Haven staff

Meet the team that contributes to your experience at The Haven - from those who help you choose your programs and welcome you upon arrival, to those that prepare your meals, clean your room, maintain the property and complete a myriad of activities behind the scenes to ensure your program is delivered smoothly and your stay is comfortable. Most of our staff have been with The Haven for many years, and continue to participate in our programs just like you.

Rachel Davey, Executive Director, 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, 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.
Morag Ruckman, Programs and Registration Manager, 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 DCTM, BA, DipC, Director of Intern Training, is 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.
Louise Amuir, Development Manager, administers 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, Housekeeping Manager, leads 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, Office Manager, oversees 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.
Naomi Melnyk, Kitchen Manager, has been with The Haven in various departments for the last 15 years. She loves people and is grateful for what the programs offer for herself, her family, and everyone that comes to Haven. Outside of work Naomi manages an organic farm and enjoys spending time with her large family.
Cindy O'Dell has a diverse background including writing, performance, teaching, research and boat restoration. She takes pleasure in efficient and effective service and highly values space for learning and awareness to occur.
Shannon Schetyna has a passion for lifelong learning and growth. She enjoys connecting people with programs that will give them tools for bettering their daily lives.