Board of Directors

The Haven's Board of Directors have dedicated themselves to providing the best programs and facility through The Haven Foundation. The team provides direction for the staff at The Haven, and most are either program leaders or facilitators, and all are longtime participants in The Haven's personal development and professional development programs.

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Thomas Beshr Haven Board Director Thomas Beshr is a world traveller who is always up for a challenge and is new to the realm of conscious personal growth and development. As a father to six children in a blended family, Tom initially experienced the transformational work of the Haven by watching his children’s involvement with the Kids in the Spotlight program. Witnessing the positive change in his kids, Tom attended his first Come Alive in 2014 and took control of his own personal growth. Tom is keenly interested in the Haven’s children and youth programs. Tom is a fundraising professional, advocate, public speaker, and pilot with over 25 years of experience in both the airline industry and not for profit world. Tom is active in community through serving on non-profit boards and volunteering where he specializes in organizational partnership, collaboration and leadership. Tom lives in Comox, BC with his life partner April. /td>
 
Andrew Bing Haven Board Director Andrew Bing has been working in business for over 40 years and for 20+ of those years owned his own software consulting firm. For the last 18+ years Andrew has been involved in management consulting specializing with manufacturing and distribution companies and currently travels all of the globe assisting companies in these areas. Andrew first came to the Have in 2000 and received his Diploma in Counseling in 2007, he currently assists with Come Alive programs.
 
Alphonso Franco Haven Board Director Alphonso Franco is an entrepreneur who believes in giving back to his community through service. Over the last 33 years he has contributed to various organizations including the Canadian Million Dollar Round table Foundation where he is serving his second term as President. He serves as the 1st Vice-President of Cricket BC and President of the Victoria and District Cricket Association. In 2006, Alphonso became Chairman of the Top of the Table, an organization made up of the top 1000 financial advisors in the world. Alphonso's passions are service, culture, travel, languages and people from all cultures and backgrounds. He is a proud father of two boys who have been both participants and youth leaders in Kids in the Spotlight and have benefitted immensely. The Haven has been just that to Alphonso, a Haven to rejuvenate and reflect.
 
Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer Haven Board Director Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer holds an undergraduate degree in Home Economics from Pittsburg State University and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Alberta. Following a long career in education she embarked on a second career as an artist, creativity coach and mentor. She has been associated with the Haven since 1992. She received her Diploma in Counselling in 1998. Currently she teaches two courses at the Haven, Healing Stitches and Creative Aging. She was instrumental in developing the Artist in Residence program at the Haven. Mary and her husband Gary have recently moved to Gabriola Island.
 
Dale Kelly Haven Board Director Dale Kelly B.Ed., MA, has thirty-two years experience as a group facilitator. His career includes teaching in public school, adult education, and university. He has received several awards: among them a UNESCO Fellowship to study Polish culture in Poland, awarded for leadership in international understanding and the Hilroy Fellowship, a Canadian national award for innovation in education. On three occasions he had the honor of conducting the annual two-week Thompson Fellowship leadership training for Third World teacher leaders in Ottawa. Dale has conducted workshops and seminars in Canada and, as well, he has led international leadership programs in Ghana and Sri Lanka. Since retiring in 2001 he has pursued his longtime interest in Zen studying with Roshi Shinzan Miyamaei, Abbot of Gyokuryuji temple in Japan. He become a lay monk in the Rinzai tradition in 2006. He found much overlap with his Haven experiences and Zen training.
 
Cathy McNally Haven Board Director Cathy McNally spent most of her life in Hong Kong, has a BSc in Business from the UK, and a career spanning a variety of types and sizes of organizations, including pioneering executive coaching in Southeast Asia in the early 90's. Throughout this journey, her key interest has been people - the human factor. Associated with The Haven since 1989, Cathy met her late husband, Ernie, while interning together in 1996. She received her Diploma in Counselling in 1998, is a member of Core Faculty, and together with Ernie has a business offering facilitation, counselling, and coaching services.


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I would like to express my gratitude towards everyone who has donated to the financial aid program at the Haven. There are times in peoples' lives when they are ready to grow and move on to a better way of living and they just don't have the means to do so. For me...it was a life-changing experience.

 
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