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 steps, 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 S.M.A.R.T. 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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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.

 

OUR BOARD

Hon. Kerry-Lynne Findlay, PC, QC

President

 
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Rev. Karin Fulcher

Secretary

 
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David Longpre

Treasurer

 
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Dan McGrath

Director

 
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Const. Mike Grandia

Director

 
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Laura Jacob

Director

 
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David MacKeigan

Director

 
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Sheila Williams

Director

Hon. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.