I have over 17 years of experience in the accounting field and a strong background in payroll and Healthcare. I’ve completed the third year CGA program through the CGA Association of BC. I feel very fortunate to be part of a great organization like Pacifica and to have a job I can be proud of. Originally from the East Coast, I now live in Burnaby with my husband and two children.
Chief Executive Officer
After several years in sales and sales management I decided to play a role in health care in B.C. Eight years as President of my own charity whose mission was 'To prevent depression related suicide in young people' taught me compassion and the rewards associated with helping others with stigmatizing diseases. Pacifica gave me the opportunity to work with a team of amazingly dedicated professionals for which I am grateful. I believe we save lives here by turning lives around and I appeal to you to summon up the courage to walk through our doors and recreate your history.
Hello there, I'm Kiki. I come from Ontario and I'm a 7 year old Bijon Frise. I've been working at Pacifica for two years now as the mascot and welcome waggin'. My interests include cats, belly rubs and doggy treats.
I became interested in counselling and personal growth in my teens as I struggled with finding a path in career, relationships and identity. I received a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1995. My training and interest in counselling is around addiction, healthy relationships and attachment, men’s issues, communication, integrating the mental and emotional, personal change and spirituality. I began working as an alcohol and addiction counsellor for Pacifica in 1996 and became Program Supervisor in 2009. For me, this has been a place of healing and transformation, and I fully believe it can be that for you, too.
My name is Linda Debons.
I am the Intake Coordinator at Pacifica. I enjoy getting to know and support men and women get medically ready and stable enough to benefit from our program. I am often deeply touched and inspired by the courage and vulnerability I witness in clients who want to create a healthy and productive life for themselves and their families, and who may be struggling in many ways to make the necessary changes. I am also in contact with referral agents or physicians from all over the province to help problem-solve and coordinate challenges around admission, inform them of clients' admission dates, and help them better understand our multi-faceted program.
Client Care Supervisor
As a previous client of Pacifica, I gained a passion for helping others and was hired in 2002. The role of the client care workers at Pacifica involves supporting clients at a basic level, with grounding, safety, monitoring medications, facitilating evening programs and sometimes just to lend an ear and become a source of trust.
I have been at Pacifica for 7 years, 4 years as the Group Facilitator with our Stabilization and Transition levels. I feel privileged for the opportunity to assist our clients as they work hard to understand themselves and as they begin building a foundation for lasting stability and health in their lives.
Ainslie Cook -- On Maternity Leave
I feel privileged to work at Pacifica as an addictions counsellor. I have a Master's in Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. I bring with me diverse experience in the field of mental health from my work at a psychiatric hospital, working with
marginalized residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and survivors of
trauma. Passionate about all areas of addiction, I believe in each person's
ability to change their life, and honour the wisdom of their own experience. Using an anti-oppression approach to address addiction, I invite you to join me as we embark on this journey together!
My career as a counsellor began in 2004, when I worked in an integrated health facility. There I learned a holistic approach to mental health that includes mental, physical, spiritual, environmental and social considerations. I have a Master's degree in counselling psychology. My graduate research focused on dreamwork in the context of addictions. I believe in using a positive approach when working with people struggling with addictions. By helping people gain awareness of the needs, strength and wisdom that I believe are core in all people, I support clients as they undertake a personal passage of transformation. It is rewarding work and I look forward to assisting you on your journey of change.
Hello, I have been working as a counsellor, supporting diverse people in their journey of healing, for the last 20 years. I received my MA in Counselling 10 years ago and have since worked in detox, support recovery, day and residential treatment and outpatient counselling. I specialize in trauma and addictions, a connection many clients can relate to. I have had the honour of supporting many women and men of courage and determination who have walked through Pacifica doors. I welcome you to join them...it may not be easy, but it will be worth it!
With over 12 years experience, I have developed a solid foundation in clinical, forensic, and community psychology. Prior to coming to Pacifica, I worked as a Forensic Therapist with high-risk male offenders in a maximum security hospital. I then moved into psychiatry and delivered innovative workshops and intensive therapy programs to adolescents and their families impacted by mental illness. I also have experience working for Battered Women’s Support Services on their outreach team in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. I believe that people have the ability to make change and by using your past as a source of strength for your future, you can evolve and grow into being the best you can be. I am passionately committed to bringing life changing fulfillment to help you on your personal journey of recovery.