Meet The ADAPS Team

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Debra Hamilton

(She/Her)

Title: Executive Director for the ADAPS organization, bringing the Board's Vision to the front line.

Debra celebrates 8 years with ADAPS in the spring of 2021. She directs the services of Indicated Prevention and Intervention, which covers a wide variety of groups, projects and collaborations. She is passionate about giving youth a powerful voice in this community. Her favourite thing to do, though, is to support youth one on one-through connection, conversation, and maybe some poutine. Debra's spare time is spent with her young daughter. When they aren't at home lost in the Marvel Universe, they can be found on the trails and playgrounds of this amazing community.

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Jaime Hillman

(She/Her)

Title: Registered Clinical Counsellor – working with children and youth ages 3- 18 years old

I am an animal lover, nature lover, and sometimes musician.  I love my job as a counsellor, supporting children and youth in finding their voice, as we sit together in the yuck and the wonder, and uncover individual strengths.  The work we do is client led, which can look many different ways: creative arts, writing and storytelling, music, play, talk therapy, mindfulness and movement…whatever works best to reach a young person’s goals.

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Amelie Duquette

(She/Her)

Title: Youth and Family Substance Use Counsellor, working with youth ages 12-21.

I've been working with youth for the last 10 years and had the privilege to join ADAPS in 2020. I am passionate about working with youth and meeting them where they're at, everyone deserves respect and dignity. I feel strongly about destigmatizing and decriminalizing substance use and advocating for harm reduction. If I'm not at work, I'm probably outside running around in the mountains or getting a tattoo, who knows!

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Stacy Neary (She/Her)

Title: Program Manager for ISE-Intensive Support and Engagement. ISE supports youth who are in and from care as they move towards independence.

I has been with ADAPS for 1 year but was a long-time community partner before making the transition to officially join the team. At ISE we value youth voice and make it a priority keep our clients at the centre of our work. I feel honoured to come to work every day and be a part of the unique story of youth who are in and from care.

 

When I’m not at work one of my favourite things to do is visit Tofino and wander the beaches with my friends and family.  

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Tyrone Marshall

(He/Him)

Title: Youth Outreach Worker for the ADAPS ISE program. 

I’ve worked with youth for 11 years and specifically with the ISE program since 2020. I love helping youth unearth their own potential. 

I cherish all things that keep me connected to our Mother Earth. Fishing, foraging for mushrooms and harvesting cedar bark. My favourite tree is the western yew tree known for its strength and resilience.

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Abby Liggett

 (She/Her)

Title: Support and Engagement Worker with the ISE program

 

I’ve been working with youth for 5 years and came to ADAPS in 2020.  I love my job and that I get to connect with youth in such diverse ways; mountain biking, drinking coffee by the ocean, baking or doing whatever they are interested in. A main focus is on privileging youth voice, working towards goals they identify and walking alongside them. In my spare time I enjoy adventuring, gardening, making music and drinking more coffee (:

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Carrie Thorpe

(She/Her)

Title: Community Projects Facilitator

 

I have been working at ADAPS for 3 years while I have been working with Children, Youth and Families for over 20 years. I facilitate LGBTQ2+ youth groups, Gender Journeys youth and parent groups, Youth Advisory on Substance Use, Harm Reduction Roundtable for Youth Services, and Youth Service Pop-Up. In my spare time I can be seen outside exploring our community with my family walking our dogs Rolo and Twix. I volunteer as the Chair of the Alberni Valley Pride Society, Port Alberni KidSport, and our community's Emergency Support Services team.