We are dedicated to improving the lives of the women in our community.
Sophia, as mentor for the Centre, offers hope, healing and freedom for all women in recovery.
Sophia, the Greek word for “wisdom”, is regarded in Biblical tradition as the feminine presence of God’s wisdom. Her wisdom is rooted in experience and compassion and she values the power of presence. Sophia speaks to wholeness, to integration and to the harmony of body, mind and spirit.
We are governed by an independent volunteer Board of Directors. The members include representation from medical, legal, counselling, financial and community service professions.
Jo-Anne joined the team at Sophia Recovery Centre in 2017. She brings with her over 25 years of experience in the business sector, specifically in Operations and Marketing management. Jo-Anne has been involved in the healing community as a volunteer for many years and has a passion for helping others to live their best lives. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of recovery and its ability to transform the lives of women, thus creating better families and communities as a whole.
Peer Recovery Coach
Maureen moved to New Brunswick in 2014 after retiring from a fulfilling career as a Dietitian in Ontario. She has been very involved in the recovery community in both Ontario and NB, facilitating women’s small groups and step studies for many years. Maureen began as a volunteer at Sophia Recovery Centre and did not hesitate to become a Peer Recovery Coach when the opportunity presented itself. She credits the centre as an essential part of continuing her own sobriety, and with building new connections in recovery in her new home province. We feel very fortunate to have Maureen’s wisdom, experience and compassion available to the women who come to Sophia.
After retiring from a career of 30 years and trying to find something meaningful in life, Lorraine joined the team at Sophia Recovery Centre in 2014. Being an adult child of addiction and in recovery herself, Sophia Recovery Centre was the major influence in Lorraine’s personal recovery. Lorraine feels honoured to be able to give back and share her experience with the team and women of Sophia Recovery Centre.
Peer Recovery Coach
After completing a 32 year teaching career and having been involved in the local recovery community for many years, the move to Sophia Recovery Centre was a natural transition for Johanne. In her role as a Peer Recovery Coach, she shares her experience, strength and hope with the women who enter our doors. Johanne brings strong knowledge of the recovery process and the belief that healing is a two-way journey. As she helps women, she in turn strengthens her own recovery and we are all stronger in the end.
After 31 years in the teaching profession, Anne decided to channel her passion for helping others into the recovery world. She is very enthusiastic about creating a safe, accepting and hopeful environment for women seeking recovery from addiction and hopes to help provide programming and/or connections to help them achieve their goals.
Consulting Addictions Counselor
Arleen Brawley, SCIC, opened Sophia Recovery Centre along with Mary Beth McCurdy, SCIC. As a Certified Addiction Counselor, she brought a passion for recovery from addiction for women. She has witnessed miracles of women helping women to recover at Sophia Recovery Centre. She is presently on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, however she continues to provide support at Sophia as Consulting Addictions Counsellor, and she counsels privately at her home. She continues to pray for all the women who have the courage to ring the door bell, cross the threshold and begin the work of recovery.
Our Board of Directors