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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 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 addiction.

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 addiction. Our multi-disciplinary staff make Cedars one of the premier recovery centres in the country.

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

Leadership
Stacey Peterson

Stacey Petersen

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Stacey Petersen has gained national recognition for his leadership in the addiction recovery and homeless serving sectors. He is a person in long term recovery, celebrating 34 years in…

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Cathy Gillespie

Cathy Gillespie

Chief Financial Officer

Cathy recently joined Cedars in the capacity of CFO from Winnipeg where she had resided her entire life.  The move to BC and to Cedars was an opportunity for Cathy…

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Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo

Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo, MD, MbChB, CCFP, DABAM

Medical Director/Addiction Physician

Gerrit Prinsloo is a Canadian Family Physician. He is American and Canadian Board certified in Addiction Medicine and started his medical career 21 years ago as an Emergency Physician working…

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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 opportunity to support patients taking their first steps on…

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Jo Dumont

Jo Dumont

Clinical Director

Jo comes to Cedars with three generations of recovery in her family, including her own. She worked as an adult educator and a paramedic until an injury in 2006 led…

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John Lawlor

Dr. John Lawlor, PhD, RCC

Director of Continuing Care

At Cedars Dr. Lawlor brings an empathetic and experienced focus to substance use disorder recovery and mental health wellness. He has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2008 and…

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Management
Colin Reid

Colin Reid, B.Sc.

Human Resources Manager

Colin obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology-Psychology in 2018 from the University of Victoria and is currently completing an MBA through the University of Fredericton. Colin strives to connect with…

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Lindsay Nikkel

Lindsay Nikkel

Financial Administrator

Lindsay is Vancouver Island born and raised.  In 2020 her family had the opportunity to relocate from Port Hardy, where they had resided for the past 8 years, to the…

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Aidan Toal

Aidan Hughes-Toal

Administration Manager

After the overdose-related loss of his twin brother, Aidan decided to attend Cedars as a patient in 2014 and has since applied his personal experiences to connect with patients. As…

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Stacey C

Medical Manager

Stacey has a lifelong passion to make a difference in the lives of people she encounters. After following various career paths involving accounting, real estate, business, education and nursing, she…

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Aaron McCluskey

Aaron McCluskey

Alumni Services Manager

Originally hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Aaron “Gator” McCluskey, headed west in 2012. Aaron pursued education in journalism and marketing, but his true passion has always been connecting with people and…

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Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark

Discovery Family Program Manager

Stephanie grew up in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and was overjoyed to move to Vancouver Island to further her career here at Cedars. Stephanie holds a Baccalaureate in…

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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 often be found…

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Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson

Community Support Supervisor

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 truly believes…

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Sheila Humber

Sheila Humber

Community Support Supervisor

Sheila Humber is a Community Support Supervisor who supports both staff and patients to succeed in their everyday tasks, while managing a team. Sheila believes that she has to lead…

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Medical
Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo

Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo, MD, MbChB, CCFP, DABAM

Medical Director/Addiction Physician

Gerrit Prinsloo is a Canadian Family Physician. He is American and Canadian Board certified in Addiction Medicine and started his medical career 21 years ago as an Emergency Physician working…

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Dr. Crosbie Watler

Dr. Crosbie Watler, MD, FRCPC

Addiction Psychiatrist

Dr. Crosbie Watler completed his MA in Psychology at Lakehead University, before going to Medical School at McMaster in 1988. Following medical school, Dr. Watler completed his residency in psychiatry…

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Dr. Ian Forster

Dr. Ian Forster

Addiction Physician

Dr. Ian Forster, is a key member of the Cedars team as well is a consultant for Addiction Medicine at Edmonton’s Life Mark Health Institute. Currently a member of the…

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Stacey C

Medical Manager

Stacey has a lifelong passion to make a difference in the lives of people she encounters. After following various career paths involving accounting, real estate, business, education and nursing, she…

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Nick Fitterer

Nick Fitterer

Nurse Practitioner

Nicholas took his first primary care position as a Nurse Practitioner in January of 2013. After nearly 4 years with the BC Cancer Agency Nicholas started his BC Center for…

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Marnee Wilson

Marnee Wilson

Nurse

Marnee is a lifelong resident of the Cowichan Valley. She obtained her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) diploma at Discovery College in Nanaimo and continues to pursue training in mental health…

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Chantal Lewis

Chantal Lewis

Nurse

Chantal was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley.  With a background in Horticulture and Herbal Medicine, she received her LPN Diploma through Vancouver Island University in 2018.  Her previous…

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Clinical
Jo Dumont

Jo Dumont

Clinical Director

Jo comes to Cedars with three generations of recovery in her family, including her own. She worked as an adult educator and a paramedic until an injury in 2006 led…

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Bruce Dumont

Bruce Dumont

Indigenous Lead

Bruce grew up in central Alberta in a small rural town. He completed his Red Seal Apprenticeship in Electronics at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. He has…

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Karen Hayde

Karen Hayde

Spiritual Health Advisor and Counsellor

Karen was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She moved to the island 12 years ago in order to be closer to friends and family. Karen’s passion for spirituality drove…

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Asheleigh Narey

Asheleigh Narey

Patient Care Coordinator

Asheleigh Narey is the Patient Care Coordinator who works with both inpatient and alumni to help with achieving their goals including housing, income support, employment, etc. Asheleigh believes that if…

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Mohammed Elewonibi

Mohammed Elewonibi

Counsellor

Nigerian born and Vancouver Island raised, Mohammed brings a breadth of skills and compassion to his work at Cedars. Mohammed’s varied career began in professional sports including time in both…

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Matt Cowan

Matt Cowan

Counsellor

Matt was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He started working on the family farm starting at age 12 and continued until his early 30s. Shortly thereafter, Matt relocated…

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Simone Duff

Simone Duff

Counsellor

My name is Simone Duff. I have completed my master’s degree in counselling psychology, and I am registered clinical counsellor. I got into the addiction field as my mom passed…

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Leah Saari

Leah Saari

Counsellor

Leah grew up in Bamfield, a small remote community on the west coast of Vancouver Island. She spent time living in both Northern Alberta and Yukon as a heavy duty…

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Steven Kelly

Steven Kelly

Counsellor

Steven is from Glasgow, Scotland and has lived on Vancouver Island for 20 years. Steven has worked extensively with the street community in Victoria and has spent the last five…

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Ashley Allan

Counsellor

From a young age Ashley developed a special interest in nature-based practices as she grew up in a home on the edge of a nature reserve. She spent most of…

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Administration
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 opportunity to support patients taking their first steps on…

Read more
Aidan Toal

Aidan Hughes-Toal

Administration Manager

After the overdose-related loss of his twin brother, Aidan decided to attend Cedars as a patient in 2014 and has since applied his personal experiences to connect with patients. As…

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Lisa Carlson

Lisa Carlson

Office Manager

I was born in Chatham Ontario and moved to beautiful British Columbia when I was six years old. Raised in Shawnigan Lake, met my husband in grade 9, married in…

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Finance
Cathy Gillespie

Cathy Gillespie

Chief Financial Officer

Cathy recently joined Cedars in the capacity of CFO from Winnipeg where she had resided her entire life.  The move to BC and to Cedars was an opportunity for Cathy…

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Lindsay Nikkel

Lindsay Nikkel

Financial Administrator

Lindsay is Vancouver Island born and raised.  In 2020 her family had the opportunity to relocate from Port Hardy, where they had resided for the past 8 years, to the…

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Jonelle Andrew

Jonelle Andrew

Finance and HR

Terrace born and Nanaimo raised, Jonelle’s family immigrated from South Africa prior to her birth. Jonelle holds a BHM degree from VIU and an MBA from Thompson Rivers University. Jonelle was…

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Chelse Upton

Chelse Upton

Accounting Assistant

Hailing from Southern Vancouver Island, Chelse was born in Victoria, and spent most of her life in Deep Cove before settling into the Cowichan Valley. Chelse spent time attending Camosun…

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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 often be found…

Read more
Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead

Maintenance Manager

Michael was born in California but has called British Columbia home since the age of 6. With education in a variety of sciences, Michael joins the Cedars team with versatility,…

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Glenn Sheather

Glenn Sheather

Executive Chef

Glenn was born in Ontario and grew up in sunny Tsawwassen before moving to Victoria. Glenn attended the University of Victoria and Camosun college before completing his Culinary Red Seal…

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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…

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Jeanine Rovas

Jeanine Rovas

Kitchen Staff

Jeanine was born in Ottawa, Ontario attending Rideau Secondary School through Grade 13. Jeanine’s diverse career started in bartending, before working as a Teacher’s Aide, in Carnival Exhibitions, owning her…

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Darlene Marriott

Darlene Marriott

Kitchen Staff

Darlene was born in Vancouver but lived primarily in Kelowna before moving to Vancouver Island. Darlene spent most of her career in culinary settings, baking and cooking. Darlene states she…

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Natasha Van Walleghem

Natasha Van Walleghem

Cook/Sous Chef

Born in Ontario, moved to BC in 2013 after high school graduation to attend university.  Graduated from VIU in Nanaimo in 2017 from the Culinary arts program. Continued on to…

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Lucie Thibault

Lucie Thibault

House Keeping Lead

Lucie grew up right here on Vancouver Island in Victoria, BC. Lucie graduated from Victor Brodeur Secondary School the Capital Regional District’s all french language school.  Lucie began her career…

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Support Staff
Colin Reid

Colin Reid, B.Sc.

Human Resources Manager

Colin obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology-Psychology in 2018 from the University of Victoria and is currently completing an MBA through the University of Fredericton. Colin strives to connect with…

Read more
Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson

Community Support Supervisor

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 truly believes…

Read more
Sheila Humber

Sheila Humber

Community Support Supervisor

Sheila Humber is a Community Support Supervisor who supports both staff and patients to succeed in their everyday tasks, while managing a team. Sheila believes that she has to lead…

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Joanna Blaszczyk

Joanna Blaszczyk

Community Support Worker

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Born in North Vancouver, Joanna has lived in Haida Gwaii, Kitimat, Vancouver, and Victoria…

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John Blaszczyk

John Blaszczyk

Community Support Worker

John has been with the Cedars team since 2010. He has been an empathetic ear for men to talk with during overnight hours. John began his studies at University of…

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Don MacLeod

Don MacLeod

Community Support Worker

Don began working at Cedars in the fall of 2006 and has since become a seasoned member of the Support Staff team. For over a decade, Don booked Cedars’ Wednesday…

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Glen Crichton

Glen Crichton

Community Support Worker

Glen comes to Cedars with an extensive working knowledge of recovery and addiction, bringing over 5 years experience working with marginalized populations, addiction and the homeless. Glen is passionate about…

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Emma Larose

Emma Larose

Community Support Worker

Emma has always had a passion for working with people, and in 2014, after completing the Community Mental Health and Addiction Worker Certificate Program at Vancouver Island University, she began…

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Krista Crawford

Krista Crawford

Community Support Worker

Krista is a island native that has worked in the wellness industry for 20 years. Before moving to cedars two years ago. As she was challenged with her own recovery…

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Chrissy Wilson

Chrissy Wilson

Community Support Worker

November 11, 2005. I chose myself. Favourite quote: Healing is the new flex.  Chrissy was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley and is a member of the Cowichan Tribes.…

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Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith

Community Support Worker

Cameron is a member of the support staff hear at the cedars in cobble hill. Even before his time here he was drawn to assisting people with challenges that exceed…

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Amber Rabey

Amber Rabey

Community Support Worker

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 Health…

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Penny Murphy

Penny Murphy

Community Support Worker

Born & raised in Victoria, lived and worked on the mainland for several years, managed group homes for high risk youth and adults with developmental disabilities. I returned to Vancouver…

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Tony Hiatt

Toni Hiatt

Community Support Worker

Coming from a background of academic and artistic pursuits, and more recently motherhood and doula work, Toni brings qualities of presence, gentleness, and humor to her work at Cedars. She…

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Nate Kupczak

Nate Kupczak

Community Support Worker

Nate could not be happier with his employment at Cedars. As an alumni of Cedars, Nate takes his years of addiction experience to work everyday, and tries to approach work…

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Terra Baum

Terra Baum

Community Support Worker

Hi my name is Terra and I am a grateful recovering addict, I have 12.5 years clean. I came from a hard life that lead me to addiction, my trauma…

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Spirituality, Wellness & Fitness
Bruce Dumont

Bruce Dumont

Indigenous Lead

Bruce grew up in central Alberta in a small rural town. He completed his Red Seal Apprenticeship in Electronics at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton. He has…

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Karen Hayde

Karen Hayde

Spiritual Health Advisor and Counsellor

Karen was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She moved to the island 12 years ago in order to be closer to friends and family. Karen’s passion for spirituality drove…

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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 Professional Certification. For…

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Robert George

Robert George

Elder

Robert grew up in the Duncan area where he mentors youth in his community and participates in cross cultural workshops. He joined the Cedars team after assisting his brother who…

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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 in the United…

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Meghan Weir

Meghan Weir

Kundalini Yoga Instructor

In addition to being a nurse and certified life coach, Meghan is a Kundalini Yoga and meditation instructor. She has always been extremely passionate about mental health and addiction recovery…

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Jennfier Hodge

Jennifer Hodge

Integrated Wellness Therapist

Jennifer is a Registered Massage Therapist, BodyTalk Practitioner and Reiki Master. She brings her passion for self discovery, recovery and healing to Cedars. Being a person in long term recovery…

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Continuing Care/Alumni/Discovery Family Program
John Lawlor

Dr. John Lawlor, PhD, RCC

Director of Continuing Care

At Cedars Dr. Lawlor brings an empathetic and experienced focus to substance use disorder recovery and mental health wellness. He has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2008 and…

Read more
Aaron McCluskey

Aaron McCluskey

Alumni Services Manager

Originally hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Aaron “Gator” McCluskey, headed west in 2012. Aaron pursued education in journalism and marketing, but his true passion has always been connecting with people and…

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Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Discovery Program Coordinator

Amanda was born in the UK and came to Canada as a child. After earning a BA in Anthropology from UBC Amanda worked in Corrections before taking time out to…

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Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark

Discovery Family Program Manager

Stephanie grew up in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and was overjoyed to move to Vancouver Island to further her career here at Cedars. Stephanie holds a Baccalaureate in…

Read more
Asheleigh Narey

Asheleigh Narey

Patient Care Coordinator

Asheleigh Narey is the Patient Care Coordinator who works with both inpatient and alumni to help with achieving their goals including housing, income support, employment, etc. Asheleigh believes that if…

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Shawn Jones

Shawn Jones MA, RCC

Continuing Care Clinical Counselor

Shawn is originally from Calgary, AB and was drawn to Vancouver Island since he was a child visiting his Grandparents. He now resides in the Cowichan Valley with wife and…

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Annette Richardson

Annette Richardson

Community Care Coach

Annette grew up on the North Island in Gold River and currently resides in Nanaimo. Annette brings a diversity of training and lived experience to her role as a Continuing…

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