Executive Changes

Mark Johns has retired, effective March 31, 2018, as the Executive Director for PCLA. Mark has led the organization since 2014 and has done an incredible job structuring and implementing effective initiatives in order for the association to be successful in its service delivery.

The Board greatly appreciates the service and dedication Mark has put into PCLA and wishes him the best in his retirement. Mark will remain on the Board for PCLA.

Mark Zuberbuhler is excited to take over the position of Executive Director. Mark has spent the last several years as Board President and Interim CEO for the Pacifica Treatment Centre, Board member for the Alzheimer Society of BC and was previously at the University of British Columbia in the Information and Learning Technology group. Mark provides strategic advice in non-profit organizations and in digital media and learning technology.

PCLA is a not for profit mental health and substance use organization that provides innovative services and housing options to persons with mild to complex mental health symptoms. The focus is on high-quality, effective, integrated, client-directed and client centered services and support.

Family finds solace in ‘real life’ atmosphere at Adrian House

“It has been such a positive experience for my brother-in-law and our whole family,” says Julie (not her real name). Her brother-in-law has been a resident of Adrian House for six years. The facility is a duplex on a residential street housing ten residents at a time.

Julie can’t say enough good things about the staff and progress her brother-in-law has made there. “They teach him to be independent,” she says. “That is something he could not do well at on his own.”

She explains that the combination of close supervision by mental workers and psychiatric nurses along with the routines of daily life is a recipe for success.

“He is cooking, cleaning and participating in group activities – he has a life,” says Julie. The resident’s extended family visits him regularly and feels good when they leave him at Adrian House. “The communication from the staff is very good, and we feel really comfortable and welcome,” she says.

Read more about Adrian House and its services.

Family extends their heartfelt thanks

Dear Sandi,

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to express our profound gratitude for the comfort and care you and the staff showed Majella during her brief stay at Adrian House.

We were beyond thrilled with how well she was accepted into the Adrian House family, and although the transition was initially hard for Majella, we as a family watched her as she began to thrive like never before during the year she was living there. We saw a new twinkle in her eye as she spoke of going to eat Chinese food, taking a walk in different parks around Vancouver, going to Steveston, and various other places.

We were amazed with how quickly she began to call Adrian House her “home” and embraced communal living doing such things as creative cooking and playing crib with the other clients.

Both you and your staff did a wonderful job of taking care of Majella when she was healthy, and a truly amazing job of taking care of Majella when she was not well. The level of care and respect and professionalism you and your staff demonstrated when dealing with us as her family was so greatly appreciated.

You respected her for all her uniqueness as a person. You encouraged her to continue to try to better herself while also putting in place a wonderful safety net to catch her if she were to fall. We never saw her fall but only continue to improve under your careful watch.

We wish you and your staff nothing but the best.

Lonie, Ben, Jeremy, Meagan and Fiona

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