The experience of our staff and their development is vitally important to the program:

  • Each of our staff has had personal experience with addiction, followed by extensive sobriety and clean time, which enables them to empathize with the residents.

  • They have had formal education and training, which enables them to assist the residents in understanding substance abuse behaviour and its consequences.

  • Our senior clinical staff members are Certified Drug and Alcohol Counsellors.

Miranda Vecchio
Executive Director

Miranda became the Executive Director in January of 2015. Prior to that, she did some contract fundraising for Charlford House after several years of volunteering on the Board of Directors and sitting on a number of committees.

Prior to her new role, Miranda was the Executive Assistant of a local business organization for over 12 years and before that, was self-employed for over a decade.

Kaela McCann
Program Director / Lead Counsellor

Kaela was a member of the Alumnae Volunteer team for a number of years and was hired on as part time staff when an opportunity presented itself.  Kaela has over a decade of experience working with women and /or children affected by harm reduction and /or abuse issues.

Kaela has completed her courses at Vancouver Community College where she worked toward her Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate.  She is  certified by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). She is also an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC).

Stacie Yarrow
Case Worker / Counsellor

Stacie was a member of the Alumnae Volunteer for several years. She worked at another local treatment centre helping local women with substance abuse for the past few years. Stacie has a passion to help women recover from addiction and has over 8 years experience working with women who suffer from addiction in all areas.

Stacie has taken several courses over the past 5 years, including Addictions Counselling courses, Core Addiction Practice, Trauma Informed practice and Overdose Awareness. Stacie is also certified to train others in overdose awareness.

Leslie Martens
Residential Counsellor

Leslie comes to us from Vancouver Island where she went through a treatment Centre six years ago. She has volunteered at such places as Edgewood Treatment Centre, Island Crisis Care Society and Vancouver Island Crisis Society to name a few. Leslie obtained a Diploma in Psychology and Counselling in 2017 and is working toward obtaining her (ICADC) International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor designation. Leslie brings life experience and a commitment to help those trapped in addiction.

Vivian Gietz
Administrative Assistant

Vivian is originally from Brooks, Alberta and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, minor in Gender and Woman’s Studies, from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. She was the Executive Assistant to the COO and Administrative Assistant at a bilateral research funding organization prior to joining Charlford House Society for Women. Vivian brings administrative skills and passion for pursuing areas related to feminism and mental health through her writing, work, and everyday life.