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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 the day-to-day operations at Cedars in an effort to ensure all patients receive high quality, patient-oriented care. Carson brin...
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Steve Low, CCAC

Steve Low, CCAC

Clinical Director
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 ...
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Dr. Lyn MacBeath, MD, FRCPC, ABAM, ISAM

Dr. Lyn MacBeath, MD, FRCPC, ABAM, ISAM

Medical Director
Dr. Lyn MacBeath received her education as a psychiatrist at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is certified by both the American Board of Addiction Medicin...
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Lisa Shields BA, MCC(c)

Lisa Shields BA, MCC(c)

Director of Operations
Lisa is the Operations Manager at Cedars. Her education and experience is an asset to the team in ensuring the well-being of both staff and patients. Lisa is responsible for staff ...
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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, most recently as Director of Corporat...
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Annelies Briggs

Annelies Briggs

Director of Facilities
Annelies has been caring for Cedars since it opened, over 10 years ago.   Her role has evolved from housekeeping to the Facilities Director and managing Cedars’ ongoing...
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Ethan McCandless

Ethan McCandless

Director of Admissions
As the Admissions Director, Ethan assists people in the first steps of their recovery journey. He brings his enthusiasm for recovery and genuine compassion for those individua...
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Bill Caldwell, BA, CCAC

Bill Caldwell, BA, CCAC

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

Dr. Chris Bosman, MD

Physician
Dr. Bosman is the head physician at Cedars. He came to our facility with over 30 years of experience as a Family Physician, with the majority of his practice being within rural com...
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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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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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Tyler Huston, LPN

Tyler Huston, LPN

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

Janine Olivier

Nurse
Janine has been working with Cedars since October 2017 as a causal Registered Nurse. Her interest of working in the addiction field is inspired by the fact that many of her cl...
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Shannon Patrick

Shannon Patrick

Nurse
Shannon has worked as an LPN in various nursing facilities and entered the addiction and recovery world in May 2000. Since then, she has felt rewarded and grateful to be able to he...
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Claire Scrivener

Claire Scrivener

Nurse
Claire was born on the mainland and has lived in Nanaimo, BC for the past 25 years. Having completed the Nursing program at a young age, Claire spent a majority of her career at th...
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Clinical
Anthony Cafik

Anthony Cafik

Counsellor
After spending the majority of his time in Ontario, Anthony moved to Nanaimo, BC in 2002. His broad educational background includes certifications in philosophy, Pastoral Psycholog...
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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’s background in personal recovery is what initially drew him to this field. He began his experience working in the addictions field with adolescents and youth after having ...
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Terry Ketteringham, MA, RCC

Terry Ketteringham, MA, RCC

Counsellor
Terry has worked as an addiction counselor since 2009 in a number of different facilities. With an impressive educational background and Master's Degree in Arts of Counselling...
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Elizabeth Louden, MA

Elizabeth Louden, MA

Counsellor
Elizabeth has been working in the addiction field for over 17 years and has had a lengthy clinical career working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Before coming to ...
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Donna Low, CCAC

Donna Low, CCAC

Discovery Program Lead
Donna grew up in Nanaimo, BC and attended VIU for the Child and Youth Care Program. She completed a training program in Addictions Counseling at Edgewood as well as a year long int...
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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. Joe graduated from George Washin...
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Amanda Poitras – M.Ed, RCC

Amanda Poitras – M.Ed, RCC

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

Kathleen Stevens, BA

Counsellor
Kathleen began as Support Staff at Cedars and has transitioned to the Clinical team. She approaches work with a rich history of counselling and social work including fifteen years ...
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Sonja Riddle

Sonja Riddle

Discovery Counselor
When Sonja was 12 years old, she told her father it was either her or the heroin. Although it was unclear at the time, in that moment her desire for a career in recovery began. Her...
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Wellness Team
Lilian Bianchi

Lilian Bianchi

Yoga Instructor
Lilian Bianchi has been teaching Yoga since 1982. She first became involved with the practice in her early teens and has received many certifications including one from Master...
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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 and what it means to them. ...
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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 educates patient 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 was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley and joined the Cedars family in February 2016. Within her role as community support, Jessica enjoys creating a comfortable enviro...
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Asheleigh Narey

Asheleigh Narey

Community Support
Asheleigh enjoys countless things about her role as Community Support but what stands out to her is being able to support individuals as they get well and re-invent themselves. She...
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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
Zeke Kruse

Zeke Kruse

Food Services Manager
Zeke was born and raised in Duncan, BC. In 2014, he was certified with a level III Red Seal certification and is currently working on completing his Diploma in Food Services and Nu...
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Steven Letts

Steven Letts

Sous-Chef
Steven was born and raised in Victoria, BC and is currently living in Sooke, BC. He is a Level III Red Seal Chef with both a creative and positive attitude.  Steven's goal is ...
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Jake Brewer

Jake Brewer

First Cook
Jake is currently residing in Shawnigan Lake, BC, and is working towards attaining his Red Seal certification. Jake began at Cedars nearly four years ago after being recommended by...
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Patrick Beaulieu

Patrick Beaulieu

Second Cook
Patrick grew up in Victoria and has spent a majority of his time in Chemainus. With nearly 20 years of experience in the culinary field, Patrick says that Cedars is by far the job ...
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Vanessa Giordano

Vanessa Giordano

Second Cook
Vanessa grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and now resides on Vancouver Island. After studying in Montreal, Quebec and earning her Bachelor's Degree in Health and Nutrition, Vanessa moved ...
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Joe Masters

Joe Masters

Second Cook
Joe grew up in the Cowichan Valley and currently resides in Chemainus, BC. Joe joined the Cedars family in 2018 after he was recommended by a staff member. With over 14 years in th...
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Chrissy Wilson

Chrissy Wilson

Second Cook
Chrissy grew up in the Cowichan Valley, where she currently resides. She joined the Cedars family in 2018. Her compassionate and humanistic nature are an asset to the Cedars team; ...
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Sheila Humber

Sheila Humber

Housekeeping Lead
Sheila has been with Cedars as a lead housekeeper since February 2013. Sheila brings to Cedars an energy of appreciation for her work. She enjoys seeing the positive transformation...
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Shauna Buckley

Shauna Buckley

Housekeeping
Shauna grew up in Victoria and now resides in the Cowichan Valley. Her honesty and hard work ethic are an excellent addition to the housekeeping team at Cedars. “Cedars has been ...
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Tara Bugden

Tara Bugden

Housekeeping
Working in housekeeping at Cedars is a special experience for Tara: “I feel like I’m not just in housekeeping but that I am part of the larger team. I love that I can contribut...
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Dana MacGillivray

Dana MacGillivray

Housekeeping
Dana currently lives in Mill Bay, BC. In the past, she worked as a hairdresser and quickly changed her career path after realizing that she wanted to be apart of the recovery commu...
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Barb McWhirter

Barb McWhirter

Housekeeping
After spending 24 years in housekeeping with companies such as BC Ferries, Barb came to Cedars through a job posting and immediately found her place among a team that embraced her ...
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Reg Wall

Reg Wall

Maintenance
Reg was born in Vancouver, BC and moved to Victoria at the age of 10 years old. He moved to Duncan 24 years ago where he joined AA and has embraced recovery ever since. Reg ha...
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Administration
Tesa Cournoyer

Tesa Cournoyer

Administrative Support
Tesa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and has continued working with people seeking emotional and mental healing ever since. With work expe...
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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
Aidan joined Cedars in April 2016 as a member of Support Staff and is currently working in the admissions department. Though he now resides in Victoria, BC, Aidan was born in Belfa...
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Aaron McCluskey

Aaron McCluskey

Transportation and Administrative Support
Aaron began his own recovery from addiction as a former patient at Cedars. He was a very active member of the Cedars Alumni network and volunteered on the Alumni Advisory Committee...
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Amber Rabey

Amber Rabey

Administrative Support
Amber divides her time at Cedars between working as Support Staff and Administrative Support. She began at Cedars through a practicum from Camosun College in 2016, where she comple...
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Jacqui Rouse

Jacqui Rouse

Financial Lead
Jacqui has has experience working in the finance field for over 8 years. She began working at Cedars in 2015 as maternity coverage and has since been drawn to the positive, support...
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Sabrina Szczurek

Sabrina Szczurek

Marketing Coordinator
Sabrina was born in Victoria, BC to Polish parents and didn’t learn English until she was 5 years old. She is currently attending VIU in the Bachelor of Business Administration p...
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Support Staff
Joanna Blaszczyk

Joanna Blaszczyk

Support Staff
Joanna has been a member of the Cedars team since 2010. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Soci...
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John Blaszczyk

John Blaszczyk

Support Staff
John has been working with the Cedars team since 2010. Originally from Victoria BC, he now lives in Cobble Hill with colleague and wife Joanna. As a...
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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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Christina Butler

Christina Butler

Support Staff
Christina was born and raised in Newfoundland and has moved several times. After being in Iqaluit, NU for 5 years, she relocated to Vancouver Island in 2016. Christina has experien...
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Pamela Campbell

Pamela Campbell

Support Staff
Pamela currently lives in Shawnigan Lake and has been calling the Cowichan Valley home since she was a teenager. After a 15-year career in the spa & wellness industry, she deci...
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Edmond Cantin

Edmond Cantin

Support Staff
Hailing from Port Alberni, BC, Edmond was achieved sobriety in 2009 by surrendering to the 3 legacies of a 12 step program. Since then, he has chair...
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Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson

Support Staff
Louise is originally from Vernon, BC and grew up in Duncan and Prince George. She has an educational background in Criminology and has worked as an outreach worker with high-risk t...
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Debbie Gould

Debbie Gould

Clinical Assistant
For over 5 years, Debbie has been a dedicated team member of the Support Staff. Before coming to Cedars, she worked with the Ministry of Health in Victoria, BC for nearly 20 years ...
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Perry Johnson

Perry Johnson

Support Staff
Perry was born and raised in Alberta and from the age 17 has spent most of his time moving around North America and London, England. Perry joined the Cedars team in February 2017 a...
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Katarina Karamanian

Katarina Karamanian

Support Staff
Katarina is a native British Columbian who grew up in Maple Ridge and now resides in Victoria. She is currently working towards attaining her Bachelors in Social Work at UVIC. Kata...
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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 and...
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Michael Kennelly

Michael Kennelly

Support Staff
After having worked in various locations across North America including Arizona, Ontario, and BC, Mike decided to join the Cedars team nearly 3 year...
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Nadine Langelo

Nadine Langelo

Support Staff
Nadine is grateful to be a member of support staff and helping the patients at Cedars in their recovery journey. She is honoured to work with such a great team and is inspired ever...
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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
Amanda was born and raised in Cobble Hill. With a previous educational background in science, agriculture, medicine, Amanda believed that Cedars was the perfect fit for her desire ...
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Maia McPherson

Maia McPherson

Support Staff
Maia was born in Ottawa, Ontario and frequently moved locations while working for the army. Fun fact: she has lived abroad 3 times and has moved nearly 13 times!  Maia started...
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Penny Murphy

Penny Murphy

Support Staff
Penny is a member of the Support Staff team at Cedars. Despite a stint on the mainland for several years, Penny came back to Vancouver Island in 201...
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Gavin Pringle

Gavin Pringle

Clinical Assistant
Gavin has been with Cedars since January 2016. Originally from Toronto (where he first became involved in the recovery community) Gavin brings a div...
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Colin Reid

Colin Reid

Support Staff
Colin is originally from Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Vancouver Island in 2012. He has an educational background and Bachelor's Degree in Biology-Psychology. Being in recovery hi...
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Deanna Robinson

Deanna Robinson

Support Staff
Deanna was born and raised in Ditidaht, BC and is currently residing in Lantzville, BC. She has experience working in another treatment facility as an intake worker and intake assi...
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Leah Saari

Leah Saari

Support Staff
Leah comes to Cedars from a diverse background that includes driving trucks, being a heavy equipment operator, and being a professional driver for the television and film industry ...
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