This is 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.
Nellie Bonin, Facilities Manager, leads our Housekeeping 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.
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.
Shannon Schetyna, Assistant to Programs and Registration Manager, has a passion for lifelong learning and growth. She enjoys connecting people with programs that will give them tools for bettering their daily lives. Shannon started as a Receptionist in 2016, quickly moved into the Registration office and most recently provided support to our Bodywork area and Grants. In her off time you’ll find her on an outdoor adventure with her energetic son and husband.
Dr. Mercedes Martinson, Online Programs Coordinator, pursued Physics before realizing it couldn’t answer her central question in life: “How does the universe work?” Between submitting her thesis and receiving her PhD, she spent a month in the Himalayan foothills of India studying yoga and meditation, which opened her up to a wider perspective of what it means to be a human on this planet we call Earth. Over the subsequent 4 years, her journey through personal and spiritual growth brought her to The Haven where she began to feel belonging and a sense of community on magical Gabriola Island. After doing back-to-back Living Alive 1 & 2 programs during the pandemic, she became an intern in late 2020. Mercedes is excited to join The Haven Team to help bring forth online programming, a role she dreamt for herself two years before the position even existed!
Rose Bond, Group Booking Coordinator, after 18 years of traveling and teaching English abroad she feels gratitude to return to Gabriola Island where there is a strong sense of community and astounding beauty found nowhere else. What she likes most about her position at the Haven is having a warm and supportive team to work with and meeting uplifting and inspirational people within the community and beyond. She strives to make each group booking a positive and memorable experience for her clients.