Board of Directors

Meet the members of Board of Directors

alcohol recovery and treatment centre surrey Phoenix drug and alcohol recovery and education society | Board of Directors | Pat Frewer

Pat Frewer

Board President 

After practicing law for five years, Pat shifted his career to focus on real estate, financing and development. He established Seniorhome and his development consultancy to the retirement and care homes sector more than 25 years ago. His clients and projects have covered the full range of funded and private-pay service programs, as well as ones for for-profit and non-profit operators, ultimately specializing in the seniors’ retirement and care facility sector. He has served on several non-profit boards over the years. Pat studied Commerce and Law at the University of Alberta. Pat has been part of the Phoenix Board since 2004.

alcohol recovery and treatment centre surrey Phoenix drug and alcohol recovery and education society | Board of Directors | David Longpre

David Longpre

Board Vice President 

As Principal of DALON Urban Realty Advisors, David has accumulated more than 28 years of experience in commercial real estate and land development since graduating from UBC in 1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Urban Land Economics. David has spent nearly all the ensuing years to date in Commercial Real Estate, Project Management, and Land Development and has had past professional roles as a Mortgage Broker, Real Estate Managing Broker, Director and President of a publicly traded Company. He commits boundless energy to all projects and takes satisfaction in seeing final products where the benefits flow to both the project investors and to the public. When not at work David is an avid runner and road bike enthusiast who loves to spend time with his wife and two teenage children in South Delta. David has been a board member since 2010.

alcohol recovery and treatment centre surrey Phoenix drug and alcohol recovery and education society | Board of Directors | Jag Gill

Jag Gill

Board Member

As Regional Manager, Community Business & Investment for Van City Savings Credit Union, Jag has learned how a financial institution can create positive impact in our communities. With more than 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry, his skills support the Phoenix Society where he has been a board member since 2016. In addition to being passionate about building engaged teams, Jag wants to discover how he can be a better global citizen. Having seen first-hand, the destruction that an addiction can cause, he is eager to have his life experiences contribute to the board. Jag resides in Coquitlam with his wife and two children and enjoys the outdoors.

alcohol recovery and treatment centre surrey Phoenix drug and alcohol recovery and education society | Board of Directors | Darren Fairbrother

Darren Fairbrother

Board Treasurer

The values of fairness and family have influenced Darren’s career path. Since 1997 Darren has worked in co-operative and sustainable banking. In Darren’s current position at Prospera, he uses a balanced approach: seeing the big picture and communicating it clearly combined with initiating and navigating the details to meet and exceed the outcomes. As the VP of Risk Darren is accountable for ensuring Prospera has effective risk management practices, controls, and management oversight that strikes an appropriate balance between value creation and value preservation of member and organizational benefits. Prior to his current role, Darren worked in a number of different risk and finance roles encompassing asset liability management, budget development and performance reporting, retail pricing, regulatory compliance, economic capital modeling, corporate insurance, and special projects. Darren is known for providing leadership and expertise in a variety of risk and financial topics, while delivering mentorship and coaching activities that drive employee engagement. People and flexibility are Darren’s cornerstones for success. Darren joined the Phoenix Board in 2016.

alcohol recovery and treatment centre surrey Phoenix drug and alcohol recovery and education society | Board of Directors | Elain Duval

Elain Duvall

Board Member

Elain brought her passion for improving communities to her career as a developer of non-profit and co-operative housing. She worked at Columbia Housing Advisory, a developer of non-profit co-operative housing for 10 years, the last few years as executive director. After a several years working in the public sector in the City of Vancouver’s Housing Centre, she became a development manager for Progressive Homes Ltd, which specialized in developing and building non-profit housing. During this period, Elain also co-authored a report, after extensive consultations throughout BC, for the Province of British Columbia, which included recommendations for solving the affordable housing problems of the time. She became aware of the valuable work the Phoenix Society does when she acted as a development consultant for the Phoenix Centre. Her extensive governance experience includes serving 10 years on the Board of Vancity, three of which she acted as Chair of the Board. She served as a Governor of the Real Estate Foundation for nine years, as well as on the board of directors for PavCo, a crown corporation. Elain joined the Phoenix Board in 2016.

Miranda Compton

Board Member

Miranda has been working within the public and community health sectors for over 25 years.  She currently holds the position of Executive Director, Prevention at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).  Within this role, Miranda leads a number of initiatives, including VCH’s Regional Substance Use and Addiction Program, the response to the overdose crisis and services for persons living with HIV.  Most recently, she has paid a key leadership role in the COVID 19 response for vulnerable populations.  In 2018, Miranda was seconded to the British Columbia Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to establish the Overdose Emergency Response Centre.  As a leader of people, programs and change processes, she has a passion addressing health inequities across the system of care, and for leading programs that support health and well-being.  Miranda has a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia. Miranda joined the Phoenix Board in 2019.

Diane Henry

Board Member

Diane Henry has worked with people with developmental delays for more than 40 years. For the last 20, she has also worked with those struggling with mental health and substance misuse. Prior to moving to B.C. in 1997, Diane ran an emergency crisis centre in New Brunswick. After moving to British Columbia, she began working for Home Society, an organization that provides homes shared with families and caregivers. She moved through the ranks, ultimately becoming the organization’s Director of Supported Family Care/Homeshare. Since arriving in British Columbia, Diane has worked on a variety of other boards, including serving more than a decade with the Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society, an organization that supports youth struggling with problematic substance use. Diane has also served on the board of Abbotsford-based Positive Living Fraser Valley (PLFV). When Phoenix Society merged with PLFV in April of 2020, she joined Phoenix’s Board of Directors. Diane and her husband, who together have five children, share their home with two individuals that live with developmental delays. They are dedicated to the work they do and Diane says her biggest passion is helping folks that suffer with substance use.

Raymond Covenant

Board Member

Growing up in Surrey, Raymond experienced first hand some of the challenges that still affect people to this day. Volunteering with, and serving on the Board of Directors for, the Surrey Community Crime Prevention Society provided an early opportunity for him to influence and effect the kind of changes that he felt might improve the lives of others. After moving to Burnaby in 1990 to attend BCIT, Raymond continued his involvement with various organizations that provided assistance to those in need, all the while enjoying personal and professional success in the Information Technology field across Canada and the USA. In 2008, Raymond’s career was unexpectedly hindered by a series of misfortunes that culminated in a diagnosis of AIDS. After moving back to Burnaby for the proximity to superior health care and greater support options, Raymond ultimately settled closer to family in Abbotsford, where he continues to reside. In his new home town he has volunteered with the Abbotsford Police Department, worked for the Fraser Valley Youth Society, provided services for Abbotsford Community Services (now Archway), and became a member of Positive Living Fraser Valley. He joined the PLFV Board of Directors shortly after that and served as Chairperson until the merger with Phoenix Society in the Spring of 2020. Newly elected to the Phoenix Board, Raymond is more optimistic than ever about his continued involvement in support of others who have experienced, or are experiencing hardship, and is eager to lend his voice and experience to help guide the direction of Phoenix.

Ondine Snowdon

Board Member

Ondine was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005. Her practice is strongly focused on criminal defense. Ondine had her own criminal law practice until 2006 when she joined Conroy and Company. She continued to focus on criminal law including appeal work and expanded her practice to include other areas of law, including prison law and associated administrative law areas. She also takes on civil cases with a particular focus on cases where police or other state actors have mistreated her clients. She became a partner at Grace, Snowdon and Terepocki in 2014. Ondine has a proven interest in social justice and law reform and has long standing relationships with several non-profit organizations which focus on law reform and access to justice including Pivot Legal Society. She sits as a director on the Boards of West Coast Prison Justice Society and Positive Living Fraser Valley. She has experience at all levels of the British Columbia Courts and has successfully represented clients charged with offences ranging from minor regulatory offences to the most serious Criminal Code Offences including murder. She has extensive experience with defending drug charges, gun charges, violent and property offences as well as white collar criminal offences. Ondine lives with her husband in Abbotsford. She enjoys swimming, travel, reading good (and not so good) fiction and being outside enjoying our beautiful province.

Nancy Gordon

Board Secretary

Nancy has been working in the Medical Technology Industry for over 25 years.  In her most recent role, Nancy leads a team of sales professionals and product engineers as the Country Manager for Optos Canada Inc.  Nancy’s management experience and leadership skills enable her to provide valuable knowledge in negotiating, marketing and human resources with a strong focus on execution.  Nancy is passionate about community service and for many years served on the Board of Little House Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Society in South Delta.  In May 2021, Little House merged with Phoenix Society.  Nancy wanted to ensure the continuity of their programming and education would continue to serve the community well, so when asked, was thrilled to join the Phoenix Board of Directors where she is currently acting as Board Secretary to the Chairman.  In other acts of service, Nancy is a Group Chairperson and the BC Regional Representative for NarAnon.  Nancy is passionate about helping those touched by addiction.  She is a long-time resident of South Delta and enjoys travel, nature and spending time with her husband and two grown children.

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