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.
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. Dennis joined The Haven in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.