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The team at Cedars at Cobble Hill is a diverse group of knowledgeable, highly-trained and compassionate individuals from varying professional and educational backgrounds. Many members of  Cedars staff have had first hand-experience with addiction and are not afraid to share their  personal experiences with honesty, empathy and humility.

At Cedars, our approach is invitational, instead of confrontational. We foster connections and establish trust with our patients by being transparent and involving them in their own individualized treatment process. By courageously sharing our stories, we can create the authentic connection that is essential to healing from addictions.

We believe that it truly “takes a village” to create an environment for individuals to grow and thrive. Regardless of their particular area of expertise, each team member is united in their goal of helping each individual find success in long-term recovery.  Each staff member has their own unique skillset and our team is proud of our collaborative approach to treating addictions. Our entire complement of multi-disciplinary staff form an integral part of what makes Cedars one of the premier recovery centres across the country.

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

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

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

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

Lisa Shields, BA, MC

Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations, Lisa is responsible for ensuring quality, safety and efficiency at all operational levels of the organization. Lisa is excited about the possibilitie...
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Dr. Gerrit Prinsloo, MD, MbChB, CCFP, DABAM

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

Medical Director
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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Ethan McCandless

Ethan McCandless

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

Elizabeth Loudon, MA

Clinical Director
With 17 years of experience in the addictions and recovery field, Elizabeth has had a lengthy clinical career working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to joining th...
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Medical
Dr. Chris Bosman, MD

Dr. Chris Bosman, MD

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

Dr. Pouya Azar

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

Dr. Ian Forster

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 American So...
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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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Tania Kirby

Tania Kirby

Nurse
Tania is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. Tania studied at the University of British Columbia as well as the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She provid...
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Tyler Huston, LPN, Nurse

Tyler Huston, LPN, Nurse

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

Janine Olivier

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

Coleen Baclig

Nurse
Coleen moved from the Philippines to Vancouver Island eight years ago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Philippines and completed the Licensed Practical Nur...
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Meghan Weir

Meghan Weir

Nurse
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 addict...
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Greer Stewart

Greer Stewart

Nurse
Originally from Metchosin, Greer lives in Mill Bay and enjoys the area immensely. Greer is a longtime supporter of Cedars at Cobble Hill and is happy to join the nursing team to le...
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Amber Bumbacco

Amber Bumbacco

Nurse
In addition to nursing, Amber is a flight attendant with WestJet. She attending Sault College in Ontario for nursing and now resides on Vancouver Island. She provides Cedars patien...
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Clinical
Anthony Cafik

Anthony Cafik

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

Bekayla Dewar, PsyD

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

Jo Dumont, MA

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

Craig Extine – MA, RCC

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

Terry Ketteringham, MA, RCC

Counsellor
Terry joins the Cedars team with an impressive educational background and Master's Degree in Arts of Counseling Psychology. He has acquired fast knowledge from previous work experi...
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Joe Petriccione – M.Ed, LPC

Joe Petriccione – M.Ed, LPC

Counsellor
Joe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 36 years of experience working in psychiatric, dual diagnosis, and chemical dependency programs. Graduating from George Washingto...
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Dana Kistemaker

Dana Kistemaker

Counsellor
Dana was born in Ontario, and spent ten years living in the Yukon before settling in British Columbia. Dana completed a history degree with a focus on First Nations Peoples, and is...
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Yin Yee Yip

Yin Yee Yip

Counsellor
After 20 years of military service, including a tour in Afghanistan, led Yin Yee to pursue her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, wanting to translate her passion for helpin...
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Asheleigh Narey

Asheleigh Narey

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

Lilian Bianchi

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

Greg Darjes

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

Tim Kearney

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

Rev. Pierre Leroux, CACII

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

Bruce Dumont

Indigenous Program
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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Robert George

Robert George

Indigenous Program
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 af...
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Community Care
Jessica James

Jessica James

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

Jake Sombrutzki BSc.

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

Zeke Kruse

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

Jake Brewer

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

Patrick Beaulieu

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

Chrissy Wilson

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

Marjorie Kolenberg

Cook
Majorie was born and raised in Duncan, BC. and began working in her family’s restaurant when she was just 11!  Marjorie has finished her Pro-...
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Shauna Buckley

Shauna Buckley

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

Tara Bugden

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

Reg Wall

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

Toni Hulan

Housekeeping
Originally from Alberta, Toni moved throughout Alberta and BC before residing on Vancouver Island. She joins us in the housekeeping department at Cedars. Toni is a very warm and fr...
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Administration
Aidan Hughes-Toal

Aidan Hughes-Toal

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

Aaron McCluskey

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

Amber Rabey

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

Maria Clancy

Administrative Support
Born and raised in Ireland, Maria moved to Canada in 2012 and currently resides in Cobble Hill. She attended school in Ireland in the healthcare and special needs fields. Before jo...
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Meaghan Roberge

Meaghan Roberge

Administrative Support
Meaghan was born and raised in Calgary, AB and moved to Victoria to pursue her undergrad in psychology, where she graduated in 2016, then moved up island, to Duncan. Meaghan’s wo...
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Sabrina Szczurek

Sabrina Szczurek

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

Lisa Colbourne

Bookkeeper
Lisa was born in Calgary and raised in Toronto but has been living on Vancouver Island since the age of 11. Animals and accounting are her passion which carried through to her prev...
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Support Staff
Annelies Briggs

Annelies Briggs

Community Support Supervisor
Annelies has been caring for Cedars since it opened, over 10 years ago. Her role has evolved from housekeeping to managing Cedars’ ongoing maintenance operations. Annelies can of...
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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...
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Sheila Humber

Sheila Humber

Community Support Supervisor
Sheila has been a lead housekeeping with Cedars since early 2013. She enjoys seeing the positive transformation of patients as they gain ground in their personal recovery. Sheila i...
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Colin Reid

Colin Reid

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

John Blaszczyk

Community Support Worker
As a current student at the University of Victoria, John is continuing his undergraduate studies in visual arts and is a member of the Cowichan Valley Arts Council. John is passion...
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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 chief member of the Support Staff team. For a short period of time, he was booking Cedars’ Wednesday Speake...
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Penny Murphy

Penny Murphy

Community Support Worker
After working on the mainland for several years, Penny returned to Vancouver Island in 2012, where she was born and raised. Prior to joining the Cedars team, she worked with high-r...
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Barb McWhirter

Barb McWhirter

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

Deanna Robinson

Community Support Worker
 Born and raised in Ditidaht, BC, Deanna has always been passionate about her culture and the different aspects of First Nations. In her role as Support Staff, Deanna brings w...
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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 Addictions Worker Certificate Program at Vancouver Island Unive...
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Jamie Kemp

Jamie Kemp

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

Janesta Lewis

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

Alan Carreck

Community Support Worker
Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Alan spent 18 years as a Red Seal chef working across Canada. In 2014 Alan made the life changing decision to go back to school to work towa...
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Bronwen Thorburn

Bronwen Thorburn

Community Support Worker
Bronwen grew up in the Cowichan Valley and recently returned home after 25 years abroad. Along with a loving and calm demeanor, Bronwen brings her own endeavours in recovery into e...
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Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson

Community Support Worker
Courtney grew up in Cowichan Lake and now resides in Duncan. She received her BA in Psychology and Certificate in Addiction Studies at Vancouver Island University. She joined Cedar...
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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, addictions and the homel...
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Maeghan Hermansson

Maeghan Hermansson

Community Support Worker
Maeghan comes from a background in Psychology and Social Work, and has always been passionate about person centered care having spent time volunteering in Retirement Communities an...
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Steve Alkema

Steve Alkema

Community Support Worker
Originally from Ontario, Steve moved to Calgary where he resided for 15 years before settling on Vancouver island in 2007. He is a certified Red Seal Chef  but is extremely in...
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Tiffany Wagner

Tiffany Wagner

Community Support Worker
Tiffany grew up close to Cedars in Lake Cowichan, and returned to the island after a brief stint working at a lab in Summerland. Tiffany completed her Bachelor of Psychology and is...
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Brittany Kiertucki

Brittany Kiertucki

Community Support Worker
Brittany was born and raised in Ontario and recently moved to Vancouver Island. She attended college and studied support work that focused on nursing homes and the educational syst...
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Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead

Community Support Worker
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, com...
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Laura Todd

Laura Todd

Community Support Worker
Laura grew up in Vancouver, and has also lived in Edmonton, Edinburgh, and more recently Victoria and Nanaimo. She studied philosophy and history in university before obtaining her...
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Evan Carver

Evan Carver

Community Support Worker
Evan was born in Vancouver and was an accomplished athlete until his addiction became his top priority. Evan attended BCIT for certification in plumbing and eventually ended up on ...
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