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.

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.

Arleen Brawley

Arleen Brawley

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.

Maureen Hirsch

Maureen Hirsch

Peer Recovery Coach

Lorraine Marshall

Lorraine Marshall

Administrative Assistant

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.



Our Board of Directors

Sue Ness

Sue Ness

Chair

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith

Director

Mary Reeves

Mary Reeves

Director

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Vice Chair

Sharon Amirault

Sharon Amirault

Director

Kelli Lester

Kelli Lester

Secretary

Lillian MacNeill

Lillian MacNeill

Director

Dayna Lutes

Dayna Lutes

Director

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

Director

Valerie Grant

Valerie Grant

Treasurer