The Drumheller Society for Recovery (DSFR) is fortunate to rely on the sound judgment, and wisdom of this diverse group of Board of Directors. Their passion for excellence and their belief in the value of the work serves Grace House well. Their professional experience is augmented by the fact that a significant number of the Board have been in recovery themselves and are proud to serve as examples that change is possible.
Donna and her husband moved to the valley in recent years and plan on living out their retirement years here. Donna is presently retired from a career working as a mental health addiction specialist and nursing. She has personal as well as professional experience in 12 Step Recovery and welcomes this opportunity to contribute to her community. Donna was appointed to the Board in January 2023 to fill a vacant position and stated that she is honored to able to be apart of this great Non-Profit Organization. Her role as Director transitioned into Acting President.
Work & Educational History
During her time there, Donna took additional training in addictions, including training at Henwood Addiction in Edmonton and a placement with AADAC in Edmonton.
During her time in Ontario, she worked as a support worker in a group home for mentally handicapped persons and volunteered at a women's shelter.
During this time, she worked for a new program in downtown Calgary as the mental health addiction specialist, running a community group at the Mustard Seed using a harm reduction model. Unfortunately, the program folded after less than two years due to its high operational costs.
Jeremy has been a Drumheller resident since 2016 and a local small business owner since 2017. Jeremy said he saw DSFR as a great organization that he believes he can contribute to in a positive way. Over 13 years sober himself, Jeremy believes he can provide a common sense, logical and thoughtful input with clear communication. His biggest interest is in seeing a successful, community-based program of sobriety.
After over 16 years working in law enforcement (BC Corrections and a local bylaw officer), Sheleigh realized her compassion for others was wearing thin, so did what she called an 'about-face' and started 'life' in the not-for-profit sector, working in management at a local men's shelter and then at a men's residential addiction treatment centre in Calgary.
She went on to work at a few local 'for profit' colleges and quickly noted that her heart is in the not-for-profit sector, and not the 'money first, students second' sector.
One of her biggest strengths is in documentation and policy writing, with a knack for being able to read and comprehend documents from different perspectives. This skill has led her to her current work as an Accreditation Consultant, and so far, have brought 2 clients to a 100% success rate on their 'primer' accreditation surveys, with more clients on a strong path for success.
When MHSPA (Mental Health Services Protection Act) required all treatment centres in the province to be licensed, Sheleigh had the honour of getting Grace House treatment centre the first license ever granted. It is her honor to join the D.S.F.R., she is looking forward to jumping in and offering my experience and expertise where needed.
Sara spent her recent years working in Corrections where the prevalence of addictions and the significance of community treatment/recovery support has been highlighted.
In her roles she has provided daily support to those in active addiction and various stages of recovery, as well, she has facilitated programs with some focus on substance abuse and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
Sara has been looking for a meaningful way to give back and this opportunity felt like the perfect fit as a I recognize and value the impact the D.S.F.R. has on our community.
She is grateful for the opportunity to be a Board Member and it has been an honor to represent and support the D.S.F.R.
I grew up in the valley, am very well known, this has always been a strength as well as my organizational skills including my problem-solving capabilities. I am a former business owner, brick and mortar as well as online businesses. My past work experience has brought me in contact with the men of the Grace House for resume creation and job search. I have the time and positive mindset to help the Grace House move forward…Transferrable Skills are key!!
I'm an Alumni of the Grace House with 2 plus years Sobriety. Before coming to Grace House and the Drumheller area, I lived in Lethbridge where I worked at Streets Alive, a Christian Street Mission. While there I was a Supervisor and an Outreach Worker. I’m very active in the Grace House, I'm there 2-3 times a week giving back and showing newcomers that we do recover and it is within their reach. I enjoy sharing the message within the community of the Grace House.
Drumheller has been my home for my entire life. I am currently enjoying retirement years. I was fortunate to be elected on the Board and look forward to being apart of the team. I believe strongly in the mission and vision of the Grace House, and I am excited to have the opportunity to bring that mission and vision to life for the benefit of the clients and community.
I know the dark world of addiction firsthand. I moved to Drumheller in 2012 from Hanna, AB. I struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol and in April of 2019, I hit rock bottom and took the dive in recovery. Grace House was an integral part of my early recovery. The house meetings, and the feeling of getting to share my story with the men in the program got me through those first few hard months. I started the Badlands Pride Association in Drumheller with other local individuals. I have always been someone who wants to help the helpless, advocating for anyone who can’t for themselves because they know how it feels to be without a voice. In my off- time I love caring for my many animals on the farm. I also enjoy doing drag as the character “Roxxie Cotton”, a name I chose as a nod to my past.
It is my hope that I can use my lifetime of experiences and skills to serve my adopted town of Drumheller, and one of my all-time favourite non-profit organizations, the Drumheller Society for Recovery. During my four-and-a-half years here, the Grace House has helped me out numerous times. Still to this day, the Odd Job Squad is my go-to for many types of services. I have had the pleasure of Board involvement including Executive levels in past years, Vice Chair of the Family Violence Counselling for Men Society in Victoria, Chair of Fundraising and a Member of a Marketing Committee. My organizations strengths are strong, I organized successful events such: Globe ’90 and Globe ’92 in Vancouver, and ConExpo ’93 in Las Vegas, and two international Conferences with delegates from a total of 23 countries.
I am a product of a dysfunctional family with several alcoholics among my relatives (including father and brother). We produced other addicts, too. Two suicides by loved ones were extremely heartbreaking, as was the accidental overdose of another. I will participate as best I can to keep the Grace House Board performing the primary goal of supporting clients. I want to make a difference. Recovery is job #1.
I have had a lifetime of interacting with people with all kinds of addictions, mental illness and physical disabilities through my role in Management and Program Management for D.A.R.T.S.. I bring a portfolio of education and experience in behaviours expectations goal setting and hands on experience. Addiction has affected my family and I went to Alonon and addictions counseling to help support me to understand them. I’m very creative, an out of the box thinker and a team player. I look for strengths in people not weakness. We all have something to give.