About Us

Our Team

The people that make up East Kootenay Addiction Services have a passion for supporting those affected by addiction to make positive changes in their lives. Our team is located in 6 offices in the East Kootenay region; in Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Creston, Cranbrook and Kimberley.


Dean Nicholson Executive Director/Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Cam Strachan Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Kari Olson Substance Use Counsellor/Harm Reduction Coordinator [email protected]

Eleine Gordon Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Maureen Smith Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Rob Toller Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Shayne Bettke Administrative Coordinator [email protected]

Stephanie Kress Receptionist/Administrative Support [email protected]

Theresa Bartraw Regional Youth Substance Use Education Coordinator [email protected]

Kimberley (Tuesdays)

Cam Strachan Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Rob Toller Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]


Deb Martin Receptionist/Administrative Support [email protected]

Gareth Webb Youth Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Kelsey Voysey Adult Substance Use Counsellor kvoysey@ekass.com


Justin Telfer Youth Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]


Michelle Biffis Youth Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Matthew Chapman Adult Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]


Bryce Loughran Youth Substance Use Counsellor [email protected]

Our Board

Established in 1978, our Board of Directors helps guide the activities of East Kootenay Addiction Services programs and policies. Our board is a dedicated group of 9 community-minded volunteers who meet monthly to address the needs of the organization. 

Our Financial Statements

click here for 2019-20 Statements (pdf)

Our Mission

We are a non-profit society with the mission to “provide excellent services which promote the well-being of people affected by, or at risk of developing substance use problems.” The Society has a Board of Directors who oversee the operations of the Agency. We are contracted with the Interior Health Authority and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to provide substance use services in the East Kootenay, and have offices in Cranbrook, Kimberley, the Elk Valley, the Columbia Valley, Creston and Golden. We comply with Addiction Services Program standards that ensure professional practice and quality services are delivered in all program areas. Our services are free and confidential.

Our Philosophies

Our philosophy is to respect the integrity of every individual. We believe everyone is responsible for their own physical, emotional, social and spiritual health, and that each person has the right to make informed choices that lead to their health and well-being. Our clinical practice adheres to the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of addictions and we provide services from a harm reduction perspective.