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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheila has a background in office administration and marketing and is a welcoming face to all the women who enter the doors of Sophia Recovery Centre, Her ideas, personality and passion to see women become empowered in their lives are a perfect fit for the centre.
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