OUR

TEAM

Lennon House would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteer board members and peer support workers, currently devoting their time to ensure Lennon House runs smoothly as it works to give those who are struggling, their life back.

Dianne Young

Founder & Director

Dianne is the drive and power behind Lennon House. She has been in recovery for 21 years, has peer support training, and is familiar with the recovery community here on PEI. 

Dianne is skilled in a number of programs for Mental Health & Addictions, such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), SMART Recovery Facilitators Training, and a variety of community training courses from Abegweit Associates.

Dianne has three adult children and ten grandchildren. She resides in Charlottetown with her husband Danny, two of her grandchildren, and their three dogs: Ottis, Olive, and Pepper.

 

Dianne is available by email at dianne@lennonhouse.ca

Dianne is grateful to have such a dedicated and compassionate board come alongside her in this very important mission. She is pleased to present her Board of Directors & Staff below. 

Steve Guy

House Manager

Steve has been in recovery for 26 years, and has been helping those struggling with addiction for many years. Steve attended Vancouver Community College studying Substance Abuse, and has worked with Choices Recovery House, as well as Team Challenge in Siberia, Russia.  

He also brings years of experience in Operational Management to our board.  Steve also plays in many local Island bands.

"I am very humbled and honoured to be a part of this much needed resource, and look forward to the many success stories to be written as a result of the work that will be done through Lennon House."

Steve is available through email at

steve@lennonhouse.ca.

Ron Nicholson

President; Board of Directors

Addictions and mental health recovery hit close to home for Ron, who went through 21 admissions to detox/rehab clinics until he was 25 years old.

Now 25 years clean and sober, he advocates for those who suffer as he did, and is passionate about those having access to the help they need. 

Ron also serves as the municipal councilor of the newly formed Three Rivers, a monumental opportunity he did not hesitate to undertake. 

Ron  resides in Montague with his young family.

Donna MacIntyre

Vice President; Board of Directors

While driving by Lennon House during the summer of 2019 and seeing a lone little red car parked beside the newly sided yellow building, Donna felt compelled to drop in to offer Diane support with such a huge undertaking.  After retiring from Health PEI with close to 40 years working in clinical social work, supervisory and management team roles, Donna joined the Board. Now proudly employed as a mental health therapist with Lennox Island First Nations she is excited to have Ted RedSky on the Board for his Indigenous perspective and knowledge. Donna feels a strong sense of responsibility to not only those in need of a recovery home but also to the many volunteers and donors who have been so generous of their time and resources to support Lennon House. 

Robin Vermette

Secretary; Board of Directors

Robin has been a federal employee for the last 20 years, and ensures though that may be her job, her passion is helping others. 

Robin joined our Board of Directors with decades of experience in addictions and recovery and is dedicated to seeing Islanders get the opportunity to recover. 

"It has been my misfortune to see people at their worst, but it has also been my blessing to see them rise up and be at their best."

Robin resides in Summerside with her partner.

Tyler Hayes

Treasurer; Board of Directors

Tyler joined the Lennon House board in late 2019 to help necessary services to Islanders, and since January of 2020 to serve as Treasurer.

He has worked in the outsourcing and managed services industry for the past 15 years, working with some of the largest Canadian and Global technology companies and leading teams of over 500 staff in both Ontario and PEI. He is currently working in the IT Managed Services Industry with Buchanan Technologies as Director of Canadian Operations, and leads a team of over 150 staff. 

Tyler grew up in the Montague area where he and his wife Tasha now raise their family. He is a volunteer coach for both Montague Minor Hockey and Cardigan Baseball programs, and serves on the Board of Directors for Montague Minor Hockey. 

Ted Redsky

Member; Board of Directors

Ted is First Nation - Ojibway that follows his traditional ways, and therefore brings his knowledge and background in Indigenous culture and ceremonies to Lennon House. 

The board is honoured to have him to guide Lennon House with integrating cultural sensitivity and First Nations spirituality into our recovery home programs. 

Ted brings much experience to Lennon House and is familiar with family alcoholism and substance abuse. He served on the Ontario Police Force and is a retired Customs Inspector. He currently works for the Canadian Red Cross as a Health Technician.  

Evelyn Casey

Member; Board of Directors

Evelyn resides in Stanley Bridge with her husband Stan. In December of 2018, she retired from her 10-year position as supervisor of the St. Eleanor's House, an Extended Care Facility in Summerside. Since 1987, Evelyn has been employed with the PEI Government. She has supported people struggling with addictions and mental health for many years. Some were able to change their lives and others didn't get that opportunity. It is Evelyn's hope that Lennon House can be a part of the change that the women and men of PEI so desire and need.

 

"Together, we can do this." 

Joyce Newcombe

Member; Board of Directors

Joyce has been working in the Human Services field for just over thirty years. Most of her experience has been with Island government in administration of social programs. She currently works with East Prince Youth Development Centre as a Program Coordinator, Facilitator, and Job Coach. 

Joyce is certified in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Facilitation, and Negotiation, as well as Life Skills Coaching, Counseling Practice Theory & Practice. 

Through her work and life experiences with those from all walks of life struggling with mental health and addictions, she brings her passion for developing and facilitating programs that help those in need. 

Dave Johnston

Member; Board of Directors

Dave retired in 2015 as a Senior Accountant Executive with ONX Enterprise Solutions. Some of Dave's major work achievements include: securing a multimillion-dollar multiyear contract with the Province of PEI and enhancing strong relationships in the partner and manufacturer arena. Dave is and has been an avid volunteer with the Kosovo Refugee Settlement Program, Camp Triumph, Big Brothers, the Prince County Hospital, Parkview Seniors, and the Christian Motorcycle Association. Dave is very passionate about Mental Health and Recovery Programs.

Dave is 58 years old and resides in Summerside.  He has three adult children: Amber, Kristine, and Dylan, who are all thriving in their perspective industries.

Michelle Burns

Program Facilitator

Michelle's bio is coming soon!

Donovan McNeely

Fundraising Coordinator

"I am proud to have been chosen as the Fundraiser for Lennon Recovery House! I am no stranger to addiction myself, having had an alcohol addiction from my early teen years. It was a struggle for me to come to terms with my addiction and even more so, to address it. It took me years to finally make a recovery plan and that's when my journey really began. After I stopped drinking, I was forced to face my underlying mental health condition, which as it turned out, was actually the key to staying sober. I didn't have a place to turn to like Lennon House and I wish I had. A house full of Peer Support, a safe place that's non judgemental and that focuses on the recovery of each person as a whole. I hope that my time spent working for Lennon House will put to use many of the skills I've learned over the years, both professionally and personally, in helping those in need. I was on a mission to find work that impacted the community in a meaningful way and I couldn't be happier to have found Lennon House!"

Shannon Plouffe

Office Administrator

"It has been a great experience working alongside Dianne as her admin assistant.  Working behind the scenes to build a nonprofit organization from the ground up takes a tremendous amount of work and has caused me to draw on my many years of office administration experience as well as my faith.  I am grateful to have been able to contribute to the success of seeing Lennon House open and operational.  Guided by Dianne’s vision and passion, Lennon House now exists to provide supportive aftercare to individuals who are moving from a life of addiction to a life of recovery.  It is awesome to be a part of it!

Married and blessed with 6 children, I live in Mayfield with my husband, Wayne, and our teenage son.  We have 11 grandchildren, 7 of them living on the island."  

OUR

SUPPORT STAFF

Peer Support Staff are critical to our mission here at Lennon House. 

A peer support worker is someone who reflects upon and shares their experiences with addiction and/or mental health challenges, whether it be themselves or someone close to them.  

This helps our residents build trusting relationships and relate to staff that have overcome similar challenges, in order to inspire, model, and inform others in similar situations,

and support them in finding their own path to recovery.

Jennifer Wood

Jennifer has been working in the mental health and addictions field since graduating from the program Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program

in 2018.

She has overcome her own issues with mental health, and continues to grow and learn. She is passionate about helping others, and is hoping that her own experiences and studies can help others in the future.

Jolaine LeBlanc

Jolaine says she is "beyond thrilled" to be part of our support staff: "Lennon House has put together an incredible team!"

5 years ago Jolaine worked in a rehabilitation centre for women in New Brunswick. Since arriving back to PEI, it has been a dream of hers all these years to give back to what she says, "was so freely given to me."

 

 Jolaine has 7 years in recovery herself and looks forward to "listening, encouraging, and supporting these beautiful women that we’ve been blessed with so far, and for the ones

to come. My heart feels so grateful that we have this amazing, loving home for our islanders struggling with addictions & mental health.

Love is all they need."

Olivia Inman

Olivia has been passionate about mental health services and addictions recovery on Prince Edward Island for many years, and is currently finishing her degree in Psychology at UPEI. 

Olivia is thrilled to see a new support for those who are struggling available here on PEI, and hopes her experiences, as well as her education, can be put to

great use.

 

"I've struggled with my own mental health, I've needed a support system to help me through some pretty difficult things in my life. To now be that support system and give the same love back to others who need it brings healing full circle.

It's so much more than taking care of ourselves, it's also about taking that experience, that hardship, and using it to help others heal too."

Rose Mary Evans

"I have always wanted to give back to others what I've been given

so freely: sobriety.

I was able to support, guide, and share my experience, strength and hope in a lot of ways during my 27 years of continuous sobriety but never the opportunity to work in a recovery home - this has always been my dream. I'm feeling so blessed and thankful and can't wait to start this new journey, new beginnings, and new challenges. God is great."

Shianne Strickland

"I'm 23 years old. I live with my partner of almost 6 years and our beautiful 2 year old daughter. They’re both my world and bring a lot of happiness into my life.

I’ve always had a strong desire for helping others but my interest in this specific field of work stems from experiencing first hand the pain and heartache of substance abuse within a family.  

I know the Lennon Recovery House will change many lives in PEI and I am honoured to be apart of the team. I look forward to bringing a sensitivity and deep compassion to our staff team and hope for our Lennon House Residents to achieve full recovery."

Karly Regular

"For years It’s been my dream to work in an addictions/mental healthy facility, as the majority of my life I’ve watched a number of my loved ones struggle with the disease of addiction. I have also struggled with my mental health myself, but I am forever grateful to be able to use my knowledge to help, support and guide the residents of Lennon house.
I truly believe that everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy and sober life and I am so happy to be able to help islanders achieve that."

Ralph Josey

]"As a biker I was taught trust, loyalty and respect. As a bouncer I was taught to display patience while remaining firmly in control. As a banker I was taught logic, discernment and professionalism and now as a believer of Christ and HIS ongoing mission I am to able to lead others to the light of salvation using each of the aforementioned life skills I picked up along the way.

These sober character traits combined with the knowledge of Truth and the power of Love plus sacrificial Kindness will be the simple offerings that I firmly commit to service. At 65, Lennon Recovery House will fully complete my purpose driven life and it is here that I will finally learn to fly."

Trev Richards

"I truly believe with love, loyalty and respect that anything can be accomplished - I'm 41 years old and through these years I have witnessed miracles happen. I have an amazing wife, I'm a father of three children and two step children, and we all have been impacted by the disease of addiction. I believe that Lennon House will be the place to change lives, I am grateful to be a part of this place of love loyalty and respect, a place where miracles will happen."

Linda MacDonald

Linda has been in recovery for 11 years and was an active Board Member for the Lennon Recovery House Association for two years. She is a wellness practitioner utilizing modalities of Reiki, AromaTouch Therapy, Quantum Hypnosis Healing to name a few. She is trained as a Peer Support Worker. She is an artist and musician. Linda is honoured to be able to give back some of the many beautiful gifts she has received in recovery.

If you or someone you know is in crisis,

please call the Island Helpline at 1-800-218-2885. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from an overdose or medical emergency,

please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.

The Lennon Recovery House Association Inc.

2211 Church Road, Route 243

Rustico, PE

C0A 1N0

902 963 4029

lennonhousepei@gmail.com

Registered Charity Number:
700609092RC0001