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Staff Leadership

The Leadership Team at Semiahmoo House Society is dedicated to the mission of the organization and work hard to create and support and inclusive community. The Directors understand that being Person-Centred is a philosophy that extends to all their interactions with staff and the people we support. They work hard to develop and fulfil the vision of community living that the Board of Semiahmoo House Society creates.


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Doug Tennant

Executive Director

September 2012 – Present

Doug Tennant has been actively involved in the Community Living movement for the past 23 years as a parent, a worker, and a volunteer, including 10 years as a Board member of Semiahmoo House Society. He recently completed his Master of Education with a focus on creativity and innovation in the arts. Doug spent 17 years in the field of education and has expertise in educational technology and conflict resolution. When not at work, he enjoys spending time on the water or in the wilderness with his wife, children, and dogs. He writes about his move to Semiahmoo House Society here.

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Lise Boughen

Director of Programs and Facilities

Lise Boughen was hired as a casual staff for Semiahmoo House Society in her senior year of University. Lise graduated from Trinity Western University in 1989 with Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Human Services.  An employee of SHS ever since Lise is passionate about assisting people to live  the lives they want and deserve.  Creating a positive, encouraging, “think outside the box” work environment  is also a  passion of hers.   When not at work Lise enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, most likely at some sporting event.

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Stephanie Green

Director of Human Resources

Stephanie has provided leadership and oversight to the human resources department since 1998 when she began the development of the Society's HR department. Prior to  this she held human resources  roles  with several large organizations including Purolator Courier  and Fraser Health. She holds a bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational behavior from  Simon Fraser University. Stephanie  is a proud mom of  two teenage daughters who keep her very busy with their extracurricular activities which includes daily  equestrian training  sessions and seasonal  competitions, music and art. 

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Louise Tremblay

Director of Development: The Semiahmoo Foundation

Louise Tremblay joined The Semiahmoo Foundation in 2012 as Director of Development. Previously, she had over 30 years of experience in the private sector working in senior management positions. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership which she fulfilled partially by completing a research project on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace. Since then, she has become passionate about the concept of inclusion and believes that employment is the gateway to independence. As part of her role as Director of Development, she is responsible for leading the efforts of growing the Social Enterprise initiatives at Semiahmoo House Society. Louise blogs about her experiences at Semiahmoo House here.

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Ellen Powell

Director of Finance

Ellen is proud to have been part of Semiahmoo House Society’s as the Director of Finance since 1994.  Her interest in community organizations was sparked when she worked at the former Surrey Community Services for two years before joining SHS.  Prior to this she was an articling student in various accounting firms and worked in retail sales and management for a number of years. Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Business and is a Chartered Accountant.   She maintains that accounting is not about math but is just another ‘language,’ and she focuses on using finances to achieve the Society’s ends.  Ellen is a busy mother of two girls who are competitive dancers, budding musicians and hard-working students.  

Casandra Fletcher

Casandra Fletcher

Director of Quality Assurance

Casandra has been at Semiahmoo House since 2004, when she began to design and implement a new Rec & Leisure department for teens and adults in the region. She has been responsible for Quality Assurance since 2007, including strategic planning, outcomes reporting, accreditation, best practices, policy development and heading the design and implementation of an internal information management and reporting system. She's worked in Community Living for 20 years, creating and enhancing programs at several organizations, in areas such as adult day services, emergency respite, preschools, childcare and volunteerism. Her keen interests lie in enhancing organizational culture and efficiencies, ethics, governance, and strategic planning. This is made easier by her interest in using and building innovative technology solutions to help. Outside the job, she's a mom, loves carpentry, drumming, travel, making music, and being involved in her small community.

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