Meet the Board of Directors

The Grace House Board of Directors

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 Powell - President

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

  • Graduated Psych nursing diploma Alberta Hospital Ponoka 1983

During her time there, Donna took additional training in addictions, including training at Henwood Addiction in Edmonton and a placement with AADAC in Edmonton.

  • Worked at Alberta Hospital Ponoka for 6 years, with 2 years at the Cottages dual diagnosis 28-day treatment program.
  • Moved to Ontario in 1989 for her husband’s career and completed her RN there, as psychiatric nursing was not recognized in Ontario.

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.

  • Moved to Calgary in 1992 and worked at all three hospitals in Calgary in a casual capacity, primarily at Foothills Hospital in outpatient mental health and addictions.
  • In 1997, worked at Alberta Mental Health as a counselor.

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.

  • Worked at sheriff King in a supervisory position for 1 yr. assisted in running a group for males who had abuse charges.
  • Ran psycho-educational groups and worked with clients doing one on one counseling in a 4-week specialized program for out-patients experiencing mental health issues

Jeremy MacKenzie - Vice President

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.

Sheleigh Hoover - Secretary

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 having the treatment centre she worked at get the first license ever granted. She is honoured to join the DSFR and offer her experience and expertise where needed.

Sara Yavis - Director

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.

Myrna Teegee - Director

Teegee is grateful and honoured to be on the Grace House Board of Directors because she has a passion to help bring indigenous knowledge of traditional and cultural awareness to the table., as she is Carrier Dene from Takla Landing, British Columbia. Teegee has personal and professional experience in 12 Step Recovery.

Teegee's career and highlights as an Indigenous Social Worker:

Bearspaw First Nation; Sunrise Healing Lodge Society; Alcove Women’s Treatment Center, Nezulbeh Hunuyeh child and family service, Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society.

Board of Directors of S.O.S. and Positive Living North, both for two years.

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