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.
Stacey joined the team at Sophia Recovery Centre in 2014. With a background in adult education in the community non-profit sector, Stacey brings her experience in helping individuals become empowered to transform their lives. She is passionate about Recovery, and inspired by the courage and strength of the women at Sophia Recovery 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.
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.
Erin first came to Sophia Recovery Centre for help with her own journey to recovery in 2008. She immediately felt safe and welcome, as if at home. She was honored to join the team in September of 2015 and is grateful to have been given the opportunity to share her experience and offer her support to the women. Erin feels she is fulfilling her passion by helping others find their own path to sustained recovery.
Peer Recovery Coach
Bonnie has been connected to Sophia Centre since the doors opened in 2008, and has served in different roles. She became part of the staff at Sophia Recovery Centre in January 2010. Her own recovery has blossomed and grown along with the women who seek a new way of life here. Bonnie loves being a part of this ever changing centre. She is grateful for this unique way of sharing her gifts of experience, strength and hope with others.
Our Board of Directors
Mary Beth McCurdy