Executive Team

Nirmala Ranga

Founder

Dr. Lawrence Klein

Medical Director

Jully Buckley

Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Gordon Grant

Clinical Supervisor

Lee Bougie

Manager

Jeff Thompson

Clinical Consultant

Clinical & Medical Team

Dr. Lawrence Klein Medical Director
Jeff Thompson, M.Ed, RCC, TEP, CCC-S Clinical Consultant

Jeff Thompson, our former Coordinator of Clinical Services at Paradise Valley Healing Center is continuing to supervise our clinical team. Jeff brings over 24 years of experience as a therapist in the treatment of addiction and wellness programming. After extensive training and experience, Jeff became a certified Teacher, Educator and Practitioner of psychodrama and group psychotherapy with the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy.

Jully Buckley Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Jully Buckley is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who loves to be a part of a team that offers loving support to all guests at the Paradise Valley Healing Center. She finds that the integrated approach to mental health and addiction treatment present at the Center aligns with her own personal values. This way of working resonates with her beliefs and professional practice. Jully is currently the Mental Health and Addictions Case Coordinator Nurse for Vancouver Coastal Health –Squamish Mental Health and Addictions where she assists patients from a broad range of vulnerable populations. She has extensive experience in meeting the needs of clients in a recovery process such as intake, assessment, individual counselling, education, and extended community support. Jully understands the importance of providing integration and continuity across the care continuum. In addition to these responsibilities, Jully is also an active community member who volunteers regularly for local organizations such as the Howe Sound Women’s Center and the Squamish Housing Options Committee.

Nirmala Ranga Founder & Director
  1. Nirmala believes “Life is precious and priceless! We all deserve to live in the present and experience joy and healthy relationships.” With this in mind, she founded Paradise Valley Healing Center (formerly Paradise Valley Wellness Centre) which is offering cutting edge high quality assessment and therapeutic services for individuals and families impacted by destructive compelling behaviours.

With over twenty three years experience as an addiction specialist in programming, protocol and management, her vision is to strive for balance and integration of body, mind and spirit required for healing and wellness. For Nirmala, work is more than just a career. It’s a calling. By combining her business acumen with her inherent sense of compassion she has enabled hundreds of people with addiction and emotional issues to regain control of their lives.

She was a nominee for YWCA women of distinction awards in the business and professions category in 2008 and she was also nominated for 2008 Celebration of Business Excellence Award in the business category. She is a Chopra Center instructor certified in Primordial Sound Meditation and is passionate about sharing timeless wisdom tools for mind-body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing.

Dr. Kathryn Wynn Psychiatrist

Dr. Kathryn Wynn is general adult psychiatrist who provides psychiatric assessment, treatment recommendations, and dialogue around mental health and substance use conditions at the Paradise Valley Healing Center. She completed medical school and psychiatry residency program at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and she lived and worked in the sea to sky corridor since 2013. She considers it a privilege of working with guests at the Center and appreciates the serene, welcoming therapeutic environment fostered both by the wonderful staff and the magnificence of the grounds in Paradise Valley. Her clinical approach is client-centered and firmly rooted in a biopsychosocial and developmental approach to assessing and understanding mental health conditions.

Gordon Grant Clinical Supervisor and Therapist

Gordon Grant brings a very calming, kind, and compassionate approach to his inter modal practice as an Expressive Arts and Primary Therapist at the Paradise Valley Healing Center. He is currently our clinical supervisor and a primary therapist, facilitating group therapy and individual therapy sessions. He knows the healing benefits of Therapy and uses a multi-modal approach including art and narrative therapy, somatic awareness, Visualization and some EMDR and CBT. This comes from a profoundly personal place. Having faced many life challenges, including bereavement because of the death of two close family members, Gordon found therapy as a way of recovering from the events that deeply impacted his own mental health. He is a curious artist who works in multi-media involving visual art, music, found sound, story and poetry. He holds an Expressive Arts Therapy certification from Langara College and a Master of Science from the University of Manitoba. He collaborates in the Expressive Arts Therapy at the Center with his life partner, Aleeta Grant. He has worked with a wide range of populations in addressing addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety, and dementia.

Therapist Team

Aleeta Grant Expressive Art Therapist, Yoga instructor

Aleeta is a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist with a background in education, somatic meditation, yoga, trauma therapy and wilderness therapy. She has worked as a classroom and resource teacher both in Montreal and Vancouver since 1996.She has helped special needs students with both academic and counselling support. She received her Master’s in Educational Practice from Simon Fraser University in 2010.

Aleeta is also a certified international Chopra Yoga Instructor, and she teaches the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga curriculum. She is also a lifelong Meditator and meditation teacher. With a certificate in Fine Arts Techniques from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Aleeta supports the recovery process by harnessing art’s transformational ability to heal and restore. She supports guests to explore their inner world through imagination and creativity and building health, healing and wholeness in their lives.

 

Anne Languedoc Registered Therapeutic Counsellor & Expressive Art Therapist

Anne is a primary therapist at the Center. She is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. Her MSc. research and studies focus on the Neuroscience and Psychology of Mental Health. She has practiced in the field of addictions since 2019 and she also understands the experience of assisting family members through the recovery process.

Anne focuses on creating a sense of safety, compassion and connection that helps guests feel deeply seen and heard. She believes that creativity heals the soul. Anne’s empathetic approach supports a new kind of learning that helps guests remember their authentic selves.

The healing power of creativity is born in attention. Anne’s gentle guidance encourages personal transformation that is grounded in the guests’ own strengths and resilience. She does so by shifting the focus away from the narratives that no longer serve us and into more empowering personal imagery and metaphor.

Anne collaborates with the guests to establish manageable goals in the change process. Learning to trust ourselves and others allows new patterns to emerge.  

Heather McCrae Certified Expressive Arts Therapist

Heather is an Expressive Arts Therapist and an award-winning television director and writer. She uses play, imagination and storytelling to support guests as they delve into inner worlds reuniting and recovering lost selves. Where addiction, trauma,and painful memories can make us feel barricaded from attaining a longed-for connection to self, Heather believes wholeheartedly that through poetry, visual arts, and movement (just to name a few), we can rekindle that personal relationship with ourselves in long lasting and profound ways. She providesa trauma informed environment where guests can trust they have choice to find the comfort and safety needed to freely explore (via these many artistic modalities) various themes including self-esteem issues, anxiety, traumas, PTSD, self-regulation, and stress.

For Heather success is that empowering moment when someone’s work, individually or as witnessed in group, sparks for them a delight in deeply knowing that inner-wisdom and the capacity to heal is entirely possible through this reunion with self.

Larissa Parker Expressive Arts Therapist & Yoga Teacher

Larissa is a holistic Expressive Arts Therapist who brings a background in complex trauma, substance use and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy to her compassionate, person-centred practice.

She believes the intermodal use of the creative arts, imagination, intuition, somatic awareness and spiritual practise provide opportunities to heal, resulting in transformational self-resourcefulness. Larissa has also completed 300 hours of yoga teacher training with the Shamanic Yoga Institute, and has supported at-risk youth as an Alternative School educator for over 25 years.

 

Carolyn Green Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Carolyn Green’s approach to energy healing is grounded in her study of Indigenous and Eastern spiritual practices. Carolyn is a Reiki Master and she has over 15 years of experience as a wellness practitioner. Her passion is to empower and nurture others by reconnecting to nature and universal energies. Her personal experience with trauma informed healing work resulted in a big shift in her life’s direction. Now, her skills are aligned with her passions and beliefs. This aspect of her practice helps her surrender to the flow of life. It is very important to her to be attuned with the changing seasons as this fosters daily awareness in present moment. Carolyn offers meditation and Ayurveda sessions at the Paradise Valley Healing Center. She also has experience working with palliative care patients through Sea to Sky Hospice Society in Squamish and the Lions Gate Hospital Bereavement Program.

Shealagh King Resilience Coach

Shealagh is a Certified Body-Centered Coach with 10 years of body-centered psychotherapy training through Vancouver Hakomi. Shealagh is also a certified yoga & meditation instructor who is currently in the qi gong instructor certification process.

Shealagh joined the Center team in 2011 because of the integrative, pioneering approach to addiction / trauma treatment & the caring, respectful way the program was being delivered. 

Shealagh’s decades of front line experience in youth, mental health & addiction services bring safety & stability to the weekend continuing care planning that support each guests exit strategy.  Shealagh sessions are a space to build inner & outer supports for the ongoing success of our guests continuing care plan. Through embodied practice, guests develop self-coaching tools to sturdy themselves as they transition back to daily life with their solid new strategic plan in place. 

At home, Shealagh rides a 7 speed cruiser by the name of Black Betty when she’s not knee deep in garden soil. 

Tara Alain Mindfulness and Group Facilitator

As a Wellness Staff and Group Facilitator, Tara leverages her extensive experience as an Energy Healer to foster an environment that encourages the integration of mind, body and spirit.

Tara has always had a deep fascination with meta-physics, and the nature of reality.  Her degree in Anthropology and Philosophy helped her explore some of the theory but it wasn’t until a trip to Peru in 2005 that she really opened up to deeper insight and awareness.  Since experiencing what is possible she has been committed to healing through meditation and to embody the teachings more deeply.  Having found such support with meditation she wanted to help others and has since completed a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, as well as being certified in Eco-psychology; a nature-based approach to healing.

And it is with this commitment to wellness, for all of life, that you can find Tara supporting guests, teaching Mindfulness, facilitating groups, and guiding others to connect with themselves and nature through deeper presence. 

Acupuncture

Tina Taylor Acupuncturist

Tina Taylor provides Acupuncture sessions to the guests at the Centre. She is a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has an Associate Degree in Arts-Psychology, and has completed Fine Arts Techniques at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Tina practices listening to her body’s needs by honouring it with yoga, swimming, gym workouts, and hiking, together with a balanced nutritious diet supplemented with healing herbs. To honour her mind, she meditates, sets daily intentions, acknowledges her emotions, thinks positive affirmations, self-reflects, reads, as well as studies art, Eastern medicine, and philosophy.

She honours her adventurous spirit with motorcycle trips in many countries, diving in our oceans, snowboarding on our majestic mountains, and dancing with music and fire. Her soul is soothed with plenty of laughter and the cultivation of loving and harmonious relationships with her children, grandchild, family, friends, co-workers, and furry companions.

Holistic Nutrition Team

Jessi McLennan Natural Nutrition Practitioner

Jessi McLennan’s presence radiates joyfulness and laughter through her lovely sense of humour. Originally from Australia, she is a Natural Nutrition Clinical Medicine Practitioner who offers nutrition workshops and individualized programs to Paradise Valley Healing Center guests. She facilitates diet and lifestyle modifications that lead to optimal health. She is passionate about a holistic mind-body approach to nutrition that places the focus on the overall well-being of the person rather than on restrictive, weight focused diets. She conveys to guests her strong belief that food should be celebrated because it is an ancient practice of togetherness. Jessi delights in creating and experiencing food collaboratively with guests while introducing them to new food ideas and selections. Some of her all-time favourite recipes include tasty lemon pudding, made with avocados and dates, and raw chocolate brownies.

Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation

Elizabeth Marleau Yoga Therapist, Yoga and Meditation Coordinator

Elizabeth Marleau is a trained Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her love for holistic sciences have guided her toward working  with people who need support. She is the Yoga & Meditation (Holistic) Coordinator at the Center, in addition, Elizabeth teaches yoga and meditation, facilitates one-on-one yoga therapy sessions and offers her time as support staff.

Elizabeth is a true humanitarian who believes that everyone deserves to live a full, healthy, and embodied life. She brings over 20 years of experience in the Health and Wellness sector as a Holistic Practitioner.  She genuinely  loves  working with the extended family like minded people she has found at the Center.  Elizabeth maintains balance in her life through meditation, healthy eating and meaningful social connections. She loves spending time in nature, especially on the water,  and tries to keep a good sense of humour in all the experiences that life brings her.

Aisha Daryanani
Angie Howden-Duke Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Angie is a RYT500 Yoga Teacher with a specialty in Trauma informed yoga, a certified Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner (Tapping) and a Stress Management Coach. Angie is currently enrolled in a Yoga Therapy Program.

Angie has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 16 years; the last 6 as a Yoga Teacher. After starting her yoga teacher training journey, Angie started to heal from her own postpartum depression through deep understanding of the 8 limbs of yoga, yoga philosophy, trauma informed yoga and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Angie has been uncovering her authentic self to bring her peace and joy. Yoga is the path to self-realization; getting to know ourselves and understanding who we are so we can access our inner physician to bring us peace and joy.

Angie’s passion is to help end suffering and assist people to realize they are already whole. Outside of working with clients, Angie loves completing puzzles, sewing; playing board games and enjoying the great outdoors with her 2 children and husband.

Carolyn Green Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Carolyn Green’s approach to energy healing is grounded in her study of Indigenous and Eastern spiritual practices. Carolyn is a Reiki Master and she has over 15 years of experience as a wellness practitioner. Her passion is to empower and nurture others by reconnecting to nature and universal energies. Her personal experience with trauma informed healing work resulted in a big shift in her life’s direction. Now, her skills are aligned with her passions and beliefs. This aspect of her practice helps her surrender to the flow of life. It is very important to her to be attuned with the changing seasons as this fosters daily awareness in present moment. Carolyn offers meditation and Ayurveda sessions at the Paradise Valley Healing Center. She also has experience working with palliative care patients through Sea to Sky Hospice Society in Squamish and the Lions Gate Hospital Bereavement Program.

Lex Capello Yoga & Meditation
Melanie Koenderman Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Melanie is a university dean who brings yoga, meditation, and reflective practices to her work with guests at the Center.  Her yoga teacher training includes hatha and yin, as well as trauma-informed teaching.

She has been leading yoga classes and mindfulness and meditation groups on university campuses for over a decade, and is motivated by seeing the impact of these practices. As a CrossFit trainer she is experienced in working with people at all levels and stages of their health and fitness journey, and she brings this awareness and approach to modifying movements to meet guests’ differing needs and objectives.

With over twenty-five years of working in education, she still gets excited about creating opportunities for people to grow, and to find joy, energy, and purpose at all stages of their lives, so is thrilled to be a part of the Center team.

Nicki McKeon Yoga and Meditation Facilitator
Nicki facilitates yoga and meditation at the Center a number of times each week. Her modalities include vinyasa, yin and restorative sequencing. Nicki weaves in Ayurvedic principles into her classes, understanding her students and the seasons, and moulding her classes to suit the changing needs of the individuals each time they come to their mats.
Sarah Spence Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Sarah is originally from Australia and has been living in the Sea to Sky Corridor for the past 7 years. Sarah is a Yoga and Meditation teacher at the Center, and has been with us for a year now. 

She has trained to teach Hatha, Restorative and Yin yoga practices, which incorporates breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. She completed her studies in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sarah loves to share with other people a gentle and mindful yoga practice that nourishes the mind and body, and allows you to breathe freely and be present.

She believes in a holistic and balanced approach to health and well-being. Taking care of your body and mind, in a way that is sustainable and personalised for you, and that makes you feel alive, mobile and free. She hopes that her teachings can help bring positive light, self-awareness, connection with the body and, most of all, learning to be kind to oneself.  

Roxanne Le-Goff Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Roxanne completed CYT- 200 HR Vinyasa training in Costa Rica where she first fell in love with the idea of pairing her passion for working in nature with her love of yoga as a way of supporting healing and cultivating joy. She’s a trauma informed yoga teacher, having obtained a Yoga Outreach Core Training Certification and will have completed a 300 HR Foundations of Yoga Therapy program as of June, 2022 to begin offering therapeutic yoga sessions. She’s currently registered in a C-IAYT training program and on her way to becoming a registered Yoga Therapist.

Roxanne is trained in energetic assessments, working with the elements, breathwork, meditation, and providing offerings for developing functional patterning of movement for a balanced mind, body, and spirit. She spends most of her spare time by the water or on the mountain.

Tanya Dutton Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

After developing her own yoga practice and experiencing the transformative and healing impact that yoga had on her life, Tanya was inspired to bring this experience to others. Completing her teacher training in 2008, Tanya has developed a style that gently guides students through a practice, inviting guests to listen deeply to the body and cultivate a connection with the breath.

Tanya believes yoga should be accessible for all and is committed to offering an experience that provide opportunity for both healing and depth. Citing the forest as her greatest and most consistent teacher, when she’s not on her mat, Tanya can be found immersing herself in the nature and mountains of the surrounding Sea to Sky region.

Carmen Davila Yoga and Meditation, Wellness Staff

Carmen is born and raised in Guatemala City. She is a wife, mother, adventurer at heart and passionate teacher. She found her path in yoga in 2006, and later got certified as a teacher with 500 hours training in Hatha and Kriya Yoga and a second training in 500 hour Teacher of Teachers certification. She has studied Mindful Meditation, the power of positive thinking and the levels of consciousness.

She has taught classes in a relaxed and joyful manner so guests can learn techniques to bring yoga off the mat and incorporate it to their everyday activities. Being conscious of their own thoughts and as present as possible. She has been able to get the tools to manifest the life she wants to live, which led her to Squamish, BC and connected her path to the Center where she is sharing her knowledge and supporting guests on their healing journey. She believes that by positively empowering others we can make a difference in this world.

Claudia Healey Yoga and Meditation Facilitator

Guest Care Team

Elizabeth Marleau Yoga and Meditation Coordinator, Yoga Therapist

Elizabeth Marleau is a trained Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Jivamukti Yoga Teacher.  Her love for holistic sciences have guided her toward working  with people who need support. She is the Yoga & Meditation (Holistic) Coordinator at the Center, in addition, Elizabeth teaches yoga and meditation, facilitates one-on-one yoga therapy sessions and offers her time as support staff.

Elizabeth is a true humanitarian who believes that everyone deserves to live a full, healthy, and embodied life. She brings over 20 years of experience in the Health and Wellness sector as a Holistic Practitioner.  She genuinely  loves  working with the extended family like minded people she has found at the Center.  Elizabeth maintains balance in her life through meditation, healthy eating and meaningful social connections. She loves spending time in nature, especially on the water,  and tries to keep a good sense of humour in all the experiences that life brings her.

Jeri Connell Overnight Wellness Staff Coordinator

Jeri has been at the Center since June of 2017. She is member of the Guest Care Team and she is also the Overnight Wellness Staff Supervisor. She ensures Center guests get the quality of care they deserve, no matter the hour.

Working at the Center enriches her life in more ways than she ever thought possible. The Center has taught her so much about taking care of herself, from setting boundaries to proper nutrition and everything in between. She truly believes in the work done at the Center and she is so grateful for every new experience here. She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. Within months, she made the move to the beautiful West Coast and she has been striving to learn and grow since her arrival.

Through years of personal struggle, she has gained valuable experience about the importance of physical and mental well-being. She knows first-hand the power of routine, self-discipline, and self-care. She always knew she wanted to help people, and being able to fulfill that through her work is incredibly rewarding.

Paul Beech Wellness Staff

Paul Beech likes to contribute to the wellness of guests at the Paradise Valley Healing Center by being a calm and compassionate listener. While serving in the capacity of Wellness Staff, Paul offers an easy going and steady demeanour that brings a comforting presence for the guests at the Center. Paul is truly honoured to help guests through their day to day challenges and accomplishments.

He finds that balance is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining connection to family and friends as well as staying physically active helps keep him grounded and happy. He also believes that humour has the power to change any situation and it may even lead to a more positive outcome. Paul has a background in Human Resources and he has over 20 years of experience in customer service within the tourism sector. He is a skilled communicator.

Tarlok Binning Wellness Staff

Tarlok Binning begins his morning routine with a spiritual practice of daily prayer. This practice informs the choices he makes during the rest of the day and it makes him a considerate and thoughtful person in all of his interactions. Tarlok’s role at the Paradise Valley Healing Center is to provide transportation and maintenance services. In addition, he also helps guests in the role of Wellness Staff. He is very involved in listening to the guests, their needs, and helping in any way that he can. Tarlok really cares about the quality of their stay and he wants to make it as comfortable as possible for the guests. He leads by example, living a balanced life which includes daily exercise, walking and healthy eating.

Corey Campanella Wellness Staff

Corey graduated from Vancouver Career College with a diploma in Social Worker Professional.  Prior to joining the Guest Care Team at Paradise Valley Healing Center, he did his practicum at The Launching Pad- a mens rehabilitation house.  Following the completion of his practicum he was hired and worked for 3 months.

Corey made a decision to move back to Squamish in December 2021 to start his journey at the Center. He feels that the Center is a perfect fit. His compassion for those who are struggling allows him to support individuals heal and find peace while staying at the Center.

Anne Chodakowski Wellness Staff

Anne is currently completing her M.A. to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She brings her passion for learning and personal growth to her work at the Center, where she is a Wellness Staff. Anne loves connecting with guests to help them access personal and collective tools for self-understanding and healing.

Anne has been an educator for over 25 years. While completing her B.A. and M.A. in English literature, she became interested in the ways in which humans make meaning through story. While completing her B.Ed. and Ph.D. in education, Anne focused on how students’ and teachers’ imaginations can be used to make learning both more emotionally rewarding and effective. Her most recent academic work has explored the use of metaphor, imagery, movement and play in K-12 and post-secondary curricula. Anne’s decades-long interest in story and imagination fuels her desire to learn more about and support the human capacity for self-transformation.

She recharges by reading, doing yoga, hiking, taking baths, running, spending time with her family and friends, and by being in nature.

Paula Lazzuri Wellness Staff and Alumni Support

Paula has been working at the Center for the past 2 years and she is currently finishing her Masters in Counselling Psychology.  She finds therapy modalities like Psychodrama, internal family systems, somatic experience, art therapy and dance movement expression allow guests to go deeper in their healing journey.

At the Center she provide support to guests through compassionate communication, providing support in group therapy, facilitating afternoon discussion groups and virtual Alumni groups. She likes to hear about guests’ stories and help them to practice the skills they learn at the Center and with their continuing care.

She likes to live a life with lightness that involves mountain biking, hiking, cooking, reading and spending time with friends outside. Balance is where her happiness and thriving place lies.

 

Peter Pallota Wellness Staff

Peter is currently studying for Masters in Clinical Counselling, and he serves as Wellness Staff at the Paradise Valley Healing Center.

He feels privileged to be able to contribute to the work here, especially since his own journey has been richly informed by the wisdom and healing traditions from both East and West. He deeply values the Centers multi-faceted approach to wellness, and he is grateful to be able to witness the efficacy of that approach in the lives of our many guests.

Tara Alain Wellness Staff and Group Facilitator

As a Wellness Staff and Group Facilitator, Tara leverages her extensive experience as an Energy Healer to foster an environment that encourages the integration of mind, body and spirit.

Tara has always had a deep fascination with meta-physics, and the nature of reality.  Her degree in Anthropology and Philosophy helped her explore some of the theory but it wasn’t until a trip to Peru in 2005 that she really opened up to deeper insight and awareness.  Since experiencing what is possible she has been committed to healing through meditation and to embody the teachings more deeply.  Having found such support with meditation she wanted to help others and has since completed a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, as well as being certified in Eco-psychology; a nature-based approach to healing.

And it is with this commitment to wellness, for all of life, that you can find Tara supporting guests, teaching Mindfulness, facilitating groups, and guiding others to connect with themselves and nature through deeper presence. 

Kitchen

Kali Saltibus Kitchen Manager

Kali Saltibus feeds the soul and fills the heart with love through his delicious food creations. His education in Contemporary Dance gives him the profound understanding that the body requires care and nurturing. Kali listens respectfully to the needs of his body and he makes a conscious effort every day to eat, live and be in balance.

As a Kitchen Manager at the Center, Kali believes that food can transform and reach people on a different level. His intention is to help raise personal awareness through the power of nourishing food. Kali has over 18 years of experience in the Food and Service industry working with organic food and providing a full range of dietary options including gluten free, vegetarian, raw and vegan cuisines

Alice Body Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager Alice is found  creating menus and making meals for guests and staff – usually with reference to ensuring variety, nutrition and making sure the food suits the weather!

Alice originally comes from Darwin, in the tropical far north of Australia. There, the cuisine is strongly influenced both by Australian cafe culture al fresco and by southeast Asian cooking – a laksa noodle soup is a common brunch choice for locals at the weekend morning markets!

Alice loves to be creative in the kitchen and nourish people through food. She has a long history working in cafes making plant-based and organic fare, and she had her own little catering project in Squamish for a time delivering frozen meals made from scratch in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so people would have an option to have meals delivered that weren’t pizza!

She has a firm belief that plant-based or alternative diets don’t need to be restrictive – in fact she feels inspired by the challenge to discover new ingredients and cooking methods.

Francine Roy Cook

Francine Roy knows how to feed a crowd and she does so with great energy and enthusiasm. She brings over 27 years’ experience in feeding large groups in restaurant and camp environments where she did meal preparation that catered to a variety of dietary needs. As a cook at Paradise Valley Healing Center, Francine uses her culinary expertise to ensure proper portioning, freshness and quality of food preparation.

She loves to please the palate of the guests at the Center and enjoys their feedback on the overall gustatory experience. Francine is a true local chef, having worked with locally produced foods and in many favourite local dining establishments and outdoor recreation providers of Squamish Tourism.

 

Oliver Rosete Cook

Oliver has been in the cooking industry for many years. He loves cooking and preparing food for people who appreciate his style of cooking. He enjoys cooking all kinds of food and he learned this by watching his mom cook when he was young.

His curiosity about plant based diet and benefits to health got him to join the Paradise Valley Healing Center’s kitchen team. His goal is to welcome guests to the Centers kitchen by being creative, prepare nourishing meals for a diet that gives them proper nutrients for a healthy body and supporting their healing journey at the Center

When he is not at work, he loves going on a hike and traveling or simply stay at home reading spiritual  books.

Administration

Lee Bougie Manager

The first person you will likely see when you walk in the door is Lee, our Office Manager. Lee moved to Squamish recently, and loves the beautiful outdoors here. Lee is passionate about wellness and brings warm and compassionate energy to the Center supporting potential guests and guests who are on their healing path.

Lee has a Master of Science in Clinical Biochemistry and is a Holistic Nutritionist. She has worked in labs, Clinical Research, and for Supplement companies. She finds joy and peace from time with family, kayaking, hiking, camping, swimming, crocheting, and curling up with her cat.

Hayleigh Henderson Administration Assistant

Hayleigh Henderson graduated around a year ago from the University of Guelph with honours in Psychology Degree. She has known for years she wanted to work within the mental health field, which is why she is very excited to start her journey at Paradise Valley Healing Center.

As an administration assistant at the Center she will be supporting potential guest inquires and providing information and resources to those who are seeking treatment. She will also spend time as wellness staff supporting guests at the Center.  She feels it is an honour to be assisting the beautiful individuals on their healing journey and subsequent positive growth.

In her personal life she enjoys hiking with her partner and dog, as well as caring for tropical plants! If you have any planty questions she is your go to.