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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.

Leadership
Carson McPherson, MBA, MSc., D.SocSci (c)

Carson McPherson, MBA, MSc., D.SocSci (c)

Managing Director
As Managing Director, Carson is responsible for all operations at Cedars ensuring patients receive high quality, patient-oriented care. Carson holds both a Masters of Business Admi...
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Lisa Shields, BA, MC

Lisa Shields, BA, MC

Director of Operations
Lisa joined Cedars after experiencing work in Youth Justice and Representative for Children and Youth, where she engaged in oversight of the child serving system. Lisa's education ...
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Ethan McCandless

Ethan McCandless

Director of Admissions
Ethan showcases his enthusiasm for recovery and provides genuine compassion for individuals and families suffering from addiction disorders. Ethan is grateful for the opportun...
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Elizabeth Louden, MA

Elizabeth Louden, MA

Clinical Director
With 17 years of experience in the addictions and recovery field, Elizabeth has had a lengthy clinical career working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to joining th...
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Marshall Smith, CCAC

Marshall Smith, CCAC

Director, Partnerships and Implementation
Marshall’s impressive professional experience includes senior executive positions in the field of addiction treatment and recovery advocacy, and most recently as Director of Corp...
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Bill Caldwell, BA, CCAC

Bill Caldwell, BA, CCAC

Director of Community Care
Bill has over a decade of work experience in addiction treatment, primarily in extended care, aftercare, and research consulting. His role at Cedars includes online continuing care...
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Medical
Dr. Chris Bosman, MD

Dr. Chris Bosman, MD

Physician
Dr. Bosman joined the Cedars facility with over 30 years of experience as a Family Physician, with the majority of his practice being within rural communities. In addition to his r...
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Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo MbChB, CCFP, DABAM

Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo MbChB, CCFP, DABAM

Addiction Physician
In addition to his prominent role at Cedars, Gerrit is an Addiction Medicine Research Fellow with the BC Centre on Substance Use and a UBC Clinical Instructor on the Addiction Medi...
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Dr. Pouya Azar

Dr. Pouya Azar

Addiction Psychiatrist
Dr. Azar, is a physician specializing in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He attended medical school at University of British Columbia where he also completed his psychiatry resi...
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Dr. Heather Henry

Dr. Heather Henry

Physician
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Nicholas Fitterer, MN, NP(f)

Nicholas Fitterer, MN, NP(f)

Nurse Practitioner
Nicholas came to Cedars with a wealth of experience as a Nurse Practitioner and provides patients with holistic medical support. He plays an integral role within the Medical team, ...
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Shannon Patrick

Shannon Patrick

Medical Manager
Shannon has worked as an Licensed Practical Nurse in various facilities and has been the addiction and recovery industry for over 18 years. Since starting her career in the recover...
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Tyler Huston, LPN, Nurse

Tyler Huston, LPN, Nurse

Nurse Team Lead
Tyler is a Licensed Practical Nurse who has brought a wealth of knowledge from previous years of working in the addiction field. He relies on his experience and specialized addicti...
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Janine Olivier

Janine Olivier

Nurse
Janine originates from Calgary and moved to Vancouver Island in September of 2017. Since her move to the island, has been an integral part of the Cedars team as a Registered Nurse....
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Claire Scrivener

Claire Scrivener

Nurse
Claire completed the Nursing program at a young age and has spent a majority of her career at the Cowichan District Hospital. Prior to her position with Cedars, she worked in the a...
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Jessie Buick, LPN, Nurse
Julie Duncan, LPN, Nurse
Clinical
Steve Low, CCAC

Steve Low, CCAC

Manager, Workplace and Referral Engagement
In 1988, Steve began training in chemical dependency and has been working in the field ever since. He is particularly skilled in emphatically connecting with others and suppor...
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Anthony Cafik

Anthony Cafik

Counsellor
Anthony's broad educational background includes certifications in philosophy, Pastoral Psychology, Theology and addiction counseling. Anthony has worked in the addiction field sinc...
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Bekayla Dewar, PsyD

Bekayla Dewar, PsyD

Counsellor
Bekayla holds a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and has over 4 years of work experience in the behavioral health field. She was drawn to Cedars by the tranquil environment a...
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Jo Dumont, MA

Jo Dumont, MA

Counsellor
Jo comes to Cedars with three generations of recovery in her family, including her own. She worked as an adult educator, paramedic, and first aid trainer for 25 years until an inju...
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Craig Extine – MA, RCC

Craig Extine – MA, RCC

Counsellor
Craig received his Masters in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. His background in personal recovery is what initially drew him to the recovery field. He beg...
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Terry Ketteringham, MA, RCC

Terry Ketteringham, MA, RCC

Counsellor
Terry joins the Cedars team with an impressive educational background and Master's Degree in Arts of Counseling Psychology. He has acquired fast knowledge from previous work experi...
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Donna Low, CCAC

Donna Low, CCAC

Discovery Program Lead
Donna attended the Child and Youth Care Program at VIU and has completed a training program in Addictions Counseling as well as a year long internship in the family program. Throug...
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Joe Petriccione – M.Ed, LPC

Joe Petriccione – M.Ed, LPC

Counsellor
Joe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 36 years of experience working in psychiatric, dual diagnosis, and chemical dependency programs. Graduating from George Washingto...
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Amanda Poitras – M.Ed, RCC

Amanda Poitras – M.Ed, RCC

Online Counsellor
Amanda is a Registered Clinical Counselor and graduated from the University of Lethbridge with Degrees in Counseling Psychology (M.Ed.) and Addictions Counseling (B.Hlsc.). She wor...
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Kathleen Stevens, BA

Kathleen Stevens, BA

Counsellor
Kathleen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction, and is currently in the progress of obtaining her Master of Arts Degr...
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Sonja Riddle

Sonja Riddle

Discovery Counselor
Sonja holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social work and is in the final stages of officially obtaining a Masters of Counseling Psychology. Her desire for a career in recovery started ...
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Asheleigh Narey

Asheleigh Narey

Clinical Coordinator
Asheleigh comes to Cedars with a diverse background in nursing, has a Diploma in Counseling, and Certification in Addictions. She plays an instrumental role in helping individuals ...
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Wellness Team
Lilian Bianchi

Lilian Bianchi

Yoga Instructor
Lilian is registered with the Yoga Association of British Columbia as a senior teacher and has been teaching Yoga since 1982. She first became involved with the practice in he...
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Greg Darjes

Greg Darjes

Spiritual Advisor
As one of Cedars' spiritual advisors, workshop facilitators, and lecturers, Greg creates a safe container for our patients to explore their spirituality. He is an ordained minister...
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Tim Kearney

Tim Kearney

Personal Trainer & Group Fitness
Tim is Cedars' one and only personal trainer and group fitness instructor. With over 20 years of involvement in the fitness industry, he teaches patients about the importance of ph...
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Rev. Pierre Leroux, CACII

Rev. Pierre Leroux, CACII

Spiritual Advisor
Rev. Pierre Leroux is an Ordained Minister with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and holds a certification of Addiction Counseling (CACII) with the Canadian Council of Profe...
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Community Care
Jessica James

Jessica James

Community Support
Jessica recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Certification in Addiction Studies from Vancouver Island University. Within her role as community support, Je...
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Jake Sombrutzki BSc.

Jake Sombrutzki BSc.

Community Care Counsellor
Jake graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science and specialization in Addiction Counseling. He officially joined the Cedars team in 2013...
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Facilities
Annelies Briggs

Annelies Briggs

Facilities Manager
Annelies has been caring for Cedars since it opened, over 10 years ago. Her role has evolved from housekeeping to managing Cedars’ ongoing maintenance operations. Annelies can of...
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Zeke Kruse

Zeke Kruse

Food Services Manager
Zeke is certified with a level III Red Seal certification in the culinary field and is currently working on completing his Diploma in Food Services and Nutrition Management. He beg...
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Steven Letts

Steven Letts

Sous-Chef
Steve is a Level III Red Seal Chef with the Cedars team. He demonstrates his culinary expertise with both a creative and positive attitude. Steven's goal is to produce new ideas an...
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Jake Brewer

Jake Brewer

First Cook
Jake is currently working towards obtaining his Red Seal certification in the culinary field. Jake began at Cedars after being recommended by a staff member and has since continued...
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Patrick Beaulieu

Patrick Beaulieu

Second Cook
With nearly 20 years of experience in the culinary field, Patrick says that Cedars is by far the job he has enjoyed the most. He brings creativity, humour, responsibility, and a ha...
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Joe Masters

Joe Masters

Second Cook
With over 14 years in the culinary field, Joe brings a great deal of professional expertise to the team. He enjoys the relaxed, fun environment at Cedars and is known for his easy-...
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Chrissy Wilson

Chrissy Wilson

Second Cook
Chrissy may be new to the staff at Cedars but she quickly became a treasured member of the team with her compassionate and humanistic nature. With ten years of experience under her...
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Sheila Humber

Sheila Humber

Housekeeping Lead
Sheila has been a lead housekeeping with Cedars since early 2013. She enjoys seeing the positive transformation of patients as they gain ground in their personal recovery. Sheila i...
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Shauna Buckley

Shauna Buckley

Housekeeping
Shauna's honesty and hard work ethic are an excellent addition to the housekeeping team at Cedars. “Cedars has been a really peaceful place for me. I find the property itself cal...
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Tara Bugden

Tara Bugden

Housekeeping
Tara is methodical, enjoyable, and is passionate about contributing to the progress she sees daily in people’s lives. “I feel like I’m not just in housekeeping but that I am ...
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Dana MacGillivray

Dana MacGillivray

Housekeeping
Dana previously worked as a hairdresser but desired a different career path, one where she could improve the lives of individuals. With the ambition of becoming a part of the recov...
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Barb McWhirter

Barb McWhirter

Housekeeping
Before becoming a part of the Cedars team, Barb was employed by BC Ferries and has been in the housekeeping industry for over 24 years. With her easygoing and zany personality, it ...
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Reg Wall

Reg Wall

Maintenance
Reg first discovered Cedars at Cobble Hill when he was visiting a co-worker in early 2016. With the surrounding lush forest and friendly atmosphere, he instantly fell in love with ...
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Administration
Tesa Cournoyer

Tesa Cournoyer

Administrative Support
Tesa has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina. Since obtaining her degree, Tesa has continued working with individuals seeking emotional and mental heali...
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Amanda Graham, BA

Amanda Graham, BA

Discovery and Administrative Support
Amanda joined Cedars in the first year of operation as a Support Staff team member. In February 2007, she became an integral member of the Cedars Discovery Family Practice and has ...
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Aidan Hughes-Toal

Aidan Hughes-Toal

Admissions Coordinator
Though he now resides in Victoria, BC, Aidan was born in Belfast, Ireland and spent the majority of his youth growing up in Edmonton, Alberta. After the overdose-related loss of hi...
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Aaron McCluskey

Aaron McCluskey

Transportation and Administrative Support
Aaron began his own recovery from addiction through our programs at Cedars. Before joining the staff, he was a very active member of the Cedars Alumni network and volunteered on th...
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Amber Rabey

Amber Rabey

Administrative Support
Amber divides her time at Cedars working as Support Staff and as Administrative Support. Her career at Cedars began through a practicum offered by Camosun College in the Mental Hea...
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Jacqui Rouse

Jacqui Rouse

Financial Lead
Jacqui originally began working at Cedars covering maternity leave. She was drawn to the positive, supportive energy that Cedars offers and the team was drawn to Jacqui’s amazing...
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Sabrina Szczurek

Sabrina Szczurek

Finance Coordinator
Sabrina is currently attending VIU on a full scholarship in the Bachelor of Business Administration program and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree and DBA. After completing school...
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Micky Capra

Micky Capra

Marketing Coordinator
Micky joins the team at Cedars with a Marketing Diploma and Post-Grad Certificate in Event Planning. With over 10 years in automotive marketing, she had the desire to branch out an...
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Support Staff
Joanna Blaszczyk

Joanna Blaszczyk

Support Staff
She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Born in North Vancouver, Joanna has lived i...
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John Blaszczyk

John Blaszczyk

Support Staff
As a current student at the University of Victoria, John is continuing his undergraduate studies in visual arts and is a member of the Cowichan Vall...
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Julian Brissard

Julian Brissard

Support Staff
Julian is inspired by the healing and transformation that happens everyday at Cedars. He is grateful to be a part of a team so dedicated to seeing people get well and thrive in a l...
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Pamela Campbell

Pamela Campbell

Support Staff
After a 15-year career in the spa & wellness industry, she decided to pursue her passion for developing relationships and advocating for others by choosing to pursue a Bachelor...
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Edmond Cantin

Edmond Cantin

Support Staff
Edmond achieved sobriety in 2009 by surrendering to the 3 legacies of a 12 step program. Since then, he has chaired many committees and currently se...
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Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson

Support Staff
Louise has an educational background in Criminology and has worked as an outreach worker with high-risk teenagers for many years. Louise brings empathy and compassion to Cedars and...
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Michael Kennelly

Michael Kennelly

Support Staff
After a successful career in the business world, Mike went back to school and earned a Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health training at the CDI Co...
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Don MacLeod

Don MacLeod

Support Staff
Don began working at Cedars in the fall of 2006 and has since become a chief member of the Support Staff team. For a short period of time, he was bo...
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Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Support Staff
 With a previous educational background in science, agriculture, and medicine, Amanda believes that Cedars is the perfect place to start her career as a psychiatric nurse. Ama...
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Maia McPherson

Maia McPherson

Support Staff
Maia started her journey at Cedars as a volunteer driving female patients to meeting. After teaching in the community for 35 years, she applied for the Support Staff position with ...
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Penny Murphy

Penny Murphy

Support Staff
After working on the mainland for several years, Penny returned to Vancouver Island in 2012, where she was born and raised. Prior to joining the Ced...
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Colin Reid

Colin Reid

Support Staff
Colin has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology-Psychology and originated from Edmonton, Alberta. Colin is in recovery himself and considers working at Cedar’s is the perfect fit for hi...
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Deanna Robinson

Deanna Robinson

Support Staff
 Born and raised in Ditidaht, BC, Deanna has always been passionate about her culture and the different aspects of First Nations. In her role as Support Staff, Deanna brings w...
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Leah Saari

Leah Saari

Support Staff
Leah has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Addiction Studies, and is now working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She has a diverse background i...
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Emma Larose

Emma Larose

Support Staff
Emma is originally from the Vancouver area and relocated to Vancouver Island over 4 years ago. She’s always had a passion for working with people, and in 2014 she completed the C...
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Jamie Kemp

Jamie Kemp

Support Staff
Jamie was born in Comox, raised in Nanaimo, and currently resides in Victoria, BC. Throughout his time at the University of Victoria, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science a...
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Janesta Lewis

Janesta Lewis

Support Staff
Janesta was referred to Cedars by a friend and has felt at home since she started as Support Staff on the team. She joins Cedars with a certificate in the “First Nation’s Famil...
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