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.
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.
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.
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.
Steven Semke, BCom, CPA, CGA
Steven joined Ann Davis Transition Society in 2020 as Finance Administrator. Steven has 24 years of accounting and IT experience across multiple industries.
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.
Krissy has been a part of the team at Ann Davis since February 2020. She is overjoyed to be working with such a compassionate team who stand behind their vision and values-working in an environment that promotes equality and works to empower women has always been her passion. Krissy has over a decade of experience providing comprehensive case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services.
Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge regarding the impacts of abuse, mental health, homelessness, substance use and other social concerns she has the dedication, training, and experience to ensure that women have access to the resources and information needed to make informed choices for their future.
Krissy comes from a place of respect with each individual and practices through a client-centred, harm-reduction lens, she has a genuine ability to connect in an honest and direct way. For balance and self-care she enjoys time with her family, road trips, camping, painting, music in all its forms, and being a part of an all Nations Drum Circle. Krissy is inspired by the people she serves and is motivated by the strength and resiliency she witnesses daily.