OUR STAFF

 
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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.

 

NOELEEN EKSTROM

Administrative Assistant

Noeleen started her journey at Little House as a volunteer in January 2019, and moved to Administrative Assistant in June 2019. Noeleen is a resident of Tsawwassen since 1997 and has been an active member providing service in our local community. Her compassion and commitment is to continue serving families and individuals towards recovery and long-term healing. She believes that there is no shame in addiction. There is only shame if we cannot speak about addiction or acknowledge that the struggles are real. With understanding, education, support and rising awareness, there is HOPE - Hold On, Pain Ends.

 

OUR BOARD

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David Longpre

President

 
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Laura Jacob

Secretary

 
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Teresa Phillips

Treasurer

 
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Const. Mike Grandia

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.

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.

David MacKeigan works as Manager of Real Estate and Development at Suncor Energy Products Partnerships and is responsible for the network growth and all aspects of Real Estate Management in British Columbia. 

David has an educational degree of Bachelor of Commerce and a wide array of experience in Restaurant Ownership and Management, Retail and Quick Serve Restaurant Operations, Real Estate Development and Management. This experience includes eighteen years with Tim Hortons and Restaurant Brands International in the roles of District Manager – Operations, Senior Manager – Real Estate Development and Senior Manager – Asset Management.