About Us

Our team is made of dedicated individuals who are leaders in the addiction treatment sector. These uniquely qualified professionals provide the right environment to help anyone struggling with challenges related to the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. We work with other specialists in psychiatry, primary care and occupational therapy. We also work with practitioners from alternative healing arts, such as yoga instructors, art therapists, acupuncturists and spiritual guides. We aim to be the preferred provider of high-quality, gender-specific addiction treatment services, which is why most of the women and men who have completed our programs have found a new way of living and a freedom that enables them to reclaim their roles within their families, careers and communities.

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Deborah Gatenby

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Gatenby has invested the bulk of her efforts over the past two decades into helping those in need. She spent 15 years in the Niagara region at the helm of various non-profits organizations working with marginalized populations including; street-involved youth, homeless, gang members, sex trade workers, high risk Young Offenders, and various drug-user subcultures. Her dedication and tenacity for helping those at risk was the driving force behind championing a three-year legal battle to open the first youth shelter in Niagara Falls. Once achieved, this triumph would establish precedent for all social housing projects to follow.

Deborah would go on to become a professor at a recognized academic institution for more than 5 years, teaching for the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts Departments. During her tenure she received the “Teaching Excellence Award” for 2003. She simultaneously donated her time to voluntary organizations engaged in community building, and sat on numerous boards and committees. She has a reputation for service innovation and activism, and as a result has received several awards at the municipal, provincial and federal level.

In July of 2004, Deborah would achieve her greatest triumph; taking her last drink or drug and entering into addiction recovery herself. That following year she returned to Windsor-Essex County, and accepted leadership of ‘House of Sophrosyne’ in pursuit of her passion for working with women and addictions. In April 2008, she earned her most recent credentials, as a Member of inaugural class in Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman’s School of Business.

In 2011, she would become the Chief Executive Officer at Hope Place Centres. In addition, Deborah is also a Member of LHIN Mental Health and Addictions Integration Advisory Committee, the DTFP Peer Support and Residential Standards Committees; is Co-Chair of the Community Quality Network; and was President of the Board of Directors for Addictions Ontario – leading the amalgamation that led to the creation of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.

Tisha Shea

Director of Operations

Tisha Shea brings fifteen years of direct relevant management experience and has been with Hope Place Centres since 2007. Before this she was a Program Manager for a “Violence Against Women Shelter” in the Region of Waterloo. Currently the Director of Operations Tisha manages the day to day aspects of regulatory compliance to quality assurance by ensuring adherence to standards and best practices that meet or exceed legislative and policy requirements.

This past year attended the “Community Health Leadership Program” with the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Executive Program and “Project Management for Healthcare” at York University. In 2013 attended the “18th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma.”

Tisha is proud of the successful achievement of accreditation of Hope Place Centres with the “Canadian Centre for Accreditation” for the period of February 20th, 2013 – February 20th, 2017. She is committed to the continuous improvement consistent with the stated Vision, Mission Statement, Principles, Beliefs and Values of Hope Place Centres.

Dr. Peter Eddenden, M.D., MCFP

Medical Director

  • Graduated from Medical School at the University of Toronto in 1982
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Member of the College of Family Physicians
  • Member of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Special interest in the areas of addiction and diabetes
  • Family practice in Oakville, established since 1982
  • He is an Individual with long-term recovery from addiction

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Hope Place Centres is a highly specialized group of community stakeholders who provide the ‘brain trust’ for the charitable corporation. Serving with heartfelt wisdom and intelligent vision, they are committed to a minimum three-year term of office (often more). The governance focus of the Board is on policy, strategic planning and organizational stewardship for the continued success of Hope Place Centres. These diverse, highly skilled professionals, come with corporate and non-profit experience; they are responsible for the fiduciary oversight, policy direction and strategic planning of the organization.

Board Members

David Ervasti Chairperson
Karen Stolee Vice Chairperson
Debbie Nelson Director
Robert Dalgleish Director
David Martin Director
Marc Nadeau Director
Debbie Hnatiw Director
Gemma Kitchen Director
Steven Dykstra Director
Chris Montgomery Treasurer


Hope Place Centres was formed on May 4, 2004, as a result of the amalgamation of Hope Place Women’s Treatment Centre and Halton Recovery House. The organization is now comprised of three facilities located in the region of Halton. In collaboration with community partners, Hope Place Centres provides gender-specific addictions treatment and recovery services to men and women, that empower them to make responsible, well-informed choices, resulting in positive lifestyle changes, improved functioning and better health.

Halton Recovery House, was established in 1975 in response to a 1974 needs analysis by the Addiction Research Foundation, which revealed a lack of rehabilitation services for men with problems related to alcohol and other drug use. The first Halton Recovery House was a 130-year-old rented farmhouse near Milton that offered an alcohol-free environment as well as accommodation and support aimed at helping residents find employment and return to the community. In 1984, with assistance from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Halton Recovery House purchased a 16-bed facility in Hornby and incorporated a more structured addiction program into the services provided. Five more beds were added, and today, twenty-one men can receive comprehensive addictions treatment for a period of 42–84 days. Since 2012, five of the twenty-one beds were made available for those that wish to pay for a ‘no-wait admission’. Halton Recovery House was initially funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care until that responsibility until that responsibility was transferred by the government of Ontario to the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network. Continuing Care programs are made possible through the generous support of the United Way of Milton and the United Way of Halton Hills.

Hope Place Women’s ‘Live-In’ Treatment Centre began as a dream of a few residents of the Town of Milton in 1986. It became a reality when the doors were opened in March 1990, to women seeking recovery from problems related to alcohol and other drug use. The ten-bed facility had been operating at capacity for 19 years, with thousands of women having benefited from the peaceful, rural setting and intensive addictions treatment programming. In December 2009, expansion of the Centre was completed, providing a new kitchen, dining room and office space. There are also five more beds – three are designated for women who are pregnant or parenting children 0-6 years of age, and two are available for those who wish to pay for a ‘no-wait-admission’. In 2012, the ‘live-in’ program was extended from 24 to 35-days, and stage one trauma was integrated with the addiction treatment curriculum. Funded initially by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care until that responsibility was transferred by the government of Ontario to the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network. Continuing Care programs are made possible through the generous support of the United Way of Oakville.

Hope Place Community-Based Treatment Centre in Oakville was established in 2000, when the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funded a five-year pilot project to provide specialized treatment for women with addictions who are pregnant or parenting children 0-6 years of age.

Baby’s Best Beginnings, (an Early Childhood Development addictions initiative) was extended by one year until March 31, 2007, and then received annualized funding from the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network. Parenting Basics Group is offered three times a year to parents who have children 0-6 years of age, are involved with Child Welfare and who have substance use problems. Several other programs, funded by the United Way of Oakville, are offered at the Community Centre site.


To be a leading provider of high-quality addiction treatment services


To inspire hope, provide gender-responsive treatment, and promote recovery for individuals and families experiencing alcohol and drug addiction


We practice:

  • HONESTY in recovery, in relationships and in financial management
  • PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for choices, actions and outcomes
  • SHARED RESPONSIBILITY through cooperation and collaboration with each other, community partners and funders
  • MANAGING CHANGE with flexibility
  • ACCESSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY by removing barriers and through innovative, wise use of resources
  • ENHANCING CAPACITY of Hope Place Centres' staff, individuals and families to achieve spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellness
  • QUALITY IMPROVEMENT through seeking input, evaluating, reflecting and educating


We believe:

  • ABSTINENCE, as defined by 12-step philosophy and programs, is the foundation of the recovery process
  • RECOVERY from the disease of addiction is possible
  • SPIRITUALITY, as defined by 12-Step philosophy and programs, is essential to recovery
  • PERSON-CENTRED, TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE empowers people in their recovery from addiction through an individual focus on needs, strengths and goals
  • CONFIDENTIALITY is essential to building trust, valuing people’s experiences and honouring their privacy


We value:

  • INTEGRITY in all aspects of providing addiction treatment services
  • AN ETHICAL FRAMEWORK based upon evidence-informed practices
  • ACCOUNTABILITY to each other; our clients, funders and community
  • EQUITY respecting diversity, welcoming differences, treating others with dignity, and maintaining a safe environment free from discrimination
  • HEALTHY CHOICES that support recovery, guide behaviour and facilitate personal transformation


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