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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.

Doug Tennant, Chief Executive Officer 

Doug Tennant has been actively involved in the Community Living movement for the past 28 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 is active in the community and has served as President of the BC CEO Network and is currently the Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade. When not at work, he enjoys spending time on the water or in the wilderness with his wife, children, and old blind pug, Gunther Pugsley.

Lise Boughen, Director of Inclusive Living

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.

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 adult daughters who all keep busy with their animals including horses and seasonal equestrian competitions.

Louise Tremblay, Director of Development

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. She is passionate about the concept of inclusion and believes that employment is the gateway to independence.

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.  

Elizabeth Deschenes, Director of Community Services

Liz has worked with Semiahmoo House Society for over 25 years.

Seema Tripathi, Associate Director of Community Services 

‘Diversity is being invited to the party, Inclusion is being asked to dance!’

I recently heard this quote by VERNA MYERS and thought to myself, wow! Isn’t that what my job is all about?  Empowering people with diverse abilities to be economically included in their communities by having meaningful real jobs!

I always wanted to work with people in a way that would empower them and that lead me to do my masters in social work, work as employment specialist, managing an employment service and now work as an “Associate Director of Community Services”. In this role, I will continue to work passionately towards empowering people to have control and choice in their lives, helping them to have a spectrum of experiences which would help them to have richer and fuller life.

Whenever my team supports anyone to obtain meaningful employment it gets me excited! More excited than when I got my first job!

All I want is employment to be a natural conversation for the people whom we support!

When I am not pursuing this dream, you will find me busy trying out something fancy in the kitchen or enjoying a cup of coffee reading a book!


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