Board Members & Officers

Susan Derry, President, Saskatoon, SK

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill

I continue to be amazed at the quality of ACCT members and impressed with the caliber of our volunteers. I am grateful and feel privileged to be part of a hard working, talented group of professionals ...

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Mike Stephan, Vice President, New Westminster, BC

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery." Fred Alan Wolf

I spent 20 years in the Canadian Forces Reserve as a Commissioned Officer in the Cadet Instructor Cadre. I filled a number of positions including Company Commander and Chief Instructor ...

 

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Robert Brooks, Director, Vancouver, BC

Robert Brooks"You are stronger than you think, and change is always possible."

I bring over twenty-five years of business experience to the counselling field and is committed to assisting men and women work through the unique challenges they face in the areas of career, relationships ...

 

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Julie Sweeney, Director, Frankfort, ON


“You hold the key to happiness. It is your choice to open the door.” 

I enjoy helping people become AWARE, gain INSIGHT and move into ACTION to create lasting CHANGE. I thoroughly enjoy one on one work and I work as a group facilitator for body image/self esteem/disordered eating ...

 

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Deborah Bowyer, Director, Bedford, NS

Debbie Bowyer"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life." - Proverbs 13:12

Over the years I've worked my way through many jobs, teaching myself whatever was necessary along the way. I stepped away from the marketplace for six years to serve as a primary care-giver for my aging mother-in-law and then father. After they both passed away, I was in the unique position to start a new career...

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Joanie Tara, Past President, Vancouver, BC

“Be the change you want to see.” – Ghandi

Joanie Tara was invited to the board of ACCT in March 2014.  "I very gladly accepted and am thrilled to be working with an energetic, highly motivated and value-based team of individuals."

I own my own private practice, where I work in ...

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Karleen Nevery, Finance, Vancouver, BC

Karleen Nevery

 “Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream” Oprah Winfrey

It is my honour to lead and serve our membership of high quality counsellors across Canada. My training and experience as a CPA, business owner and psychotherapist readily tied together when I connected with other committed counsellors in 2012 to help create ACCT...

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Sarah Hughes, Operations Manager and Secretary, Osoyoos, BC

After working with ACCT for a year as our Administrative/IT Assistant Sarah was promoted to the position of Operations Manager, Sarah took over the position of Secretary to the Board after the AGM in September 2015. 

Sarah has many years of experience in office administration, office management and executive assistance, most recently as Executive Assistant for Tourism Vancouver a not for profit, membership based organisation.   She made the decision earlier this year to quit the rat race and find a part-time tele-commuting position utilizing her familiarity in all areas of administration and her keen interest in information technology, providing her the perfect life-balance she was seeking.  

Sarah and her husband Len recently moved to the beautiful town of Osoyoos in the South Okanagan, they have two sons, a “soon to be” daughter-in-law and a 10 year old grandson, Owen, who is the light of their lives!

Her other interests include curling, learning golf and many forms of arts and crafts.

Sarah is a great addition to the ACCT family and is very happy to be working with all of us.

 

Shannon Watson, Administrative Assistant, Vancouver, BC

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

It is my hope that I can combine my over 15 years of administrative and project management experience with the fact that I am also a registered counsellor with ACCT in order to serve the ACCT community and welcome new members to the association. 

As a counsellor, my primary areas of special interest are grief, trauma and spiritual issues and my dream is to work alongside First Nations peoples.

In my personal life, I enjoy photography – mostly flowers and landscapes – and doing creative things like card and jewelry making.  I am originally from the Kootenay region of interior BC and its influence means that I love being in nature –especially by the water. I love to travel although I haven’t done it for a while. Mostly, I love being with the people close to me.