The Management Team at The Haven is devoted to encouraging personal development and professional development through guided self-help seminars and programs, delivered at The Haven on Gabriola Island BC. The team also takes care of the day to day running of The Haven.

Our Team



The people who work at The Haven are a vital part of what we do. Many have been with The Haven for many years and have taken programs and trained here. These are some of the people responsible for the day-to-day running of The Haven.

pic-rachel-davey.gif Rachel Davey is The Haven's Executive Director . She has worked internationally in education management and consultancy for more than 15 years, for organizations including the British Council and the United Nations. She first came to The Haven in 2001 and then traveled to Canada from Cyprus every summer to take Haven programs. She began working at The Haven in 2006.
Dennis Marriott Dennis Marriott, General Manager, leads the teams who strive to deliver an exceptional level of guest service to support the high quality of The Haven's educational programming. His management career has spanned technology, hospitality, arts and culture, sport and leisure, and charitable non-profit organizations. He brings a wide range of complementary skills, knowledge and experience to The Haven.
pic-morag-ruckman.gif Morag Ruckman is The Haven's Programs and Registration Manager. She has worked at The Haven since 1996 and has an in-depth, practical knowledge of our programs and accommodation. She has participated in many Haven programs, and brings her learning into her personal and professional life.
Jane Olynyk Jane Olynyk DCTM, BA, DipC is The Haven's Director of Intern Training, responsible for overseeing all aspects of our Certificate and Diploma training programs. She is a licensed acupuncturist with a Diploma in Chinese Medicine, and brings a unique approach to her work as a therapist and Haven program leader.
pic-louise-amuir.gif Louise Amuir is Development Manager at The Haven, administering the Financial Aid Program and Monthly Donor Program. Louise began working in the Haven kitchen in 1989 and has had the pleasure of working in most departments in a variety of roles, including as part of leader teams for programs. Her warmth and exemplary organizational skills ensure that you matter.
Nellie Bonin Nellie Bonin is Housekeeping Manager at The Haven, leading the team that cleans our guest rooms, operates an on-site commercial laundry and looks after our common spaces. A designer at heart, with a love for details and a sharp focus on the bottom line, she also serves as project manager for facilities improvement projects at The Haven.
Donna Hamilton Donna Hamilton is Office Manager, overseeing the financial operations and the IT infrastructure. Donna’s eye on the bottom line began at the BC Telephone Company as an accounting clerk, moving quickly into Business Credit Accounts management. Collections and Credit Counselling is also part of her background and she has served as a paralegal for a Bankruptcy Trustee. Donna has been with The Haven since 2006.
Ceilidh Kirk Ceilidh Kirk is Manager of Foodservices and Conferences, overseeing our kitchen team, conferences, group bookings and events. Ceilidh's career has spanned special event management, consulting and management roles in behavioural and educational intervention, child care and social work. Throughout, she has demonstrated a passion for people and a penchant for quality.
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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 was a life-changing experience.

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