Our Caring Staff:
Parris Winsor is a Registered Counselor and Life Skills Coach belonging to the Canadian Professional Counselors Association. She is known for her ability to create an environment that is comforting and safe, with her compassionate and understanding approach. She has a way of helping people to get in touch with deep feelings which is imperative to the healing process. She is skilled in trauma, grief, relationship and addiction counselling, and teaches many other necessary life skills, which she facilitates through workshops and groups. Parris has a passion for wellness, especially in physical and spiritual which she practices with the clients in daily morning yoga and meditation. She has knowledge in nutrition and alternative health therapies. She has over 20 yrs in recovery herself and has worked with others through the twelve steps over this time.
Darren Gulka – RPN, BHSc.(N)
As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Darren has spent over 25 years gaining a diverse background in Mental Health & Addictions. Throughout his career he has worked on Mobile Crisis Response Teams, Psychiatric Emergency departments, Acute Psychiatry, and multiple community based programs in many different areas. He has also served as a court appointed Mediator for the City of Calgary. Darren has experience in clinical leadership, education services, conflict management strategies, and case management. He is skilled in crisis intervention, comprehensive assessments, counselling, medication management, and group facilitation. Darren always brings a level of warmth, empathy, and respect he has gained throughout his own journey of recovery since 1991, as well as a passion for helping others experience the benefits of sobriety. When not working, Darren enjoys painting, boating, skiing and has an everlasting desire to nurture his musical interests.
Jackie received her Master Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in 1997. Although Jackie majored in Social Cognition, she has a broad spectrum of Master level achievements in Psychology including Social, Cognitive, Health and Developmental Psychology as well as Assessment of Psychological Characteristics, Multivariate Statistics and Research Design and Analysis. In additional to her MSc Thesis, Jackie published a variety of papers with peer-reviewed Journals such as the International Journal of Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and Canadian Psychology as well as Educational and Psychological Measurement. During her graduate studies she received the University Presidents Graduate Scholarship as well as awards from the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jackie has 20+ years of professional experience working within education, non-profit and health care organizations. She also has training in Leadership, Coaching, Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Team Building and Performance Evaluation as well as Indigenous Cultural Competency.
Jackie has a lifelong connection with recovery and, for the past 6 years, she has focussed her energy toward applying her skills and knowledge to support people in recovery. Her compassion, knowledge and personal journey, combined with her dynamic personality, allow Jackie to connect easily with others and to constructively support others in their own personal recovery. Jackie knows that, with help, it is possible to recover from addiction and that long term recovery is achievable.
Dr. Carolyn Jones – M.B., Ch.B. CCFP
Working out of Bastion Medical Centre, and proud to be in partnership with Foothills Centre for Change, Carolyn Jones, provides weekly reviews and client appointments.
Carolyn is an experienced Family Physician (GP) who has had the opportunity to work with patients over the last decade in hospital and family practice.
Qualifying in 2006 from the University of Bristol in England, Carolyn has undergone extensive training in multiple specialties in hospital and community environments. From remote island practice to urgent care settings on the outskirts of London, England.
She applied for and was selected for Family Practice (GP) training and completed 7 years of postgraduate training in 2013. She works closely with her patient population using motivational techniques and recognized protocols to assist with substance withdrawal.
As a retired Navy combat surgeon, and spending over 40 years as a physician in the medical field, Steen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Foothills team. He has practiced medicine in both Canada and the United States, and has published papers in medical journals on addiction related topics. With his own personal journey in recovery, he provides weekly lectures on issues pertaining to substance use.
As a successful business owner, Sue has been devoted to helping women empower themselves, and brings that passion and enthusiasm to the Foothills Team. She has worked in the helping field for over a decade with both seniors and in recovery. With her personal experience of working the steps, and knowledge of the 12-step programs throughout her own journey, she brings significant experience as a support worker and step coach. Her greatest accomplishments are her three daughters and her grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and horseback riding.
Joanne has been a professional cook for many years and has provided her expertise in such areas as restaurants, health care facilities and residential treatment centres. She has a passion for Spirituality and connecting with others along her own journey of recovery which began in 1990. With her clear communication and organizational skills, Joanne brings her supervisory abilities and structure to the Foothills Centre culinary team.