Patti MacAhonic, MBA
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.
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.
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.
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 women’s’ 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.
Julie, B.F.A., M.A.C.P., R.C.C.
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.
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.
Male Youth Counsellor
Solon has over fifteen years’ experience working with youth, and is known throughout the community of Chilliwack through various programs that focus on teaching life skills. He returned to college, graduating with honors and has continued to pursue his skillset of youth work. Solon believes in empowering young men by helping them discover the perception of “self” and “accountability”. He prioritizes building strong relationships through positive, open communication and this helps him connect with those he works with. Solon is an atypical counsellor with a unique approach to building rapport, and there is no denying his dedication to help make a lasting impact on the “future cornerstones of our community”.
In addition to counselling youth, Solon also co-facilitates the Children in Between group, Children Who Witness Abuse group, and the Summer Training & Recreation Program.
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.
Volunteer Coord./Executive Assistant
Samantha’s background In Volunteer Work comes from extensive experience as a Volunteer herself. Samantha has volunteered at many different organizations in the community, and Ann Davis before becoming employed here. Samantha has extensive training and certification as a Volunteer Program Coordinator, Volunteer Management, and also certification in Understanding Abuse in Relationships and Crisis Intervention for Front Line Workers. Samantha believes in learning through experience, and offers ADTS Volunteers well rounded experiences to meet different needs. She believes in empowering women to be their best selves and serving your community through volunteer work.
BRYAN, B.A. Psychology, M.A. Counselling Psychology (In Progress)
Bryan attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. He has also received additional training in working with couples. Bryan works with clients using primarily a person-centered approach and uses aspects of the counselling relationship with clients to facilitate change and healing. In addition to working with individuals and couples, Bryan also facilitates the Men’s Insight group.