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Our Team

Our high standard of excellence begins with our staff. Our professional team is made up of experts and caring individuals who are the best at what they do.

Our Team

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Jeff Borden, MA, ICADC, ICCS
Executive Director

Jeff Borden is the Executive Director of Baldy Hughes. Jeff brings twenty-eight years of addiction expertise and is actively engaged in how we work with the challenges of substance misuse in our communities. His passion and areas of interest focus on the creative aspects of wellness and self-actualization. Jeff holds a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University, two international certifications in addiction counselling, and is a certified clinical supervisor in Canada and the USA.

Jack Kinnear, BSW-MSW
Team Lead / Counsellor

Jack Kinnear is the Team Lead and Counsellor at Baldy Hughes. Jack brings over twenty years experience in Social Work and Ministry of Children Family Development. Jack's opportunity to fulfill a thirty-year dream to work with men who have a desire to get clean began with Baldy Hughes in 2021. Jack's vision is to develop a clinical team that will provide support and knowledge to our clients wanting to create a clean and full life for themselves. Jack holds a Master's Degree in Social Work.

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Sandy Sisson
Counsellor / Facilitator

Sandy Sisson is a Counsellor at Baldy Hughes. Sandy brings twelve years of experience and a solution-focused approach with motivational techniques as well as a positive regard for each client she is in contact with. Sandy completed Applied Counseling at Red River College, Winnipeg.

Jessica Chambers
Counsellor / Facilitator

Jessica Chambers is a Counsellor at Baldy Hughes.

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Carla Lindstrom

Carla Lindstrom has been the Admissions Coordinator since 2014. Prior to Baldy Hughes, Carla was a Community Health Care Aid for 8 years. Carla's favourite part of working at Baldy Hughes is being part of life changing journeys with our clients.

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Jo Ann Sawchuk, LPN
LPN and Office Administrator

Jo Ann Sawchuk is the Medical Office Administrator at Baldy Hughes. Jo Ann's focus is on the medical and administration aspects of day to day life at Baldy Hughes. Jo Ann's goal is to be an integral part of helping someone reach their goal of a healthy and happy life. Jo Ann holds a LPN certificate from College of New Caledonia, Prince George.

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Vittoria Black
Outreach Coordinator

Vittoria Black is responsible for increasing awareness and educating the public and key stakeholders on our program. Vittoria brings a 32-year long corporate career and a passion for Social Work. Vittoria has studied addictions, trauma,  and mental health first aid to further her understanding of these human struggles. Vittoria's studies and personal experiences taught her the importance of human connection in helping to ease the suffering of others.  Whether someone comes to explore solutions to help them live their most vital life,  or whether someone is addressing trauma, pain or disease,  it is important to Vittoria that they do so away from chaos and in a space of safety and calm.

Viviane Bigras

Viviane Bigras is the Bookkeeper at Baldy Hughes since 2015. Viviane brings 42 year of experience in the administrative field. Viviane’s favourite aspect of her work is seeing when the residents embrace the program and transform their lives. Viviane holds a Bookkeeping and Accountant Certificate I.

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Don Browne
Interim Physical Operations

Don Browne is our interim Physical Operations specialist and has been a support worker at Baldy Hughes since 2017. Prior to Baldy Hughes, Don was as a computer technician and a driver for a courier company. Don's passion and pride for his work at Baldy Hughes comes from making a difference in our client's lives and helping them to live successful, healthy lives.

Alan Van Der Woerd, PhD
Community Support Facilitator

Alan Van Der Woerd has been a facilitator at Baldy Hughes since 2019. Alan is responsible for client onboarding, driving, greenhouse, beekeeping maintenance and educational field trips. Previous to Baldy Hughes, Alan was a Professor and Interfaith Chaplain at UNBC and also taught in Mexico and Nigeria. Alan holds a Ph.D. in intercultural studies.

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Rod Palidwor
Community Support Facilitator

Rod Palidwor has been a facilitator at Baldy Hughes since 2019. Rod is our client work therapy coordinator and farm maintenance worker.

Dunsin Adefisayo
Support worker

Dunsin Adefisayo is a support worker at Baldy Hughes.

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Thomas Haiworonsky, BA
Support worker

Thomas Haiworonsky is responsible for supporting the recovery process for all of Baldy Hughes clients. Thomas holds a Bachelors of Science with a major in Psychology.


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Deanna Fjellgaard
Support worker

Deanna Fjellgaard is a support worker at Baldy Hughes.

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