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.
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.
Vanessa began her work with Ann Davis Transition Society in January 2020. Vanessa is currently completing her Masters of Counselling degree, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Counselling and Human Development. Vanessa possesses a diverse background of work experience in the social service field, where she has supported adolescents, assisted people experiencing homeless, provided psycho-educational parenting support, recreation and psycho-educational programming for school-aged children, and Victim Services to those impacted by victimization or personal trauma. Vanessa utilizes humanistic therapy approaches, including: person-centered, solution-focused, expressive and creative, somatic therapies, and trauma-oriented principles and practices when providing counselling to individuals and groups. Vanessa believes that an individual is the expert of their own life and has the natural capacities towards healing and growth. Vanessa aspires to develop respectful, trusting, connected, compassionate, creative, and safe professional relationships through her counselling practices.
Rachel, M.A.C.P., R.C.C.
Rachel became a part of the Ann Davis team in Spring of 2019 as a Stopping the Violence Women’s counsellor. Rachel has a Master’s of Counselling Psychology form Yorkville University, where she specialized in trauma and compassion-focused therapies. She facilitates the adult portion of the Children In Between program, as well as the Women’s Connections group, and also facilitates Y Mind Groups for Anxiety with the Chilliwack Youth Health Centre. Rachel is passionate about supporting community members as they explore the role of trauma and abuse in their lives and grow towards empowerment, peace, and connection.
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.
Victoria, M.C. Psych.
Victoria has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in both psychology and philosophy, and an Associate of Science degree. She takes a strength-based, person-centered approach and is well versed in various evidence based therapeutic methods. Victoria works to collaborate with her clients in order to find the approach which best suits their needs.
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.
Human Resources Administrator
Tyler joined Ann Davis in the Fall of 2019 working as the Society’s first dedicated Human Resources Administrator. After acquiring his Bachelors of Business Administration with an HR major from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2014, Tyler worked for 4 years honing his craft in the construction industry before coming to Ann Davis. Tyler believes that the most important aspect to any organization are the people that work within it. Finding and developing the right people can create an environment where everyone not only enjoy their jobs, but look forward to contributing every day. A Chilliwack local, Tyler has a passion for his community and takes great pride in the work that the Ann Davis Transition Society does. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys playing music and working on classic vehicles.
Officer Administrator / Volunteer Coordinator
Cora joined the ADTS team in January 2020. Her experience in administration, technology and volunteer management is well utilized in her role of Office Administrator / Volunteer Coordinator. Her career has ranged from being an entrepreneur to working in both the private and public sector, giving her a well-rounded skill set to draw on in supporting the Executive Director, staff, volunteers and clients of Ann Davis. When not at work, she heads up the Fraser Valley Blues Society, creating live music events in Abbotsford.
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.