OUR BOARD

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FRANCES STONE

Executive Director & Founder

Frances Stone is a mother in recovery and co-parent of three strong, resilient and loving children. She is also a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor, former radio host of Talk Recovery Vancouver, and Founder and President of Family Recovery Society. 

She is grateful to serve as a member of the Public Advisory Group (PAG) for the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə/Riverview Comprehensive Community Planning Process together with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm First Nation and BC Housing. Frances founded Mothers Recovery Society which has evolved into Family Recovery Society  because of her lived experience with poverty, addiction and isolation while she raised her three children as a single parent. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of mothers and fathers in recovery from addiction because she believes supporting parents creates a better future for all. 

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TAMARA STRAITON

Board President

Tamara Straiton is a Mother in Recovery with two boys. She is the Program Manager for Sereena’s Housing for Women through Atira’s Resource Society and a certified trauma informed yoga instructor. Tamara serves on the board of Mothers Recovery Society because she personally understands the fight and stigma against motherhood and substance abuse. She is aware of the lack of services that support mothers and their children in safety, wellness, and recovery and she believes in Mothers Recovery’s Mission to engage, educate and empower and work as a community towards long term recovery.

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LORI McCARNAN

Secretary Treasurer 

Lori McCarnan (Chi makwa ekwe): I am a mother in recovery of three children. I actively work a program and the strength of support groups has helped me get and stay in recovery. I serve on the Board of Directors for Family Recovery Society to ensure families have access to all I was given and more. I am an Anishinaabe woman and I work to bring my cultural values to my daily living and share with others. I have compassion for all parents and know the value first hand of the beauty recovery can bring to a family. 

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Steven Hall 

Board Chair

Steven Hall is Community Relations Team Lead for Together We Can Drug & Alcohol Addiction & Education Society. Steven serves on the Family Recovery Society Board of Directors to support our shared mission and vision of helping families recover from addiction.  

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NEAL MITCHELL

Outreach & Events

Neal Mitchell is a dad in recovery with a supportive wife, Andi and their three children. Neal has been instrumental in organizing and the Dad's Recovery private Facebook group and Monday night Speaker Meeting. He serves on the Board of Directors because he believes in the mission of Family Recovery Society and wants to be a part of the solution for families in recovery from addiction.  

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MALLORY FEWSTER

Outreach & Events

Mallory Fewster is a mother in recovery with two vibrant and beautiful girls. She is well known in the recovery community for her involvement with Elizabeth Fry Society, Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre and the Growing Great Kids program. During COVID-19 she began attending mothers on recovery Zoom meetings on a regular basis and immediately got involved in helping out with hosting meetings to encourage and support other mothers in recovery. She is the perfect choice to help lead Family Recovery Society’s Outreach & Events Team because she knows how it feels to feel alone, and always makes a special effort to make every single mother and father in our community feel welcome and appreciated at meetings and events. Her energy, creativity and joy are a gift to our community and we are grateful for her service! 

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JESSICA GERVAIS (Fox)

Member at Large

Jessica Gervais (Fox) is a mother in recovery with two sons. Her and her children are Cree from Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan, BC. Jessica is a first generation residential school survivor and a 60's scoop survivor. She currently works as a Registered Nurse in public health specializing in communicable disease control. Since 2019, Jessica has been in involved, attending meetings and sharing her story to help others in the mothers in recovery community. Jessica serves on the Board of Family Recovery Society to be a voice and help others learn about indigenous issues and help facilitate healing. 

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Lee Ann Olson 

Member at Large

Lee Ann Olson is a Certified Addictions Counsellor and mother in recovery with two children and a beautiful granddaughter. Lee Ann serves on the Board of Directors because she believes in the mission of Family Recovery Society and wants to be a part of the solution for families in recovery from addiction.