conditions for a client’s optimal personal growth. Shannon aims to establish and maintain safety, trust, and a collaborative relationship with you so that you develop greater insight, unveil and express your authentic self, gain clarity about your needs and aspirations, embrace new helpful perspectives and beliefs, and increase your coping skills and sense self-efficacy in the face of life challenges.

Kris, B.A. Psych

Male Youth Counsellor

Kris joined Ann Davis in 2018 as the Male Youth Counsellor where he draws on his experiences working with at-risk youth and coaching minor league sports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology while minoring in Counselling – his studies focused on adolescent development, psychopathology and social psychology. Kris is dedicated to serving his community as a positive male role model and supportive adult for young people experiencing challenges in their lives. He continues to expand his knowledge base with seminars, training and many other developmental opportunities related not only to his work but to the guiding principles of the Ann Davis Transition Society.