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.

Our Team

Jo-Anne Renton

Jo-Anne Renton

Executive Director

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.

Anne Gautier

Anne Gautier

Program Coordinator

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.

Johanne Hall

Johanne Hall

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.

Mary Nagle

Mary Nagle

Peer Recovery Coach

Mary has been an active participant in various programs and services offered at the Center since 2016 and has now officially joined the team. She has experienced first-hand the gentle power that is evident when women work together to solve mutual problems. Mary is very pleased to be working as a Peer Recovery Coach and is looking forward to using her skills as a retired educator to assist other women as they journey through recovery. She wants women to take that first step and reach out, ring the bell and walk through the door. It only gets better.

Donna Clark

Donna Clark

Administrative Assistant

Donna joined the Sophia team in March 2019.  She brings many years of administrative experience along with a sincere and compassionate nature.  We are very lucky to have her at the Centre.



Our Board of Directors

Dawn Jesso

Dawn Jesso

Chair

Sharon Amirault

Sharon Amirault

Vice-Chair

Kelli Lester

Kelli Lester

Secretary

Valerie Grant

Valerie Grant

Treasurer

Dayna Lutes

Dayna Lutes

Director

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

Director

Patricia Boyle

Patricia Boyle

Director

Krista Bastarache

Krista Bastarache

Director

Michael Whelton

Michael Whelton

Director

Chantelle McGrath

Chantelle McGrath

Director