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 22 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 28 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.

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.

Olivia Inman

Peer Support Worker, Living in Balance Facilitation & Bookkeeping

Olivia has been passionate about mental health services and addictions on Prince Edward Island for many years, and is a strong advocate for resources and tools for struggling Islanders. 

Olivia is currently in the last year of her Psychology degree at UPEI. 

Olivia is thrilled to see a new mental health and addictions support and hopes her experiences, as well as her education, can be put to good use. 

Olivia can be reached at bookkeeper@lennonhouse.ca. 

Jennifer Wood

Peer Support Worker

Jennifer has been working in the mental health and addictiosn field since graduating from the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Program in 2018. 

She has overcome her own mental health issues and continue 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

Peer Support Worker

Jolaine says she is "beyond thrilled" to be a 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 on PEI, it has been a dream of hers to give back what she says

"was so freely given to me". 

Jolaine has been in recovery for seven years and looks forward to "listening, encouraging, and supporting these beautiful people that we've been blessed with so far, and all those to come. My heart feels so grateful that we have this amazing, loving home for our islanders struggling with addictions and mental health. Love is all they need."

Shianne Strickland

Peer Support Worker

Shianne is 23 years old and lives with her partner of six years, and her beautiful two year old daughter. 

"I'm always had a strong desire for helping others but my interest in this specific field stems from experiencing first-hand the pain and heartache of substance abuse within the family. I know Lennon House will change many lives on PEI and I am honored to be a part of this team. I look forward to bringing a sensitivity and deep compassion to our staff team and hope for Lennon House residents to achieve full recovery."

Ralph Josey

Peer Support Worker

"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. 

Now as a believer of Christ and HIS ongoing mission, I am 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."

Karly Regular

Peer Support Worker

"For years it has been my dream to work in an addictions and mental health facility, as the majority of my life I've watched a number of my loved ones battle with addiction. I've also struggled with mental health myself, but I am forever grateful to be able to use my knowledge to help, support, and guide the residents at Lennon House. I truly believe that everyone deserves to life a happy, healthy, sober life and I am so happy to be able to help Islanders achieve that."

Linda MacDonald

Peer Support Staff

Linda has been in recovery for 11 years and was an active Board member at Lennon Recovery House for two years. She is a wellness practitioner utilizing modalities of Reiki, AromaTouch Therapy, and Quantum Hypnosis Healing to name a few. She is an artist and musician. Linda is honored to give back some of the beautiful and many gifts she has received in recovery. 

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."  

Charles Sanderson

Living in Balance/Yoga

Charles will be sharing yoga practice with residents as well as facilitating Living in Balance sessions. He is keen to help empower and support the recovery process through yoga practices and reflection.

Charles began practicing yoga in 2010, and from 2015 - 2019, he lived part time in India training at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. In 2018, he certified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. He currently teaches and manages his studio Yoga Grove in a renovated heritage barn in Warren Grove, and is now a member of the Lennon House team!!

Erin Henry

Red Seal Chef

We are so lucky to add such a kind, sweet, talented Red Seal Chef to our team at Lennon House. She is amazing (and makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies!)

Erin's personalized bio is soon to come!

OUR

BOARD of Directors

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.

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