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The team at Cedars at Cobble Hill is a diverse group of knowledgeable, highly-trained and compassionate individuals from varying professional and educational backgrounds. Many members of  Cedars staff have had first hand-experience with addiction and are not afraid to share their  personal experiences with honesty, empathy and humility.

At Cedars, our approach is invitational, instead of confrontational. We foster connections and establish trust with our patients by being transparent and involving them in their own individualized treatment process. By courageously sharing our stories, we can create the authentic connection that is essential to healing from addictions.

We believe that it truly “takes a village” to create an environment for individuals to grow and thrive. Regardless of their particular area of expertise, each team member is united in their goal of helping each individual find success in long-term recovery.  Each staff member has their own unique skillset and our team is proud of our collaborative approach to treating addictions. Our entire complement of multi-disciplinary staff form an integral part of what makes Cedars one of the premier recovery centres across the country.

Below, we invite you to learn more about our incredible team members at Cedars.

Neal Berger – President & CEO

Neal Berger – President & CEO

Neal Berger is the President of Chemical Dependency Services, Inc. In this role, Neal is a lecturer, author, and has produced…

Carson McPherson, MBA, MSc., D.SocSci (c) – VP Administration & Research

Carson McPherson, MBA, MSc., D.SocSci (c) – VP Administration & Research

In this role, Carson is responsible for administration, research capacity building, strategic development, fiscal management, governance, and operations.   Carson oversees the…

Dr. Edward P. (Ted) Kardera, MD – Medical Director

Dr. Edward P. (Ted) Kardera, MD – Medical Director

Dr. Kardera has been a Physician at Cedars since 2005, and the Director of Medical Services since 2008. He  has…

Dr. Chris Bosman

Dr. Chris Bosman

Bio coming soon...

Ethan McCandless – Director Of Admissions

Ethan McCandless – Director of Admissions

As the Admissions Director, Ethan assists people in the first step of their recovery journey by supporting them in their decision…

Steve Low, CCAC – Counselling Supervisor

Steve Low, CCAC – Counselling Supervisor

In 1988, Steve began training in chemical dependency and has been working in the field ever since.  Steve is particularly skilled…

Lisa Shields – Director Of Operations

Lisa Shields – Director of Operations

Lisa is the Operations Manager at Cedars. Her education and experience is an asset to the team in ensuring the…

Bill Caldwell, CCAC – Director Of Community Care

Bill Caldwell, CCAC – Director of Community Care

Bill comes to the Cedars with over a decade of experience working in addictions treatment, primarily in extended care and…

Nora Bryant, RN, Retired – Business Development

Nora Bryant, RN, Retired – Business Development

In Nora's current role as Business Development Manager with Cedars at Cobble Hill. she has the pleasure of networking with…

Tesa Cournoyer – Office Manager

Tesa Cournoyer – Office Manager

Tesa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina, and has continued working with people seeking healing…

Aidan Hughes-Toal – Admissions Coordinator

Aidan Hughes-Toal – Admissions Coordinator

Aidan is a new addition to the support staff team, joining Cedars in April 2016 and now working in the…

Sanja Duggan – Finance Manager

Sanja Duggan – Finance Manager

When did you start working at Cedars? Summer of 2014 What is your position? Bookkeeper & staff comedian! Do you…

Jacqui Rouse – Accounting

Jacqui Rouse – Accounting

Bio coming soon...

Dennis Rumney – Kitchen Operations

Dennis Rumney – Kitchen Operations

Dennis is the Kitchen Operations Manager at Cedars. Born and raised in James Bay (Victoria) B.C. He attended the Culinary…

Annelies Briggs – Maintenance Manager

Annelies Briggs – Maintenance Manager

Annelies has been caring for Cedars since it opened, over  10 years ago.   Her role has evolved from housekeeping to…

Kara Robinson – Counsellor

Kara Robinson – Counsellor

Kara has worked for years in the field of chemical dependency and also comes to us    with a wealth of…

Joe Petriccione, M.Ed, LPC – Counsellor

Joe Petriccione, M.Ed, LPC – Counsellor

Joe is a Licensed Professional Counsellor with over 36 years experience working in psychiatric, dual diagnosis and chemical dependency programs.…

Jackie Armour, MA, ICADC, CCAC, CSAT, CARC, MSLC – Counsellor

Jackie Armour, MA, ICADC, CCAC, CSAT, CARC, MSLC – Counsellor

Jacqueline is a certified addictions counsellor specializing in sexual compulsion and relationship/love addiction. After her graduate studies at Royal Roads…

Ewan Kirkaldy, BSW RSW – Counsellor

Ewan Kirkaldy, BSW RSW – Counsellor

Ewan holds a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Victoria. He is also a registered social worker…

Terry Ketteringham, MA, CCAC – Counsellor

Terry Ketteringham, MA, CCAC – Counsellor

Terry has worked as an addiction counsellor since 2009 in a number of different settings as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor…

Rosa Toste – Counsellor

Rosa Toste – Counsellor

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Geri Laurence – Counsellor & Somatic Therapist

Geri Laurence – Counsellor & Somatic Therapist

Geri also has worked in the addictions field bringing 12 -step and  mindfulness programs into her practice for twenty years. …

Donna Low

Donna Low

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Clayton Campbell, BSW, RSW, CCAC – Counsellor

Clayton Campbell, BSW, RSW, CCAC – Counsellor

Clayton Campbell received his Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Thompson Rivers University. He is currently a Canadian Certified…

Jake Sombrutzki – Continuing Care Counsellor

Jake Sombrutzki – Continuing Care Counsellor

Jake is graduate of the University of Lethbridge who completed his bachelors of health science specializing in addiction counselling. He…

Lisa Nixon, CPC CPRC – Alumni Engagement Manager

Lisa Nixon, CPC CPRC – Alumni Engagement Manager

Lisa is a certified Life and Recovery Coach with over a decade of experience working in mental health and addiction…

Jodi Strom, MA – Art Therapist

Jodi Strom, MA – Art Therapist

Jodi Strom is a Certified Art Therapist with expertise in addiction treatment and trauma. In the past 11 years, she…

Richard Osler

Richard Osler

During his final business chapter as a registered specialty money manager Richard rediscovered the healing power of words, first in…

Rev. Pierre Leroux, CACII – Spiritual Support

Rev. Pierre Leroux, CACII – Spiritual Support

I am an ordained minister with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and I hold a certification as an Addiction…

Eric Collins, MSc, PhD. (c) – Research

Eric Collins, MSc, PhD. (c) – Research

Eric Collins is a PhD candidate at Western University in the Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. Eric’s research interests…

Kelsey Stoehr – Nurse

Kelsey Stoehr – Nurse

Kelsey is a Licensed Practical Nurse who has been with Cedars since the summer of 2015. Hailing from Morinville, Alberta,…

Sarah Michaluk, RN BN Msc.

Sarah Michaluk, RN BN Msc.

Bio coming soon...

Shaun Provost – Driver & Admin Support

Shaun Provost – Driver & Admin Support

Shaun's primary role at Cedars is is meeting and transporting new patients to treatment. He is grateful for the opportunity…

Amanda Graham – Discovery Program Administration

Amanda Graham – Discovery Program Administration

Amanda joined the Cedars team in the first year of operation  as support staff. In February 2007 she joined the…

Zeke Kruse – Chef

Zeke Kruse – Chef

Zeke is a Sous Chef with Aramark Canada and has been with Cedars since 2009. He enjoys that each day…

Lilian Bianchi -Yoga Teacher

Lilian Bianchi -Yoga Teacher

Lilian Bianchi has been teaching Yoga since 1982. She first became involved with Yoga in her early teens. She has received…

Tim Kearney – Personal Trainer & Group Fitness

Tim Kearney – Personal Trainer & Group Fitness

Tim is a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with  over 20 years of involvement in the fitness industry, with …

Don MacLeod – Support Staff

Don MacLeod – Support Staff

As a member of the primary support staff, Don began working at Cedars in the fall of 2006. Within a…

Cheyenne Williams – Support Staff

Cheyenne Williams – Support Staff

Cheyenne has hereditary roots in the Quw’ut sun territory (the Cowichan Valley) and is a proud local. She is passionate…

Debbie Gould – Support Staff

Debbie Gould – Support Staff

Debbie has been a dedicated member of the support staff at Cedars for over 5 years and is also in…

Penny Murphy – Support Staff

Penny Murphy – Support Staff

Penny is a member of the support staff at Cedars. Despite a stint on the mainland of BC for several…

Harry Martin – Support Staff

Harry Martin – Support Staff

Harry has enjoyed working as a member of the support staff at Cedars since 2011. Originally from the Cowichan Valley,…

Gavin Pringle – Support Staff

Gavin Pringle – Support Staff

One of the more recent additions to the Cedars team, Gavin has been with Cedars at Cobble Hill since January…

Hilary McIntyre – Support Staff

Hilary McIntyre – Support Staff

Hillary currently lives in Victoria, having arrived there some years ago after living in a number of places all over…

Edmond Cantin – Support Staff

Edmond Cantin – Support Staff

Hailing from Port Alberni, BC, Edmond was given sobriety in 2009 by surrendering to the 3 legacies of a 12…

Emma Larose – Support Staff

Emma Larose – Support Staff

Emma is originally from the Vancouver area and relocated to Vancouver Island almost 4 years ago. She’s always had a…

John Blaszczyk – Support Staff

John Blaszczyk – Support Staff

John joined the Cedars team in 2010. Originally from Victoria BC, he now lives in Cobble Hill with co-woker and…

Joanna Blaszczyk – Support Staff

Joanna Blaszczyk – Support Staff

Joanna has been a member of the Cedars team since 2010. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of…

Michael Kennelly – Support Staff

Michael Kennelly – Support Staff

Mike began working with Cedars over 3 years ago, after having working in various locations in North America including Arizona,…

Devyn Erickson – Support Staff
Catie Bainbridge – Support Staff
Perry Johnson

Perry Johnson

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Maia McPherson – Support Staff

Maia McPherson – Support Staff

After a nomadic childhood in a military family, Maia McPherson settled in the Cowichan Valley to raise a son and…

Reg Wall – Maintenance

Reg Wall – Maintenance

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Sheila Humber – Housekeeping Lead

Sheila Humber – Housekeeping Lead

Sheila has been with Cedars as a lead housekeeper since February 2013. Sheila brings to Cedars an energy of appreciation…

Michelle Humber – Housekeeping

Michelle Humber – Housekeeping

Michelle was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. Michelle has been with Cedars as a Housekeeper since June 2015.…

Shannon Hansen – Housekeeping
Jessica James – Housekeeping

Jessica James – Housekeeping

Jessica was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. She joined the Cedars Housekeeping team in February 2016. Jessica enjoys…

Luna

Luna

My name is Luna. I was born in Kamloops, BC on December 16th, 2011. I am half German Shepherd and…

Hooty – Resident Owl

Hooty – Resident Owl

I was rescued by the staff at Cedars after I fell out of my  nest in the summer of 2009.…

Josie

Josie

Hello my name is Josie! I am a 3 year old rescue dog from Burns Lake in Northern BC. I am…

Kona

Kona

I was born in November of 2007.  I am a purebred female black lab with some serious energy.  The grounds…

Sophie

Sophie

Hi everyone, I am Sophie.  I am a purebred female Berneise Mountain Dog.   I was born in August of 2009.  I  just like…

Sophie Jr.

Sophie Jr.

I was born on a lovely farm in Vernon, BC, to a mom that is a purebred Swiss Mountain dog,…