OUR STAFF

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JONI WRIGHT, BSHS/M

Executive Director

Joni is a seasoned professional with over 10 years working in the south Delta community. As manager of corporate affairs at Canadian Autoparts Toyota (CAPTIN), Joni raised the company profile in the local community by actively engaging with non-profit organizations and participating in community events. CAPTIN was and continues to be a sponsor of the Quilt Walk & Classic Car Show in Ladner.

After completing her degree in Human Services Management, Joni went on to fundraising management at Reach Child & Youth Development Society as an integral part of the foundation team raising over $5 million to build the new Reach building, the Lois E. Jackson Kinsmen Centre.  Joni coordinated and managed four fundraising galas including the inaugural fundraising event.

Joni has over the years volunteered at Earthwise Society and is currently on the Tsawwassen Sun Festival planning committee. Joni is passionate about helping people reach their potential.

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Debbi McKenzie, RTC

COO and Director of Counselling

Using a compassionate approach, Debbi has worked as a Counsellor in the addictions field for over 10 years, integrating her diverse experience in private practice, 12-step, family programs, workshop facilitation, and her own personal journey. In addition to her work as a therapist she sponsors and mentors people living with addiction, and their families.

She has had extensive training in Gestalt therapy is presently enrolled in Compassionate Enquiry training with Dr. Gabor Mate, a renowned speaker, author, and addictions expert.

Debbi has provided workshops at recovery centers in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia, including Avalon Women's Centre, and is a regular speaker at The Edgewood Health Network on Vancouver Island. Debbi is also a certified SMART Recovery facilitator.

Debbi's life purpose is to help people struggling with substance abuse and their families face and uncover their issues and begin to heal.

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Andrea Crema

Social Media Coordinator

Andrea is a young working professional who has grown up and still lives in Ladner. She is currently working towards an Associate Certificate in Communications at BCIT and loves being involved with the community. In addition to going to school and working with Little House Society, Andrea also works in Ladner Village and is apart of the Ladner Village Market and Discover Ladner social media teams. 

Andrea grew up playing fastpitch at Brandrith Park and always knew about Little House, but it was not until she was much older that she began to understand the importance, and amazing resources Little House Society provides our community.  

In her free time, Andrea loves playing sports, working out, cooking and travelling. Most recently she has taken up golfing and is always dreaming about her future travel plans. 

 

OUR BOARD

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David Longpre

President

 
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Laura Jacob

Vice President

 
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Teresa Phillips

Treasurer

 
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Rev. Karin Fulcher

Secretary

 
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Kerry-Lynne Findlay, PC, QC

Director

 
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Dan McGrath

Director

 
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Const. Mike Grandia

Director

 
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Sheila Williams

Director

 
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David MacKeigan

Director

I have been a Member of the Board of Director’s at Little House since June 2016. I have also held the executive position of Treasurer since that time also. I am a South Delta resident since 1999 and with my wife, we have raised our family there. My professional skills include property development, financial and feasibility analyses and fostering collaboration between different parties in the development of new projects. In my role as Treasurer at LHS, I have been able to bring greater awareness of the monthly and annual financial status of LHS to the Board to assist them in making sound decisions on policy and new programs. And for myself, like so many of us, I have been touched by the effects of drug and alcohol abuse and I have a personal desire to assist, in some small way, my community in coping with this reality. I am very pleased with the progress the Board as a whole has made in directing LHS to achieve greater relevance and importance to it’s purpose in the South Delta community and I look forward to continuing some role there into the future.

 

Laura Jacob is a long-time South Delta resident and has been a civilian member of the Delta Police Department for 26 years.   In that capacity, Laura has been the recipient of several awards and commendations for exemplary service.  Her most cherished award of all is her Delta Police Foundation award which she received for her enthusiasm and commitment volunteering in community organizations.  Laura and her husband have enjoyed raising a family in this close-knit community and have always set family goals for giving back.

Laura was voted onto the Little House Society Board of Directors in 2017 and looks forward to assisting LHS reach its goal of becoming a Hub for Substance Use Disorder recovery resources.  Laura believes recovery from addiction is a community health issue and hopes to raise awareness in the South Delta community of the immense contribution that Little House and its committed staff makes, one day at a time.

 

Teresa has lived in Delta for 55 years and her entire family lives in this beautiful community.  She moved to Tsawwassen in 1963; attended Cliff Drive Elementary (formerly Tsawwassen Elementary), Tsawwassen Junior Secondary and graduated from Delta Secondary in 1973

Teresa started her professional career in Victoria and Sooke School Districts teaching Home Economics.  After further course work she moved into teaching Business Education and Career Education at Seaquam Secondary in the Delta School District.  Once her children were grown, Teresa returned to university and completed her Master of Educational Leadership.  Soon after that she became a District Vice-Principal and then the Principal of Academy Programs. Teresa retired from Delta School District with over 25 years of service in Delta.

Teresa raised her two daughters in Ladner and they both graduated from Delta Secondary.  Her oldest daughter is now a teacher at Delta Secondary and her husband is a Delta firefighter.  They have two young daughters. Teresa’s other daughter is married and lives in Whistler with her husband and 1-year old son.

Teresa has 4 siblings (one is deceased); they all live and work in South Delta.  Her parents are in their 80’s and live in Ladner, and her grandmother, who will be 102 in September, lives at Rosemary Heights Residential Care Facility in Surrey.

 

Karin Fulcher has lived in Tsawwassen since 1970 when she and husband moved to the community to raise their three children. She went back to school when the children were older and received a BA in Religion and Literature from UBC. She continued her studies and was ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada serving at St. David’s for many years.

She has done volunteer work with Block Parents, Brownies, PAC’s and Dry Grad Committees, Deltassist Lay Counseling program, Delta Hospital, Delta Hospice Society, the South Delta Ministerial Association, and the Association of Canadi>n Airline Pilots & Survivors.

Her husband died in 2006 following a long battle with cancer. Karin is now retired but continues to volunteer with several community organizations.

 

Kerry-Lynne Findlay is a Queen's Counsel civil trial lawyer, mediator, public speaker, and resident of Delta who is passionate about her community. In addition to her recent appointment by the BC Government to the Delta Police Board, Ms. Findlay's past public service includes Federal Cabinet, Delta-Richmond East Member of Parliament, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Administrative Law Judge, National and BC Women Lawyers Forums Founding Chair, and Canadian Bar Association BC Branch President. She has been recognized by the CBA, YWCA, Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity, and Crofton House School for her advancement of women and access to justice. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to Canada, and the Golden Scissors Award in 2015 by CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) for her small business support and leadership across all levels of government in red tape reduction.

Ms. Findlay is presently Counsel and Mediator at Delta Law Office. Ms. Findlay is married to communications professional Brent Chapman, and has four children and 3 grandchildren.

 

Dan's first job was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; however, in 1975, he joined Revenue Canada, Taxation and for the next 35 years worked as a tax assessor, tax auditor, public relations officer, public relations manager, chief of public affairs and finally, communications manager. As an official spokesperson for the Department/Agency, Dan's duties included media relations, public outreach by way of public speaking, as well as appearing on television and radio shows answering questions and providing information and advice with respect to personal income tax matters. He was involved in issues and crisis management, as well as public environment research and analysis, with a particular interest in public compliance with the law.

As part of his work duties Dan gained experience in strategic planning and organizational governance and policy. In his final years, Dan was responsible for managing a team of webmasters engaged in updating and upgrading the regional and national intranet systems. After retiring in 2010, Dan became active in his Rotary Club in Tsawwassen, taking on the position of Treasurer for the next three years and recently retired as the Treasurer for the Club's charitable society. He's also involved in the CRA Community Volunteer Income Tax Program providing assistance to those who cannot afford or are unable to prepare their tax returns. Dan's tax and work experience has been put to good use in providing advice and assistance to the Delta Stroke Recovery, as well as the Little House Society, amongst others.

 

Constable Grandia has been a Delta police member for 12 years and is currently working within the Operational Support Branch, assigned to the Tsawwassen First Nation.  Respecting the TFN traditions and culture, the mandate is to seek solutions to community issues through enforcement and the development of localized, culturally based strategies thereby contributing to the building of a safe and healthy community. Constable Grandia works closely with the community, TFN Elders, and TFN staff who, within a team based environment, have contributed to successful programming related to substance misuse, education, justice based programming, youth programming and overall community wellness.

 

Sheila Williams is a Member of the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and has lived in South Delta for her life of 39 years. She serves as an elected Member of the TFN Legislative Assembly, where she debates and passes Tsawwassen Laws since the ratification of the Tsawwassen Treaty in 2009.

Sheila enjoys working for her Nation as a Program Development Coordinator in Education. In this role, she enthusiastically creates programs and services for her TFN community members to further their education, access employment and training, or connect to their language and culture.

Sheila is very passionate about the recovery community in South Delta as she is recovery from active addiction for more than 3.5 years.  She was voted onto the Little House Society Board in October 2017 and has been an active member ever since.