Announcing New Board Members

September 25, 2020

Adeara Recovery Centre is delighted to announce the addition of four new members to our Board of Directors for the 2020–2021 term. Our Board provides guidance for Adeara in achieving our short-term and long-term goals. Please help us welcome Andrew, Elaine, John, and Todd.

Andrew Lee – Board Director, 3 year term

Andrew is a Certified Financial Planner with a heart to see women in addiction find freedom in Christ. Being part of a faith-based recovery centre is really important to Andrew because he recognizes the impact that Christ has on one’s recovery. Andrew has Stewardship Committee experience, as well as experience in teaching financial courses. His knowledge in the field of finance, coupled with experience in dealing with the Ministry of Children’s Services, is sure to benefit the long term goals of Adeara Recovery Centre.

Elaine O’Connor – Board Director, 3 year term

Elaine practices Family Law and has a degree in counselling. She has volunteered internationally as well as locally, and is very interested in supporting women who are in recovery while helping/supporting them to remain with their children. She comes with a good knowledge of the legal system and has experience working with addiction, family violence and Children/Family Services. Her involvement on the board will provide greater perspective as we further develop programs to support the women and their families.

John Powell – Board Director, 3 year term

John joins our team as a retired businessman who brings a wealth of experience in business development and strategic planning. His experience includes managing and leading people and developing processes in organizations. He hopes to contribute ideas and most importantly support Adeara’s ability to build and grow as a strong organization. John is willing to get in the trenches and try to find those people that want to contribute and participate. John has also contributed to our fund development team. His board experience comes from his years of involvement with the Church at South Edmonton.

Todd Sumner – Board Director, 3 year term

Todd joins our team with a wealth of experience and education as it relates to strategic and change leadership, project management and operational excellence. He is currently the Associate Dean – Administration of NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business and School of Skilled Trades. He also has a passion for international mission work as well as local impact. His mission experience has drawn him to Adeara with the heart and desire to see women’s lives changed in our city.


Leaving the Board

We are so grateful for the investment and impact these men have made at Adeara Recovery Centre. We know they will continue to be a part of our community of support, and we pray for God’s blessing as they move into other areas of opportunity where they can put their skills and passion to use.

Jesse Jervis, Director 2012–2020

“I am blessed to have seen the organization mature in processes and leadership. Each step of the way has not been simple or easy, but it has truly allowed us to see God move. God has great things in store for the organization and the women it serves, I look forward to seeing them come to fruition.”

Charles Evans, Treasurer 2013–2020

“Being able to use my gifts and skills to help steward the finances of Adeara has been a rewarding challenge. Although my time has come to an end as the Board Treasurer, I am confident that the operations of the centre will continue to move forward and God will be glorified as He transforms lives.”

Paul Collins, Director 2019–2020


Full Board List for 2020–2021

Chairman of the Board: Mark Evans

Vice Chair: Charlene Dykstra

Treasurer: Jayton Sontag

Secretary: Colleen Foley


  • Greg Assaly
  • David Cornock
  • Shauna Yohemas
  • Erica Kalke
  • Andrew Lee
  • Elaine O’Connor
  • John Powell
  • Todd Sumner