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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 to ensure the delivery of high quality, patient oriented treatment services. Carson brings a wealth of experience in leadership, management…

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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.  Steve is particularly skilled in empathically connecting with others and walking with them as they…

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Neal Berger

Neal Berger

Director Emeritus

Neal is one of the founders of Cedars at Cobble Hill. A lecturer and author, Neal has produced films on the subjects of chemical dependency and treatment, and is the President…

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Lisa Shields

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 wellbeing of both staff and patients. Lisa is responsible for…

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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 overseeing housekeeping  operations and managing Cedars’ ongoing maintenance and our…

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Ethan McCandless

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 to enter treatment. Ethan brings his enthusiasm for recovery and…

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Dr. Chris Bosman

Dr. Chris Bosman

Medical Director

Dr. Bosman is the Medical Director and primary physician at Cedars. He comes to Cedars with over 30 years of experience as a Family Physician with the majority of his…

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Bill Caldwell, BA, CCAC

Bill Caldwell, BA, 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 aftercare roles, as well as working as a research consultant.…

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

Dr. Edward P. (Ted) Kardera, MD

Doctor

Dr. Kardera has been a Physician at Cedars since 2005. He has been a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 1986 and the Canadian Society of Addiction…

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Dr. Lyn MacBeath

Dr. Lyn MacBeath

Psychiatrist

Dr. Lyn MacBeath is a psychiatrist (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) additionally certified by both the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and the International Society of…

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Kelsey Stoehr, LPN

Kelsey Stoehr, LPN

Nurse Team Lead

Kelsey is a Licensed Practical Nurse who has been with Cedars since the summer of 2015. Hailing from Morinville, Alberta, Kelsey credits her experience volunteering in Mexico helping to build…

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Annette Thomson

Annette Thomson

Nurse

Annette joined the team at Cedars in March, 2017 as an LPN. She has been an LPN since 2003 and has a natural gift for nurturing and supporting others. Annette…

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Tyler Huston

Tyler Huston

LPN

Tyler is a Licensed Practical Nurse who brings with him a wealth of experience from years working in addictions treatment. He relies on his experience and specialized addiction nursing education…

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Amanda T.

Amanda T.

Nurse

Amanda is a Nurse within the medical team at Cedars. She has held previous roles within the field of addiction recovery as a counsellor and social worker in addition to…

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Clinical
Jodi Strom, MA

Jodi Strom, MA

Expressive Arts Therapist & First Nations Liaison

Jodi Strom is a Certified Art Therapist with expertise in addiction treatment and trauma. In the past 11 years, she has worked with adults in the abstinence-based addiction treatment industry.…

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Kara Robinson

Kara Robinson

Counsellor

Kara has worked for years in the field of chemical dependency and also comes to us    with a wealth of understanding of the effects of addiction on family    members.  Her…

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Joe Petriccione, M.Ed, LPC

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. Joe graduated from George Washington University with a masters degree…

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Geri Laurence

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.  She has taught in Recovery centers in Vancouver and also…

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Rosa Toste

Rosa Toste

Counsellor

Originally from Ontario, Rosa relocated to the island several years ago and is passionate about working in the field of addictions. She has worked in a variety of departments and…

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Ewan Kirkaldy, BSW RSW

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 with the BC College of Social workers and a member…

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Jackie Armour, PhD (c), Sexologist (c), MA, ICADC, CCAC, CSAT, CSAT-S, CCTP, CARC, MSLC

Jackie Armour, PhD (c), Sexologist (c), MA, ICADC, CCAC, CSAT, CSAT-S, CCTP, CARC, MSLC

Counsellor

Jacqueline is a certified addictions counsellor specializing in sexual compulsion and relationship/love addiction. After her graduate studies at Royal Roads University, Jacqueline completed her intensive training at the International Institute…

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Terry Ketteringham, MA, CCAC

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 (CCAC). With an impressive educational background including a Master of Arts in…

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Donna Low

Donna Low

Discovery Program Lead

Donna grew up in Nanaimo BC, and has studied in the field of child and youth care at VIU. She completed an addictions counsellor training program at Edgewood as well…

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Clayton Campbell, BSW, RSW, CCAC

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 Addictions Counsellor (CCAC) with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation,…

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Bryn Meadows – MA(C), RPC, CCAC, ICADC, CDWF

Bryn Meadows – MA(C), RPC, CCAC, ICADC, CDWF

Patient Care Coordinator

Bryn joins us with over 16 years of experience working within mental health and addiction treatment as a counselling practitioner, program developer, educator, mentor, and manager. Bryn is known for her…

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Amanda Poitras M.Ed, RCC

Amanda Poitras M.Ed, RCC

Counsellor

Amanda Poitras is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and graduated from the University of Lethbridge with degrees in Counselling Psychology (M.Ed.) and Addictions Counselling (B.Hlsc.). She works within a trauma-informed transpersonal…

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Dr. Kenneth Kunz

Dr. Kenneth Kunz

Patient Care and Research Advisor

Kenneth Kunz is excited to join the Cedars team to further his already rewarding career in scientific research and academic medicine.  While in medical practice, Kenneth, who is in recovery…

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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 and paramedic/first aid trainer for 25 years before an…

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Craig Extine, MA

Craig Extine, MA

Counsellor

Craig’s background in personal recovery is what initially drew him to this field. He began by working with adolescents and youth and completed his Masters in Clinical psych at Antioch…

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Kathleen Stevens, BA

Kathleen Stevens, BA

Counsellor

Kathleen began as a Support Staff at Cedars and has transitioned to the Counselling team. She comes to her work with a rich history of counselling and social work, including…

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Community Care
Lisa Nixon, CPC, CPRC, CNRC

Lisa Nixon, CPC, CPRC, CNRC

Alumni Engagement

Lisa is a certified Nutritional and Recovery Coach, and a certified Sound Healing Practitioner, with over a decade of experience working in mental health and addiction treatment. She is also…

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Jake Sombrutzki

Jake Sombrutzki

Community Care Counsellor

Jake is graduate of the University of Lethbridge who completed his bachelors of health science specializing in addiction counselling. He joined Cedars in 2013 after completing an internship there earlier…

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Richard Osler

Richard Osler

Poetry Therapist

During his final business chapter as a registered specialty money manager Richard rediscovered the healing power of words, first in his own life and then in the lives of countless…

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Greg Darjes

Greg Darjes

Spiritual Advisor

As a spiritual advisor at Cedars, as well as a workshop facilitator and lecturer, Greg builds connection and creates a safe container for our patients to explore their spirituality, and…

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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 as an Addiction counselor CACII with the Canadian Council of Professional Certification.…

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Lilian Bianchi

Lilian Bianchi

Yoga Instructor

Lilian Bianchi has been teaching Yoga since 1982. She first became involved with Yoga in her early teens. She has received certification from Master Vayuananda (Rio de Janeiro) in 1982 and…

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Tim Kearney

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  a background in the Canadian Military serving for 9 years. …

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Eric Collins, MSc, PhD. (c)

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 include substance use disorders, addictions, adverse childhood experiences (trauma), modern…

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Facilities
Dennis Rumney

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 Arts Program at NAIT and spent 3 years in the…

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Zeke Kruse

Zeke Kruse

Chef

Zeke is a Sous Chef with Aramark Canada and has been with Cedars since 2009. He enjoys that each day brings a new and exciting challenge, and the passion for…

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Aaron McCluskey

Aaron McCluskey

Driver

Aaron began his own journey of recovery from addiction as a former patient at Cedars. Aaron was a very active member of the Cedars Alumni network, and volunteered on the…

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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 of…

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Reg Wall

Reg Wall

Maintenance

Reg was born in Vancouver and moved to Victoria when I was 10 years old. He moved to Duncan 24 years ago where he joined AA and has embraced recovery ever…

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Michelle Humber

Michelle Humber

Housekeeping

Michelle was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. Michelle has been with Cedars as a Housekeeper since June 2015. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn about the…

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Jessica James

Jessica James

Housekeeping

Jessica was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. She joined the Cedars Housekeeping team in February 2016. Jessica enjoys Cedars positive environment and community and is looking forward to…

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Shaun Provost

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 to be the first point of contact for individuals coming…

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Breanne Brown

Breanne Brown

Housekeeping

Breanne’s passion for working at Cedars began with a family history of addiction recovery. She has used this personal experience as a means to help her gain insight into some…

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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…

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Barb McWhirter

Barb McWhirter

Housekeeping

Barb loves working at Cedars because it she really likes the people that she works with and “it feels like service work”. After spending 24 years in housekeeping with companies…

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Support Staff
Debbie Gould

Debbie Gould

Clinical Assistant

Debbie has been a dedicated member of the support staff at Cedars for over 5 years and is also in long-term recovery. Debbie’s experience includes 20 years with the Ministry…

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Gavin Pringle

Gavin Pringle

Clinical Assistant

Gavin has been with Cedars at Cobble Hill since January 2016. Originally from Toronto, where he first became involved in the recovery community, Gavin brings a diverse background to the…

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Emma Larose

Emma Larose

Clinical Assistant

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…

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Ashley DesChenes

Ashley DesChenes

Support Staff

Ashley grew up in Alberta and moved to Victoria in 2014 where she received her Social Service Worker - Recovery Specialist Diploma. As a person in long term recovery, she…

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Don MacLeod

Don MacLeod

Support Staff

As a member of the primary support staff, Don began working at Cedars in the fall of 2006. Within a short period of time, he was booking Cedars’ Wednesday Speaker…

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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 Social Sciences. Born in North…

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John Blaszczyk

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 wife Joanna and a former four-legged employee named Rosie. As…

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Michael Kennelly

Michael Kennelly

Support Staff

Mike began working with Cedars over 3 years ago, after having working in various locations in North America including Arizona, Ontario, and British Columbia. After a successful career in the…

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Penny Murphy

Penny Murphy

Support Staff

Penny is a member of the support staff at Cedars. Despite a stint on the mainland of BC for several years, Penny came back to Vancouver Island in 2012, where…

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Harry Martin

Harry Martin

Support Staff

Harry has enjoyed working as a member of the support staff at Cedars since 2011. Originally from the Cowichan Valley, Harry has lived in various locations in BC and Alberta,…

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Edmond Cantin

Edmond Cantin

Support Staff

Hailing from Port Alberni, BC, Edmond was given sobriety in 2009 by surrendering to the 3 legacies of a 12 step program. Since then, he has chaired many committees and…

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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…

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Devyn Erickson

Devyn Erickson

Support Staff

Devyn was born and raised in Cowichan Valley, as a teenager and young adult experimenting with substances quickly progressed into abuse. She found herself falling into a transient lifestyle, living…

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Perry Johnson

Perry Johnson

Support Staff

Perry was born and raised in Alberta, and from the age of 17 spent most of his early years moving around North America as well as London, England. Perry joined…

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Pamela Huumonen

Pamela Huumonen

Support Staff & Scheduler

Pamela currently lives in Shawnigan Lake, and has been calling the Cowichan Valley home since she was a teenager. After a 15 year career within the spa & wellness industry…

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Amber Rabey

Amber Rabey

Support Staff

Amber divides her time at Cedars between working as Support Staff and Administration. She began at Cedars through a practicum from Camosun College in 2016 where she completed the Mental…

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Administration
Tesa Cournoyer

Tesa Cournoyer

Administration

Tesa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Regina, and has continued working with people seeking healing ever since. With work experience in variety of different environments,…

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Aidan Hughes-Toal

Aidan Hughes-Toal

Admissions Coordinator

Aidan joined Cedars in April 2016 as support staff and is now working in the admissions department. While currently residing in Victoria BC, Aidan grew up in Belfast, Ireland and…

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Nora Bryant, RN, Retired

Nora Bryant, RN, Retired

Business Development Manager

In Nora's current role as Business Development Manager with Cedars at Cobble Hill. she has the pleasure of networking with medical, clinical, and corporate partners across Canada.  In this capacity…

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Jacqui Rouse

Jacqui Rouse

Financial Lead

Jacqui Rouse has worked in finance for over 8 years. She started working at Cedars in 2015 as maternity coverage, and has always been drawn to the positive, supportive energy…

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Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Administrative Assistant, Discovery

Amanda joined the Cedars team in the first year of operation  as support staff. In February 2007 she joined the Discovery family and has  evolved with the program as it…

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Animals of Cedars
Hooty

Hooty

Resident Owl

I was rescued by the staff at Cedars after I fell out of my  nest in the summer of 2009. In the middle of the night the Inpatient Program  Director…

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Josie

Josie

Hello my name is Josie! I am a 3 year old rescue dog from Burns Lake in Northern BC. I am a small "mosaic" dog. I have been volunteering at Cedars…

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Sophie

Sophie

Hi everyone, I am Sophie.  I am a purebred female Bernese Mountain Dog.   I was born in August of 2009. I just like hanging out with everyone and don’t really understand this…

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Luna

Luna

Dog

My name is Luna. I was born in Kamloops, BC on December 16th, 2011. I am half German Shepherd and half Rhodesian Ridgeback. My favorite activities are swimming and diving…

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