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.
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.
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.
Marketing And Events
Prior to working at Ann Davis Transition Society, Heidi held positions in branding, marketing and event planning at the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Association. She is passionate about making a difference and creating a safe environment for the most vulnerable. Heidi is always looking for innovative ways to unite the community and create a “community free of violence and abuse”.
Mike, M.A.M.F.T., R.C.C.
Mike works with individuals, couples and families to explore and overcome issues surrounding interpersonal relationships. Mike is trained to look for the underlying systems and patterns at work in relationships. Mike has received special training in Narrative Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Neufeld’s attachment based therapy.
Mike considers it a privilege to come beside people and hear their story. Mike seeks to guide people from their problem saturated story to a story of hope and new opportunities.
Amanda, M.Ed., CCC
Amanda is a Canadian Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Amanda’s practical experience coupled with her undergraduate and graduate training has enabled her to use evidenced based interventions (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Feminist and Family Systems Therapy) to empower clients to overcome their personal obstacles.
Amanda provides individual counselling to clients experiencing: anxiety, domestic violence, depression, emotional regulation concerns, grief/loss, sexual identity concerns, stress management, stress related illness, trauma, and women’s issues. Amanda also facilitates the Self-Management and Pattern Changing Groups.
Amanda believes that it takes a tremendous amount of personal strength to reach out for help. She is continuously inspired by the resiliency and courage it takes people to work towards change.
Elizabeth, M.A., R.C.C
Elizabeth is a Masters-level psychotherapist specializing in the areas of acute and developmental trauma. She completed her clinical residency at Brookswood Counselling Services where she gained both expansive and intensive experience working with children, adolescents, adult men and women, and couples regarding a wide array of presenting concerns. Now at Ann Davis, Elizabeth is honoured to participate in womens’ journeys towards becoming unstuck, pursuing personal growth, and experiencing healing from the painful challenges that they have encountered.
Elizabeth has trained in a variety of 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. Elizabeth has received supervision in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialetical Behavioural Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She is also both interested and adept in the use of expressive arts for therapeutic purposes. She believes that incorporating creative modalities can be a part of helping clients to tell their stories well, process through their pain, identify obstacles, and move towards a sense of empowerment and strength.
Elizabeth’s research has largely focused on the lived experience of individuals who have struggled to find healing and wholeness in the aftermath of trauma. The aim of her research has been to honour, value, and draw lessons regarding human strength and resilience from the narratives of those who have not only grappled with the devastating toll of their traumatic experience, but have also confronted the pervasive inhibitions that kept them from living an embodied, fulfilled, and whole life. Through ongoing research, Elizabeth seeks to augment her understanding of both the process of undergoing traumatic repair as well as the unique challenges faced by individuals who have experienced a broad range of traumas across their lifespan.
Terresa, MSW, RSW
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.
Windy, MSW, RSW, Psych. D Candidate
Windy holds a Degree in Nursing, worked for 4 years as nurse, then went back to school for a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth Mental Health. Today Windy is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology. He has acquired solid counselling skills through working in hospitals and Residential Care Facilities within various communities as a social worker. He also provided his support to the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture in counselling refugees and their families who are severely impacted by wars’ traumas. He has a proven record in counselling not only with youth and seniors with Addiction and Mental Health issues, but also with people experiencing grief and loss, anxiety, anger management issues, stress and depression. He has a solid background in group therapy. Windy is regularly invited to do presentations both in the community and within academic settings, including, University of the Fraser Valley, BC and Brock University, Ontario.
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.
Imraan, RSW, B.SC.
Family and Youth Counsellor
Imraan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria in 2016, and is a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia in 2009. He has over 3 years of experience counselling youth, men, couples, and families, along with 10 years of experience working as a personal tutor and mentor for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students. His counselling integrates multiple therapeutic frameworks, including Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Strength-based Solution-focused Therapy. Through his client-centric approach, Imraan seeks to understand the unique nature of every individual and empower them to make positive changes in their lives.
In addition to counselling adults and youth, Imraan also co-facilitates the Children in Between group, Children Who Witness Abuse group, and the Summer Training & Recreation Program
Laurie, BA JUST
Laurie has obtained a B.A. in Justice Studies, which included an applied research project based on qualitative research regarding family law issues conducted by the UNBC Women’s Center in Prince George B.C. She has also completed studies in family law and family mediation. She started her career working in a transition house as a support worker, and is passionate about supporting individuals through advocacy and providing information to assist them as they deal with legal issues that are impacting their life. She feels honored to be able to use her skills to empower others in this way.