community, bringing programs and services to help enhance individuals and family’s
quality of life.”
Gerry Dyble has been the Executive Director for Hope and Area Transition Society for 21 years, as a small non-profit in 1998, Gerry with the support of her team and Board of Director’s has grown the agency into the largest non-profit in Fraser East.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, she has an eye to business and understands social issues and the complexities and challenges faced by many.
She has held various Provincial committee and Board positions, advocating for rural and remote communities. She spent 7 years as a District of Hope Councillor, using the knowledge and networks gained through local politics she continues to raise difficult conversations within the community and bring forth emerging issues to local, Provincial and Federal delegates.
Roxanne has been with the HATS team since March 2015 as our Adult Substance Use Counselor and now has taken the position of Program Manager for Homeless Outreach and Substance Use Teams. Most of her training has been ‘on the job’ and personal life experience. She completed the Justice Institute of BC’s, Substance Use Certification in 2013. For over 16 years, she has worked with agencies supporting and advocating for individuals who experience homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, navigating blended families, separation and divorce, under-employed, incarceration, court procedures and other government systems. One of her passions is running groups, facilitating life-skills topics. Her positive nature is welcoming and encouraging. When not at work, Roxanne likes to paint, travel, watch movies, spending quality time with family and friends, especially in nature.
Favorite quote: ‘Just Breathe’
Bonnie Millward is the Youth Coordinator at Hope and Area Transition Society. Bonnie was born and raised in Southern Ontario where she began her career as a Child and Youth Counsellor in 1996 after completing training at McMaster University. Bonnie and her family moved to Hope, British Columbia in 2005 and she joined the Hope and Area Transition Society team in 2010. She is the proud mother of two and is dedicated to serving the community of Hope and the youth that are part of this community. Bonnie brings more than 20 years of experience to the role. She is passionate about providing opportunities and support for youth and building partnerships within the community, throughout the Fraser Valley, and the canyon.
Soraya Duncan has been with The Hope & Area Transition Society since May 2015. Soraya was born in Thompson, Manitoba and moved to Hope, B.C. in her youth where she still currently resides. Her adult career began in Vancouver, B.C. in the accounting industry. After living in North Vancouver for 12 years she decided to leave the city to continue her career journey back in her hometown of Hope, B.C. She managed the solid waste & recycling contracts for the District of Hope and the Fraser Valley Regional District for 20 years. In that time, she met her husband of 26 years and raised two beautiful children. Soraya is passionate about her role as Finance Manager with the Hope & Area Transition Society by supporting the staff and Management Team and keeping the Societies affairs in order. When not at work, Soraya enjoys travelling, spending time with family and just enjoying life.
Debbie and her family moved to Hope in 2001 and were immediately captivated by the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains & rivers along with the sincerity of those living in the community. Committed to serving the community in which she resides, Debbie’s career at the Hope and Area Transition Society began in 2007 where she has had held several positions: Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor, Stopping the Violence Counsellor, Healthy Relationships Program Facilitator and Director & Coordinator of Rainbows Grief and Loss programs. These opportunities along with the completion of her bachelor’s degree in Child & Youth Care have been foundational to the role she currently holds at HATS as the Program Manager for Family & Youth Services.
Anna is likely best known for her 25 years of owning and operating the small business and community curiosity; Anna’s Incense.
After years of serving her community through volunteer work and business, Anna took a life changing step and was able to proudly join Hope and Area Transition Society in July 2018.
Years of personal growth and a can-do attitude has brought Anna to the H.A.T.S position of Transition House Program Co-Ordinator. Anna’s life experience, heart-centered healing and trauma-informed approach suits her well as she has settled into her new position.
Hope has always been supportive of Anna and her family, and she is really enjoying supporting and empowering women and families from an intersectional feminist approach. If you see her out walking her dogs, hanging in nature or taking the family out for food, stop by and say hi!
“Be a good friend, always”
Brian Dodd joined the HATS team in 2019 as the Emergency Shelter, House of Hope Program Co-ordinator. For the previous 5 years, Brian was in the positions of Manager of Operations and Interim Executive Director at Seniors Services Society of BC working with seniors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
After spending over 25 years in television production, Brian chose to move into the non-profit sector in 2004, primarily focusing on food security and homelessness issues throughout Metro Vancouver. Those passions led him to the HATS team.
Brian tries to spend most of his free time with his kids and grandkids, especially in the outdoors around Hope. He has had property in Sunshine Valley for 20 years and moved his family there full-time 3 years ago. Look for Brian with his family and camera in the hills above Hope.