Jim Robertson, MCS, CCC
Jim has been with Valiant Recovery since 2018. Jim has been counseling for close to 30 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment centers and private practice.
Jim’s is a Canadian Certified Counselor with Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association “CCPA”, holding a Masters level in Counseling and Christian studies. Jim is constantly furthering his education, recently he studied gambling addiction.
A little bit about you: I am in my senior years and enjoying good health. I have a love of people and of the great outdoors. I hike and bike and involve myself in community service through membership in my local Rotary club.
Why do you help with people in Recovery? I believe it is a calling to do so. I lived the “back to the land” life style in the hippy days of the 1970s and am grateful to God for His spiritual awakening that saved my life. He has given me empathy and understanding to serve as a coach and guide for those wishing to be free of addictive substances or processes.
A message to those in Recovery that may choose our services? Help is available. People at Valiant understand your disease and can help to empower you with new knowledge and skill to live life I healthy ways.
Why do you like working for Valiant Recovery? The dedication of knowledgeable staff and the high level of cooperation amongst them.
What are the main benefits that you see for our clients? Living in a safe, supportive, educative environment while recovering from the physical, emotional and spiritual harm of addictions.
Michael Towers, MA
Michael has been counseling since 2009, prior to Valiant he spent 10 years in an executive role at a non profit treatment center for women in Saskatchewan.
Michael holds his Masters in Marriage and family counseling, and is a member of the Professional Association of Christian counselors and Psychotherapists. Areas of specialization include; addictions, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, complex trauma, and relational therapy.
Christy Brown, RPS, EMDR
Christy is one of our long term employees, joining Valiant in 2012, she has fulfilled many different roles with us. Christy is a EMDR specialist (trauma Therapy), and Relapse Prevention Counselor, she also specializes in Sexual abuse, Marriage and relationships, grief and loss, forgiveness, boundaries and co-dependency. She has spent over 20 years of her life counseling others from teens to hospice.
Christy has a passion for people, helping them with challenges and getting to the core reasons, the WHY behind their addictions, and compulsions. Helping individuals suffering in there marriages and relationships, is one of her favorite areas, she has extensive experience and training in this area as well.
“I enjoy spending time with the clients and getting to know them on a real level and relate to them as a person. I like to laugh, have fun and have a good sense of humor, because although things might be tough and hard work, it is important to laugh and see the light side as well as dig deep and get things dealt with.” Christy
Kari Dittman, RPS
Kari joined Valiant Recovery in 2017 as a facilitator and grew into the role of management. Prior to Valiant, Kari oversaw the daily operations for a women’s addiction facility in Alberta for 5 years. prior to that she worked for 17 years as a Church admin.
Kari loves her job and loves overseeing the center to assure that all the daily needs are being met. Kari is a relapse prevention specialist and facilitates a large variety of group sessions. When not teaching groups you may find her in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, or organizing the center to make everyones stay pleasant.
Curtis Mctavish, ACSW
Curtis joined us in 2012 for his practicum placement, and we’re grateful he never left. He completed his Social Work/Addictions Diploma from Vancouver Island University, and is a Non Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor.
A little bit about you: I have worked in the field for close to 10 years now and I cant imagine doing any other type of work. I too struggled with addiction for many years and it was the Staff and people at facilities like Valiant that made my recovery not only possible but successful. I know first hand on what it feels like to be broken and hopeless but I also know what it feels like to be healed and to live a life of gratitude that includes supporting others on their journey.
Why do you help with people in Recovery? I love to give back what was given to me in my own recovery. I am always excited to see the potential and then the results of our Clients as they go through the process of their journey. The Aha moments they experience are such a blessing to be part of. I believe recovery is a journey that never has to be taken alone. We all need guidance and support to have our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs met.It is my purpose and my path to help anyone who is ready to make this journey”.
A message to those in Recovery that may choose our services? To anyone that is suffering I encourage you to make the decision to come to Valiant and trust that you will find the support, education, healing and compassion here that you have been seeking. I have personally witnessed hundreds of people come through our doors so broken and hopeless but only to leave enlightened and well on their journey to a higher quality of life and healing.
A few memories of helping someone at Valiant Recovery: There are so many great memories of success stories here at Valiant but a recent one that stands out for me is a young man in 20’s who had been in probably 6-7 treatment centers came to us on his death bed. He was able to dig deep into his pain and work through many barriers while he was with us. He is now a successful Salesman and has created an amazing life for himself.
What do you like teaching the most in course work? I am probably most passionate about Relapse Prevention and Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms. While we are on this life long journey of recovery we need to understand these concepts so that we can be prepared on an individualized basis to overcome our unique situations. If we have a plan we will succeed.
What are the main benefits that you see for our clients? The clients benefit in so many ways but I believe that we bring a unique experience for each one of them. We have amazing Counselor’s on Staff so the one on one time they receive is so important. The groups and the Psych-Social information is also invaluable to the clients success and they receive all of this during their stay with us.
Dr. John Peters, MA
Education: Master of Theology/Major in Counseling –Doctor of Theology – Christian Certified Chaplin – Certified Psychologist – Sex Addiction Specialist.
A little bit about you: My Hobbies include art, music, and photography. I am a self-published author with several fiction and non-fiction books on Amazon including The Sojourner’s Guide to Knowing Jesus, A world in Transition, The Raven, and Vale Thomas (Out of the Shadows)
Why do you like working for Valiant Recovery? I like working for Valiant Recovery because of its Foundation, the love, confidence, and atmosphere. I most enjoy seeing the clients grow and succeed in and through their efforts to work their programs.
Why do you help with people in Recovery? I have lived my whole life around broken and troubled people and families, have seen and suffered many forms of abuse. I have been broken and derelict, and have been fully restored through the love of God and the finished work of the Cross. My life’s work has been to help and heal those who are bound and bruised where ever possible. Luke 4:18
Pam joined our team in 2019 as a valuable member with years of personal recovery experience.
A little bit about me: Instead of “wowing” you with many impressive achievements, I’m going to make a confession. It took me longer than most, to figure out where I wanted my life to go and how to get there. As a result, I found myself heading towards destinations that I knew I didn’t want to reach! Adversity, mistakes and consequences of poor choices are not the highlights of anyone’s life…but I believe we have a choice in how those events will affect us. Through those experiences, I recognized some of my greatest strengths, skills and qualities which in turn, pointed me in the direction I’d been searching for all along. Hi. My name is Pam and I’m an…impassioned facilitator at Valiant Recovery!
Why do you help with people in recovery? For every addict that succeeds in navigating their way through the challenges and responsibilities of long term recovery, the benefits ripple outward, touching families, friends, communities. Helping someone start their difficult journey with a solid foundation that will support their recovery, is for me, like opening a door of opportunity where the miraculous can and does happen.
What do you like teaching most in course work? My favorite courses are those that speak to the heart of a client. Each section (though equally valuable and able to create positive change when practiced) will be accepted by different people at different times. When I’m teaching a course to people who are eager to learn all they can on the subject, it becomes my favorite…for that day!
Why do you like working at Valiant Recovery? Being part of this amazing, compassionate, dedicated team, makes the most challenging work day a pleasure because I know what we do at Valiant is making a difference in people’s lives.
Colette Isbister – Bio coming soon
Tia Cherneski RMT
Tia Cherneski has 20 years experience with massage therapy. She has studied at the Upledger Institute which is the founding organization of “CranioSacral Therapy”. She has completed advance work in this modality and continues to upgrade her skills and knowledge through further training at the Institute. She has also successfully completed training in the Onsen technique specializing in pain management using a structural and osteopathic approach. She also has training in visceral manipulation, somato emotional release, swedish massage, deep tissue, hot stone and aromatherapy. Tia has earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree and has had a wide range of experiences including counselling, family support work, and international development.
Tia is a member of the International Association for Healthcare Practitioners and Namasta, a North American organization for mind-body professionals.
Royce Dockrill, Interventionist, RPS
CEO, Marketing Manager
LeeAnn Dockrill, Interventionist, RPS
COO, Admissions Coordinator
In 2009, Royce together with his wife LeeAnn opened Valiant Recovery, with a vision to fill the gap in quality addiction treatment. Having a strong desire to continue to see lives set free from addiction, the Dockrill’s continued to invest the company gains and opened new centers. Today, the Valiant group includes: Valiant Recovery in Kelowna BC, The Crossing Point in Kelowna Bc, Valiant Behavioral Health in Ottawa, and Valiant Recovery in Punta Gorda Florida.
Royce and LeeAnn form a strong team, having owned and operated their own businesses for the past 23 years. They have taken on many challenges in life, and overcome them with confidence and faith. Royce and LeeAnn oversee all the daily aspects of all the Valiant Recovery centers, and handle the majority of the admissions calls, for the Canadian centers.
These days spare time has become very sparse, however they still find time to take joy in volunteering. LeeAnn has led different areas and events through children’s and ladies ministries in their local church, from kids camps, to banquets. She has been part of prayer and prophetic ministries. Royce donates his spare time and resources, helping out in the audio department at their local church, and other churches abroad.
God created everyone with a purpose. Our desire is that you would fulfill your God given purpose in life, living your life to its fullest. Life is not just about you, but also about what you can do for others!!!