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.
Director Of Housing
Shelley started out as a front line worker at the transition house and then accepted the manager’s role. She has been employed with the society since 1994. Shelley has been nominated for “employee of the year” for two consecutive years 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.
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.
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.
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 in Austin. Before deciding to return to school for an 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’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, M.A., R.C.C., C.C.C.
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.
Women’s Centre Coordinator
Executive Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator