Our Team

Key Management Staff:

Rob C Thiessen, Managing Director

Rob is involved in community awareness initiatives and is a liaison for HFFS and other similar programs both public and private. He maintains Hope for Freedom Society’s rapport with governments on all levels and serves as the key spokesperson for the organization’s media and other public relations.

Neil Huard, Executive Director/Program Director C.C.A.D.C.

Mr. Huard has been with Hope for Freedom Society since its inception in 1997. Neil provides oversight to both the men’s and women’s programs and curriculum. He is also in charge of program development and implementation, drug and alcohol counseling, group facilitation and staff relations and human resources.

Dennis Fagan, Administrator

Dennis joined Hope for Freedom Society full time in 1998. He served as a monitor for its initial three men’s phases while furthering his education in Sociology, Psychology, Academic Writing and Business Administration. Dennis oversees the day-to-day operations through managing accounts payable/receivable, financial management, payroll, staff management and other important daily operational duties. He drafts policies, proposals and other organizational documentation as required. Dennis serves as an assistant to Managing and Executive Directors.

Denise Kennedy, Women’s Director C.S.S.W.

Denise joined Hope for Freedom Society’s Glory House in 2004. She provides oversight exclusively to the women’s portion of our programs including program development, drug and alcohol counseling, group facilitation and staff/client relations.

Key Administrative Staff:

Denny Romyn, I.T., Database Management, Administrative Supervisor

Mark Foreman and Chris Waterhouse, Client Screening, Client Services, Peer Counseling and Intake Supervisor

Kelly Whyte, Women’s Administration, Client Screening, Client Services, Peer Counseling and Intake Supervision. Kelly completed the Business and Office Administration program at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Derrick Sheppard, After Hours Client Services and Intake

Key Outreach Staff:

Lisa Batista, Outreach Coordinator
Stan Carter, Outreach Worker

Key Shelter Staff:

Bart Phillips, Shelter Supervisor
Andrea Corrigan, Volunteer Coordinator

Key Counseling Staff:

Thomas Perrera, M.A., M.Th., M.Ed.

Thomas has been with Hope for Freedom Society since 2003. He received his Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Ottawa and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Thomas worked for the better part of 25 years at Pacifica Residential Treatment Center until joining Hope for Freedom Society.

Richard, B.A. Psych, AADAC

Attended University of Lethbridge (BA Psych) AADAC certification and registered hypnotherapist. Served on Community Gang/Youth Task Force and is a past member and president of the Community Action on Substance Abuse. Richard has over 30 years working in the field of criminal justice and addiction services with thousands of hours in classroom instruction, structured family interventions, workshops, lectures and seminars.

Jeff Borden, I.C.A.D.C. Place of Refuge Society Vancouver (Second Stage Housing)

Jeff is the program manager and primary addictions counselor for our transitional housing at Place of Refuge in Vancouver. Jeff holds international certification in addictions counseling. He has worked with many collateral agencies including Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the Ministry of Children and Families. He provides group and individual counseling and also offers a life skills course for Place of Refuge residents. Jeff is currently in the process of obtaining a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on addictions.


Pastor Paul Dewitte.

Paul’s involvement in Hope for Freedom Society predates its incorporation. Paul is licensed as an Official Worker of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He is a pillar of the organizations spiritual foundation and serves as an integral part of any and all aspects that involve educating our clients and staff in the teachings of Christ and the important role that faith plays in each client’s recovery.

Food and Beverage:

Rob Swift