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Recovery is literally a fight for your life, so choose your allies carefully. Our staff knows where you’ve been and cares about where you’re going. Most importantly, they have the skills, knowledge and experience to help you.

Lorinda Strang

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Lorinda Strang

Lorinda oversees all daily operations of the Orchard and ensures consistent, high caliber treatment. She draws on her personal experience with addiction and recovery to convey strength and hope to clients and their families. Lorinda is committed to the Orchard’s community of recovery and is a powerful advocate for the addict who still suffers. “Our goal is for clients to leave the Orchard ready to live life feeling emotionally strong, personally accountable and excited about their ongoing recovery,” she says. “At the core of our beliefs and values is our absolute conviction that all clients can succeed.”

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Dr. Fay

Orchard Physician
Dr. Patrick Fay

MD, ABAM(d), DFASAM

Dr Fay, who leads our medical team is a former Vancouver area Medical Advisor on Addiction services to the Provincial Government. He has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of Addiction Medicine including detox, outpatient clinics and dealing with co-occurring disorders (mental health and addiction) for Greater Vancouver Mental Health Services.

He is exam certified with the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 1988, and is board certified with ABAM (Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine) since its inception.

He was a founding Physician of Vancouver detox in 1982 and with colleagues helped develop innovative detox protocols for alcohol and opiate addiction.

He was also a co-founder and long term member of the Advisory Committee on Opioid Dependency at the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons. This committee pioneered the education and monitoring of physicians

In the field of addiction issues and OST (opiate substitute treatment) in Canada and several members were awarded the prestigious Dole Nylander award for excellence by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr Fay was recognised as a distinguished fellow of the American Society DFSAM  in 2010 for exceptional services including advocacy and teaching in the field of addictions. He joins a group of approximately 300 Fellows worldwide to whom ASAM and its members look to for guidance and leadership.

He has been an auditor for the BC College of Physicians on prescribing issues, a board member at Pacifica Treatment center, Pacific Area advisor on addictions to Corrections Canada and a mentor to Physicians in recovery.

In 2007/2008 He pioneered the BC introduction and physician training in the use of Suboxone (buprenorphine) as an adjunct to opiate dependency treatment and its use for opiate detox.

Dr Fay is a highly respected physician working with the addicted population in British Columbia.

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Orchard Psychiatrist
Dr. Adam Chodkiewicz

MD, FRCP(C), DABAM

Dr. Chodkiewicz, or “Dr. C,” is a psychiatrist, licensed to practice medicine in the province of British Columbia. He is on active staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, where he has practiced inpatient psychiatry for 16 years. He was the former Division Head of inpatient psychiatric services; a large proportion of his patients suffered from concurrent addiction disorders as well as neurological and cognitive deficits from many sources including brain injury, as well as having multiple additional psychiatric illnesses such as major depressive disorder, psychotic disorders and various manifestations of post traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Chodkiewicz also was a consultant psychiatrist for the Anxiety Disorder Clinic at the University of British Columbia for more than nine years. Patients seen at this clinic often had complex treatment-refractory conditions that required both pharmacotherapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Chodkiewicz provided many years of CBT structured training and clinical case supervision to psychiatric residents. Dr. Chodkiewicz has an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, at the level of Clinical Assistant Professor; in this capacity he has an active and continuous role in the direct teaching and supervision of both medical students and residents in psychiatry.

Dr. Chodkiewicz has also clinically worked in the field of addiction medicine for 19 years and continues to manage patients in the community using opiate agonist treatment (OAT). Dr. Chodkiewicz provides preceptor training to physicians that have interests in addiction treatment and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (DABAM).

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Dr. Durnin

Orchard Physician
Dr. Maire Durnin

MD, Phd, MSc, BA(Mod), CCFP (C), ISAM

Dr. Maire Durnin has been in medical practice for 20 years and is certified in addiction medicine. As well as working at the Orchard she also has an addiction practice at the Alliance Clinic in Surrey and works in Vancouver's downtown eastside in addiction medicine.

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Orchard Physician
Dr. Launette Rieb

MSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Dr Launette Rieb is a Family Physician certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where she is the Director of the Addiction Medicine and Inter-collegial Responsibility Program for education of undergraduate medical students and residents.

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Jess Malkin

Clinical Director, Primary Care
Jess Malkin

M.A., M.S.W.

Jess Malkin earned a Masters of Social Work at University of Toronto (2011) with a specialization in mental health and addictions. Prior to this degree, she earned a Masters of Arts at York University, where she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her research on mood and anxiety disorders. Ms. Malkin received her clinical training at Toronto General Hospital (General Medicine) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Eating Disorders and Addictions Clinic). In addition to her clinical work, she has been a research coordinator in the psychology department at Ryerson University since 2008 and has co-investigated grant-funded research projects.

She has received several awards for excellence in mental health research and regularly presents her research at academic conferences. Jess is proficient in a variety of therapeutic interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamically oriented therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. Her specializations are adolescents/young adults with addictions, eating disorders, and mood and anxiety disorders. Jess excels at helping Orchard clients find the will and determination to change their lives.

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Barb Metcalfe

Director of Family Programs
Barb Metcalfe

BSc, CCAC

Barb has worked extensively with marginalized women and men in the areas of addiction, domestic violence and life skills management. Drawing on extensive personal and professional experience, Barb empowers clients to identify the obstacles standing in the way of their recovery and to establish the skills necessary to overcome them. In addition to her work as a counselor, Barb is the Director of Family Programs at the Orchard. She is passionate about helping families and couples examine their unhealthy patterns of relating and facilitating their movement toward more supportive, healthy relationships. Barb is a certified member of the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation.

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Jason Wilde

addiction counselor
Jason Wilde

BA, ICADC

Jason is a member of the Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellors’ Federation and a Certified Hypnotist. He brings to the team at Orchard a blend of institutional work from the Federal Prison System working primarily with women. Jason has over a decade of recovery time and is able to provide empathy and an understanding to the unique disease of addiction. Jason’s focus is on mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Jason believes that everyone is capable of recovery and that no matter how entrenched; change can occur. Jason uses a holistic blend of channeling mindfulness, talk therapy and meditation along with his passion for the outdoors and love of photography. Jason spends his time backcountry hiking and photographing the spectacular landscape of Bowen Island and the North Shore.

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Jim Myklebust

Addiction Counselor
Jim Myklebust

MA, CCAC

Jim’s career in the areas of mental health and addictions treatment began over thirty years ago. He has worked with adolescent, young adult, and adult populations from different backgrounds and cultures, all with a variety of issues and concerns. Jim has worked in out-patient mental health and addiction programs as well as short and long term residential treatment programs. Jim completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a current member of both the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, as well as the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Twenty-five years ago, Jim’s own spiritual path and personal recovery took shape and has grown to include 12-step support group meetings in addition to traditional spiritual practices. Jim brings into every interaction with clients his gratitude for sobriety, and his love of working with individuals who have so much to offer to their families and communities once they embrace the gifts of balance and recovery.

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Addiction Counselor
Lisa Shatzky

BA, BSW, MSW, RCC

Lisa has been a psychotherapist for 26 years, specializing in the areas of child and adult trauma, addictions, loss, grief, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and crises of meaning. She did her undergraduate degrees at McGill University and her graduate degree at UBC. Lisa continued with four years of postgraduate training and mentorship with the late Dr. David Freeman at Pacific Coast Family Therapy Training Association and three years in Jungian Process Psychology and Psychodrama in order to work with groups using expressive therapies that take into account the mind-body connection. She spent six month in India in her early 20s on an ashram studying the power and potential of using meditation for transformation and healing. In the last decade, Lisa has divided her time between working as a psychotherapist for various agencies and addiction centres in the lower mainland, teaching at the Justice Institute of B.C. and working as an instructor with City University in Vancouver in their psychology department.

She is also a poet, with several books published and with work in magazines and journals across Canada and the U.S. She believes in the inherent wisdom and strength of the individual and that inside every person, no matter what their history and struggles, is a resilient spirit with the capacity to live a life that is meaningful and authentic. With compassion, deep care, and a sense of humour, Lisa works to create a space where individuals can hear themselves and in hearing the power of their own unique voices, each person will discover what it means to transform loss and trauma into hope and a new vision of themselves so that it is possible to move forward.

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Roy McKinley

Addiction Counselor
Roy McKinley

BGS, ICADC

Roy specializes in helping clients discover their purpose and meaning in life and recovery. He has extensive experience working with clients who have complex issues, including those diagnosed with concurrent disorders. Roy is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) and a member of the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation. Prior to joining the Orchard, Roy spent several years working with individuals incarcerated in British Columbia’s Correctional System. He is particularly skilled in helping those clients requiring extra motivation to press on in their recovery. Roy draws on his personal experiences with addiction and recovery to plant seeds of hope and personal responsibility in his clients.

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Ruta Yawney

Addiction Counselor
Ruta Yawney

MA, RCC, FAMI

Inspired by humanistic/person-centered, Jungian transpersonal theories, Ruta practices an experiential, mindfulness based approach, empowering individuals to create new ways of being. She provides counselling for adults and teens experiencing anxiety and stress from life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, and addictions. Ruta is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and a Certified Guided Imagery & Music Practitioner (FAMI).

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Addiction Counselor
Sharon Jackson

ICADC, CCAC, CIP

Sharon is a therapist with the Family Program and values the family work as the most rewarding aspect of client care. Sharon is a ‘seasoned veteran’, working in the addiction field since 1989, starting on the ‘front lines’ with Federal Corrections and Agencies on the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. She earned a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselling (distinguished achievement) 1990 and a Diploma in Clinical Counselling in 1991, followed by decades of on-going specialized training. Studying with the Satir Institute since 2004, Sharon is an advanced Level 2 Satir Therapist. An active member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation since 1997, she maintains accreditation's as an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor (ICADC) and Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC). In 2014, she was accredited as a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) with the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Sharon is inspired by the extraordinary devotion and enthusiasm of the staff at the Orchard and is proficient at DBT, Contemplative Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and Satir Transformational Therapy. In long term recovery since 1984, Sharon is living the dream and motivated by the reality that we can recover!

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Susie Newman

Addiction Counselor
Susie Newman

Susie Newman is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation and earned her Certificate in Counselling for Alcohol and Substance Abuse in 2008. Prior to emigrating from Ireland in 2004, Susie facilitated groups at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin, and in the Central Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where she worked with inmates having concurrent addiction issues. Susie’s personal experiences with addiction give her a deeper understanding and empathy for her clients, and help her more fully engage and challenge them. She is passionate about her work and enjoys helping clients realize that a life beyond their wildest dreams is possible.

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Shelagh MacKinnon

Spirituality
Rev Shelagh MacKinnon

BA, MDiv

Shelagh teaches spirituality and other topics at the Orchard and is a source of wisdom, humor and inclusiveness. She trained with the Saskatchewan Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (SADAC) and has been providing spiritual advice and support to people in recovery since being ordained in 1980. In addition to her work at the Orchard, Shelagh is the Minister of the Bowen Island United Church (the Little Red Church in the Apple Orchard).

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Joanna Journet

General Manager
Joanna Journet

CACCF

Joanna is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation and earned her Certificate in Counseling for Alcohol and Substance Abuse at VCC. Joanna provides preadmission coaching to the Orchard’s clients and their families and guides them through the telephone intake process. As their first point of contact with the treatment center, Joanna exemplifies the calm, firm and compassionate approach we take to addiction treatment and recovery. She reviews the Orchard’s programming and treatment philosophies with clients and families, easing their worries and helping them develop a plan of action in their time of crisis. The intake process is the start of a lasting connection as Joanna ensures the client’s needs are met throughout their stay. She is unwavering in her belief that addiction is a treatable disease and her many years of involvement in addiction treatment allow her to engage clients and families in a particularly empathetic way.

 

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Business Manager
Lynne Hartle

Lynne has been in working in the accounting sector for over 10 years.  She brings this experience to managing all of our client’s financial needs, from billing records, insurance claims and tax receipts. She develops and implements budgets, prepares reports for senior management and ensures the department complies with company policies. Lynne is also involved in purchasing materials, supplies, tools, inventory and any other tangible items that their company or organization needs. She is partially responsible for keeping the organization running smoothly by ensuring that it has all of the supplies and inventory that it needs.

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Cassandra Steiner

Communications and Social Media
Cassandra Steiner

BA (Hons), Dipl

Cassandra earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University’s Communication Studies program after graduating from Seneca College with a diploma in Corporate Media Production. Making the move recently to Bowen Island from Toronto, Cassandra brings a wealth of skills to her role at the Orchard and is passionate about creating products and services that strengthen workplace culture as well as builds brand awareness.

Cassandra values being able to participate in work that affects positive change in people and communities. Working with stigmatized groups such as the LGBT community, Aboriginal communities, and impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic has allowed her to participate in a variety of community outreach. Her experience working alongside humanitarian organizations has taught her that empowering individuals to take responsibility over their lives is work that she wants to contribute to.

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Jennifer Manning

Client Services
Jennifer Manning

As our Client Service Coordinator, Jennifer is the first person to greet you upon your arrival at the Orchard. Jennifer loves living on Bowen Island and has enjoyed working in several different capacities at the Orchard, including 12 step coach, support staff, and night staff. With 26 years in recovery herself and a background in healthcare working with seniors, she is able to provide a unique blend of knowledge, patience, kindness and genuine compassion to all her interactions with clients, families and with all incoming telephone enquiries.

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Karen Cote

Intake & Assessment Coordinator
Karen Cote

Karen is a resident of Bowen Island, and loves what the Orchard brings to her community. Starting at the Orchard on our Support Staff team, Karen loved getting to know our clients and their families by facilitating their daily routines and assisting with all aspects of their stay at the Orchard. In her role as our Intake and Assessment Coordinator, Karen gets to know each family member on an even more personal level, which she finds incredibly fulfilling. Her experience working with our clients at every stage in their journey has given Karen a compassionate touch and thorough knowledge of our process, which she brings into every interaction with our clients and their families.

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Martin Wedepohl

Information Technology Supervisor & Intake Specialist
Martin Wedepohl

BSc

Martin has worked in a variety of support staff positions at the Orchard since 2007, until moving into his current position in 2014, helping the Orchard automate assessments and reports for clients with a focus on developing online tools for staff and clients. Martin continues to work as one of the Orchards intake specialists on our phone lines and on the web site. Prior to joining the Orchard, Martin worked with homeless and addicted clients at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre. He has been an active member of the recovery community since 2003. Martin’s background includes software design and development since 1985.

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Suzan Ross

Orchard Nurse
Suzan Ross

RPN

Suzan brings 20 years of nursing experience to the Orchard Recovery Center. As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, her passion is working in the field of mental health and addictions in a variety of settings, including acute psychiatry, drug and alcohol treatment as well as at the BC Cancer Agency and in health education. Suzan medically manages clients’ drug and alcohol withdrawal at the Orchard and works with clients to deal with medical issues that arise as a result of their addiction or with pre-existing conditions. Suzan’s ability to develop rapport with clients helps them to feel more at ease as they move through their time at the Orchard.

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Kim Molinski

Kitchen Manager
Kim Molinski

Kim grew up on Bowen Island with a passion for cooking. After completing two years of college, she began to work in the hospitality industry. During the following five years Kim excelled as a leader on the management team of a well regarded Vancouver restaurant group, known for their high-energy environments. Coming back to Bowen Island in 2002, Kim was thrilled at the opportunity to work at the Orchard as a cook. In this role she was able to combine her love and knowledge of food and nutrition, with her commitment and belief in the 12 step program. After working under two accomplished Chefs, Kim took on the management of the Orchard kitchen, which has been consistently getting rave reviews for the past six years.

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Sue Clark

Alumni Coordinator, Recovery Coach & Support Staff
Sue Clarke

Sue Clark assists the support team in caring for our clients outside of business hours and works as a step coach. She has been a valuable member of the Orchard’s staff since 2002. Sue draws from her personal experiences with recovery to help clients work through the early stages of their sobriety. She enjoys working one-on-one with clients, helping them embrace their spiritual and emotional recovery.

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Andrew Stiller

Recovery Coach & Support Staff
Andrew Stiller

Andrew began his recovery in Prince George back in 2013 and has since moved on to help a wide variety of people. Andrew has been a large contributor of building community involvement with the Baldy Hughes treatment facility in Prince George and received the community builder award in 2016. Andrew has helped in the school systems, educating youth at risk of the dangers of addiction and the resources available for them. He has also assisted with the recovery of parolees in second stage transition homes. Andrew has been assisting people in long term sobriety for 5 years and is currently in the final year of his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Simon Fraser University.

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Cerise Ager

Recovery Coach & Support staff
Cerise Ager

CCAC, CCADC, CAP

Through her own life experience, Cerise has an understanding of multiple addictions and what it takes to recover and make change.  Having turned her life around, she developed a desire to pay it forward, and enter into the recovery field.  Cerise holds a Counselling Certificate and is in part time studies for an Associates Degree in Psychology.  Cerise is CCAC certified through CACCF and has CAP Addiction Certification.  As a Recovery Coach, she facilitates group, supports recovery goals, provides crisis intervention and assists aftercare planning.  Cerise finds joy in volunteer work; taking pride in speaking for the Elizabeth Fry’s Crime and Consequence Seminar and being of service to 12 step programs.  Cerise sees the value in a holistic approach to healing and the Biopsychosocial model to empower clients to see their inner strengths.  She is solution focused and uses motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change to facilitate change.  Her compassionate and empathic spirit show how passionate she is about recovery, and her belief that any addict can recover.

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Christie Hughes

Support Staff
Christie Hughes

Christie has practiced Holistic Body Work for over 19 years. During this time she has studied the mind/body/spirit connection through yoga, energy work, holistic nutrition, child development studies, and outdoor school. Currently Christie is studying Addictions Counselling and training in Mindfulness Practice.

With 15 years of personal experience in recovery, Christie believes in empowering others through compassion. She enjoys helping others connect with their inner wisdom and strengths. Her work as Support Staff at the Orchard is truly meaningful to her, and she loves having the opportunity to support our guests through their doubts and fears, as well as celebrate in their accomplishments and new found hope.

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Damian Clarke

Recovery Coach & Support Staff
Damian Clarke

Damian has spent most of his life on Bowen Island. He grew up here working at his family’s business until a few years ago, when he moved to New Westminster and where he found a passion for recovery, volunteering at community outreach centers and a treatment facility, Volunteering lead Damian to go to college, where he is studying to become an addictions counselor. He moved back to Bowen Island in 2014 and soon joined the Orchard as support staff/step coach. He loves working at the Orchard and enjoys the opportunity to help people on their road to recovery.

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Peter Petris

Recovery Coach & Support Staff
Peter Petris

 Peter has a background in business and Information Technology, and has owned and operated several successful businesses. He has a diverse range of experience and has worked in a variety of settings, but eventually found his passion in the field of addiction recovery. Peter is an active participant in the recovery community throughout the Pacific Northwest and has earned a Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. He is eager to share his broad knowledge of 12 step recovery and is passionate about his role as a step coach. Peter believes his role as a helper is to facilitate a client’s self-learning and seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore themselves with openness and honesty.

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Recovery Coach & Support Staff
Qurban Naismith

RYT

Qurban started working in the addictions field as a peer support worker in a youth detox centre 20 years ago. He has worked in other professions but is drawn back to this field because he loves working with people. He can truly say he loves his job! He finds it extremely gratifying to know that he works in a place that makes a difference in people's lives. Qurban has also been able to teach another big love in his life to the residents—meditation. He finds it a blessing to see the residents make a shift in their lives from our efforts, and is grateful for the honour.

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Terri Dewar

Support Staff
Terri Dewar

Terri holds a BA in Social Studies from the University of British Columbia, and after enjoying a career as a publisher and editor and raising three beautiful children, decided to pursue a career she felt was more inline with her core values: acts of service and making a difference. She attended Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver and graduated with a diploma as a Holistic Wellness Counsellor. It was a journey of self-exploration, of opening up to a higher self and higher ideals – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In learning these tools, she is able to support and guide Orchard clients on their own journies.

As well as supporting Primary Clients at the Orchard Recovery Centre on Bowen Island, Terri presents workshops to our Extended Care clients in West Vancouver and works with them on their resumes and career building skills. She is always adding educational pursuits to expand her holistic repertoire, and is currently pursuing hypnotherapy training.

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Terri-Lynne Schack

Recovery Coach & Support Staff
Terri-Lynne Schack

Terri-Lynne is a native of beautiful B.C. and is a nature lover as well as environmental advocate. She has studied spirituality and a variety of Shamanism Traditions for over 20 years. Terri-Lynne received her diploma in Addictions counselling and has worked and volunteered in the field of Addictions since 2010. She is in recovery herself and has a passion to help others achieve recovery and feel empowered to reach their full potential.

Terri-Lynne was a Spiritual Counsellor in her own business in Fort Langley, B.C.

Terri-Lynne feels a deep gratitude to be able to work in such a loving, empowering environment where she gets to watch people blossom and become whole again.

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David Berner

Keynote Speaker & Workshop Presenter
David Berner

David Berner was the Founder (1967) and Executive Director of Canada’s first Residential Treatment Centre for drug addicts and alcoholics. The Foundation continues to thrive and sends hundreds of people each year back into the community as clean and sober citizens. He has conducted almost 11,000 groups in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, Winnipeg, Toronto, Omaha and Los Angeles.

David studied psychodrama with Dr. Lewis Yablonsky, the main proponent and teacher of psychodrama in North America for many years, gestalt with the founder of Gestalt Therapy, Dr. Fritz Perls, and group process and hypnosis with Dr. Lee Pulos, one of the best known psychologists in local history. He was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies for over 70 graduating students, family, friends and faculty of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He was introduced as "a leading voice on drug and alcohol treatment methodology."

David is an actor, writer and broadcaster. In February 2013 published his first book, All the Way Home, chronicling the history and theory of his addictions work. He is best known for his time spent on an enormously popular radio talk show host on CKNW Radio, and for his hard-hitting public affairs show on Shaw Community TV. He is also the Executive Director of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada.

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Chantal Russell

Yoga
Chantal Russell

E-RYT, RHN

Chantal is passionate about sharing the teachings of yoga, as a daily practice which invites us to embrace life as a sacred gift. Having studied yoga for over a decade, she graduated from the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching since 2005. She has since studied with some of the world’s most senior and influential yoga teachers, has completed over 600 hours of teacher training, including extensive studies in therapeutics and yogic psychology, and has taught extensively throughout Toronto and Vancouver’s top yoga studios. Her classes invite you to move your body in a nourishing way, and infuse loving awareness into every moment. As a mother, wife, yogini, nutritionist and cancer survivor, Chantal knows on a very intimate level how beneficial the teachings of yoga are to skillfully show up for the many challenges and opportunities that life presents.

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Chantal O'Sullivan

Yoga
Chantal O’Sullivan

E-RYT, MA, BA

Chantal’s teaching philosophy is simple: show up and take a deep breath, and you’re on your way. Because yoga — or connecting to self — isn’t supposed to stress you out. It should help to plug you in to your own heart, mind and body.

It should help you to feel more alive, more open, and more connected to the present moment.

Chantal combines a comprehensive study of different yoga styles and lineages with classical yoga philosophy and anatomy along with meditation, mindfulness and movement. She has lead yoga teacher trainings in Vancouver and now teaches yoga workshops and wellness retreats in and around B.C., as well as teaching at yoga conferences and festivals, like Wanderlust Whistler.

In her all-levels classes, you’ll focus on learning to breath better and ways to use this conscious breathing style to connect better to body and mind through movement and meditation.

And while you’re at it, to access greater health and wellness from the inside out. Expect to be let go of some tension and yes, even to have a little fun.

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Ellie Mackay

Dietitian
Ellie Mackay

M.Sc, RD

Ellie is a Clinical Dietitian registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She specializes in helping individuals develop a healthy relationship with food. She has more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of nutrition areas, including diabetes management, heart disease, weight control and eating disorders. Ellie received her Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia examining the role of dieting in the development of eating disorders. She works one-on-one and in group educational settings to help clients attain their nutrition goals and guide them to leading a healthful, nourishing lifestyle.

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Marty Levenson

Art Therapy
Marty Levenson

Registered Art Therapist, BA, DVATI, BCATR

Marty’s approach to art therapy is influenced by a lifelong career in the visual arts, blending a passion for creativity with a deep interest in healing and personal growth. His understanding of how to be an effective therapist continues to evolve as each client brings new challenges. As well as working with the Orchard Recovery Center, he sees clients in Vancouver and on Bowen Island, and teaches at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and the Adlerian School of Professional Psychology. As a general practitioner, Marty provides therapy to a diverse range of populations, working with trauma, addictions, sexual abuse, anxiety and depression. Now in his 20th year seeing clients, he especially enjoys engaging with clients’ dreams, and continues to explore the effect that focus has on their healing.

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Mary Letson


Mary Letson

PT, 200 hr Yoga Instructor, BA

A fitness professional since 1984, Mary brings a valuable balance of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her training sessions. In addition to her Personal Training and Yoga certification, Mary has specialty training as a Clinical Exercise Specialist and OSTEOFIT, a course in osteoporosis and fall prevention offered through BC Women’s Hospital. Mary has trained for the Orchard Recovery Center since it opened in 2002.

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Rachel Canning

Personal Trainer
Rachel Canning

BSc, BCRPA

Rachel was 16 when she started cycling to rehabilitate after a ski racing accident. She fell in love with the sport, and before long was cycling competitively representing BC at the Canada Summer Games, Western Canada Summer Games, senior and junior Road and Track Nationals as well as in Europe with amateur Dutch and Belgian teams.

In 2011 Rachel certified as a NCCP cycling coach and is the Program Director for the Burnaby Velodrome.  Her passion for fitness, sport and all things athletic is backed academically with a degree in Kinesiology from UBC, and more recently with a Personal training Certification with BCRPA.

She excels at building inspiring, tailor-made workouts designed to deliver results using agility, balance, strength training and cardiovascular endurance. In her spare time Rachel is a support worker and program leader for the mentally and physically disabled.

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