Patti MacAhonic, MBA
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.
Director Of Housing
Shelley joined Ann Davis Transition Society as a front line worker at the transition house and then accepted the manager’s role. She has been continuously employed with the society since 1994 and recently celebrated her 25th year with the society. January 1, 2019 she was awarded the role of Director of Housing and over sees operations of two safe houses. Shelley has been nominated for “employee of the year” for two consecutive years for her commitment to make a difference and exemplary work and support for the most vulnerable. 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.
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 Children in Between workshops, as well as the Summer Training and Recreation PEACE Program. Tammy believes each person is the expert in their own story and looks forward to sharing in the wisdom of each of them.
Philip, M.Div., RP (Q)
Emergency Mental Health Counsellor
After working for more than 10 years in the humanitarian aid and social work fields, Philip acquired his Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling in 2020. He has a passion for supporting people in calamities to navigate life-transitions and troubles with them.
He worked before in crisis intervention and emergency response in high-risk environments in different countries. In counselling, he integrates solution-focused and experiential modalities to provide in-depth care for his clients.
His people-oriented and compassionate attitude offer an ample and respectful ambience for his clients. He is a warm and compassionate person and is able to join with people in their most difficult moments. Philip can help clients overwhelmed by various psychological issues including panic, abuse, trauma, low self-worth, self-harm, and emotional dysregulation.
Ben Garrett, BA, MSc
Ben Garrett is a counselor registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Ben graduated in 2014 with an MSc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC) in London, UK. Recently, he has returned to NSPC to complete his doctorate and is currently an intern at Ann Davis Transition Society.
He spent 5 years counseling children and youth in Nunavut and has been working for Child and Youth Mental Health since 2015. He has also been a facilitator and co-facilitator for a number of relationship violence, parenting skills and anger management programs.
Raelee has committed to helping people impacted by mental health, violence, and other forms of oppression. Raelee’s decision to enter the social work counselling profession came from a desire to help people cope and relieve suffering, advocate for social justice, and improve lives and communities. Raelee holds a Bachelor of Social Work, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree, and Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology. In her approach, she offers a judgement-free space where clients can share their stories, and feel safe and supported in their journey. She will listen with compassion, and work with clients to feel strength and empowerment to make positive changes in their lives.
Legal Advocate/Commissioner of Oaths
After 20 plus years of honing her legal skills in criminal defence, personal injury and family law, Catherine has proudly joined the Ann Davis Transition Society. She is dedicated to helping and engaging those in our community to have a better understanding of our judicial system and our roles in it. Catherine is passionate about helping clients become more empowered when dealing with our courts, both provincial and supreme. She has a wealth of experience in all facets of law, tribunals and mediation, combined with a strong desire to make a difference.
Women’s Centre Coordinator
Jenny joined the Ann Davis Transition Society team in early 2018 as a Crisis Intervention Worker at the Women’s Centre. In June 2018, she accepted the position of Women’s Centre Coordinator. With her background as an Entrepreneur and Home Support Worker, along with her kind approach, she is a valuable asset to the housing team. Jenny is grateful to support the journey of our clients and finds her work very rewarding. Jenny feels fortunate to be part of the Ann Davis Transition Society team.
Transition House Coordinator
Donna joined Ann Davis Transition Society as a front line worker at the transition house in 2015 and then accepted the Coordinator’s position on February 1, 2019. Donna worked in Edmonton with Housing First on the Intensive Case Management Team working with Women, Women and children, and transgendered people from 2009-2014. Donna also managed the Eating Disorder Treatment Center from 1999-2008. The twenty years of experience Donna brings with her is a valuable asset to our transition house team.
Cultural/Elder Advisor (Volunteer)
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.
Robbi joined the Ann Davis Transition Society in March 2020. She has had experience working and volunteering with vulnerable seniors, women, and men from different environments for over 10 years. She believes in helping others and values all people and their diversities. Her non- judgmental, client-centred approach meets people where they are at.
Her warmth and genuine intrigue allow the individuals she works with to feel accepted and heard. She has just completed her diploma in Social Work and will continue to pursue her degree alongside working.
Working with vulnerable populations and University has provided her with an array of theories and approaches that assist in supporting and engaging with those she works with and for. Robbi is excited and looking forward to being a part of the team at Ann Davis.
Corrin Skalbeck, MA Counselling Psychology Student
Corrin is a warm, culturally competent, values-driven helping professional, with experience in crisis intervention, crisis counselling, emergency residential services and supports, care coordination, advocacy, and administrative +creative media communications.
Corrin is working towards her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Corrin is committed to enhancing the lives of those impacted by trauma/abuse by creating therapeutic conditions that offer safety, refuge, hope and encouragement, through solution-focused, trauma-informed care and support.
Born and raised in Chilliwack, Corrin spends all her free time outside, as “nature is the best medicine.”
B.S.W and Community Development
Amber joined the Ann Davis Transition Society in August 2021. With a strong background in Trauma-Informed Care and Social Work Amber approaches wellness from an emotional, mental, social and spiritual perspective.
By starting with the foundation of communication and empathy, she focuses firstly on building core relationships with the persons we serve. Only from here, she believes we can start to individualize goal planning. Amber believes by providing emotional support to help alleviate anxiety and fear is just as important as dealing with the issues themselves.
Amber is a strong advocate in empowering the community in social issues like substance misuse, mental health, isolation, poverty, food insecurity, precarious housing and blood-borne illnesses. She believes well-educated communities that are equipped with knowledge surrounding stigmatized social and medical issues will lessen the marginalization of infected individuals.
Reduction of stigma leads to an increased willingness among those affected to seek treatment. She feels as a community we are responsible to be informed and to lessen our own judgments.
Amber is honoured to be a part of the Ann Davis Transition Society
Leena Mehta, BA. MSc, LLM
Leena joined Ann Davis Transition Society, in 2021, as a Stopping the Violence counsellor and then accepted the counselling supervisor role. She spent three years working as an independent domestic violence advocate supporting women affected by domestic violence in England. She spent one year working a women’s counsellor in Australia and over one year working as a counsellor in New Zealand. She worked as a school counsellor, in Lytton, for two years prior to joining Ann Davis Transition Society.
Leena supervises both counsellors and interns in the team. She is responsible for inducting and orientating new staff and interns who join the counselling team. Leena also facilitates groups; Connections and Understanding Abuse.
Leena graduated with a Masters in Social Work from London Metropolitan University in 2010 and with a Masters in Law from Birkbeck University London in 2013. Leena is passionate about ending violence against women and enthusiastic about supporting women from all cultural backgrounds. Leena provides a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space for all her clients and works from a strengths-based approach.