Staff and Board of Directors


Madelaine MacLeod, Executive Director

Ron Jorgenson, MEd, RCC – Clinical Counselling Supervisor

Hang Pham, Administration Coordinator


Deanna Wrate, President

Deanna is a Human Resource professional and Personal Coach.  Passionate about people, peace, and justice, she got involved in restorative justice over six years ago.  She has training in disability management, worked within diverse organizations and in conflict resolution and mediation.  She currently sits on the VI Restorative Justice Board and is with the Community Circles Restorative Justice Society.

Kathy Code, Vice President

Kathy brings a broad range of skills and expertise to the Board.  She retired as an economic development policy analyst with the BC government, with program and policy skills. She also serves on the board of the Eco Forest Institute Society bringing strategic planning, and grant writing knowledge. In spare moments, she operates a consulting business dedicated to helping small business, non-profits and First Nations develop strategies to better handle the transitions of the coming years.  Most recently she is on the legal team for Fairy Creek.

Christine Smith, Treasurer

Christine bravely agreed to be the CFLA Board treasurer as she has worked on budgets and grants during her time with non-profits in Prince George.  Currently working with Cowichan Brain Injury Society, Christine is excited with the connections CFLA has been making with other community agencies.


   Amy Hamilton, Secretary

A mom of two children Amy is celebrating her third term on the CFLA Board. She first became involved at CFLA when she volunteered with a children’s program while attending high school.  She has been an EA with the local school district and has returned to VIU in the Education Degree program.


Nickie Williams, Director-at-Large

Nickie is the owner/operator of Cowichan Valley Essesntial Health & Wellness, as well as a certified aromotherapist.  She has grown her skills with additional studies in physiology, psychology, and other therapies.  Nickie attended CFLA’s Volunteer Counselling Training and works as a peer mentor in the Cowichan Community.

Lia Versevael, Director-at-Large

Lia brings a wide range of experience and expertise to our Board, having been a member of the Chemainus Resident’s Association and Lions Club International.  She has been an advocate and liaison for programs and services in the Cowichan Valley including RCMP, MCFD and other community stake holders.  In her ‘spare time’ Lia is a self-employed practitioner in mediation and counselling.