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.

Warren Fraleigh, Executive Director, has held senior leadership positions with Boards and not-for-profit organizations, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity for over 20 years. As a life-long learner, Warren earned a Masters Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in 2002. Warren joined The Haven in 2017, and offers a broad range of leadership and management skills to ensure the continued success of 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.
Nellie Bonin, Facilities Manager, leads our Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Grounds teams that keep our property clean, in good working order and beautiful! 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.
Naomi Melnyk, Director of Program Development and Kitchen Manager, has been with The Haven in various departments for the last 16 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 enjoys spending time with her large family.
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.
Wendy Pitcher, our Conference and Event Coordinator, is your go-to for large group bookings, retreats, board meetings, conferences, and other events. Whether you’re putting on a concert in our 165-seat Phoenix Auditorium or hosting a private retreat in our secluded Havenhaus complex, she’ll work with you from the planning stage right through to the main event. Wendy’s primary goal is to ensure that your needs are met and your experience at the Haven is positive and memorable. She takes pleasure in providing outstanding customer service and in seeing the relaxed and smiling faces of our each of our guests!
Paula Brent, our Digital Marketing and Technology Administrator, is passionate about connecting people with opportunities to learn about themselves, each other, and our planet. She enjoys the creative challenge of digital content creation and marketing by day, but loves to unplug too. In her spare time, you’re likely to find her outside: in the garden, on a forest trail, or at the farmer's market.
Mackenzie Dickson MSc, Director of Youth Leadership Training, started his learning as a youth intern at The Haven in 2003, and has been supporting others in the program since then. He has a passion for working with youth and continues to facilitate programs internationally. Through his MSc in Foresight and his work with UNESCO, he has developed a new way of thinking about the future, youth, and education that he is delighted to bring to The Haven.
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.




Leslie Sanderson had a professional career in geomatics and remote sensing when she first encountered The Haven in 2014. She considers that first program as a life-changing experience, and remains passionate about Haven programs. She has turned that passion into a new career, now enrolled in The Haven Diploma Program and pursuing further education in counseling.
Sara Charron grew up on Gabriola and started working at The Haven as a teenager. Since then, she has traveled, attended art school and managed a café. She recently returned to Gabriola to settle and plant roots in her original community, which includes The Haven and all of her home island connections.
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.