Asante Centre Staff

Darci Chandler, Clinical Coordinator

Darci is responsible for the coordination of the Asante Centre, including scheduling of appointments, file completion, statistical reporting and more.  Her attention to detail and aptitude for problem-solving keep the day to day operations of the Centre running smoothly.

Myles Himmelreich, FASD Consultant

Myles Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker on FASD, having presented nationally and internationally for many years, sharing his experiences in living with FASD. In his work as a mentor to other youth and adults with FASD, Myles has helped them to understand and accept  that we all share similar struggles and the desire to succeed.  As well, working as a consultant, Myles has done a great deal of work with the media. Most recently, Myles was co-lead of a ground-breaking study on the health and physical issues of adults with FASD. Myles' goal is to help others with FASD find their voice and to help society  understand that we are greater when we are united and work together.


Aliya Khan, Scheduling Assistant

Aliya provides support to the entire Asante Centre team and a warm welcome to visitors. 


Anne-Marie Mahaffey, Administrative Assistant

Anne-Marie handles reception, client record collection, and provides administrative support to The Asante Centre Team. She has a background in Marketing and Communications, business and technical writing and customer service. She most recently comes from the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows school district where she worked in a variety of Elementary and Secondary school offices, supporting teachers, students, and families. She is also an active volunteer in the community, currently a member of The Ridge Meadows Minor Ball Hockey Association executive team as well as League Referee Scheduler.


Robyn Matthews, Family and Community Support Coordinator

Robyn Matthews, BA, CADC, joined the Asante Centre in 2015 as the Family and Community Support Coordinator. With her background in mental health and substance abuse and strong commitment to early childhood development, her ability to advocate for vulnerable children, youth, adults and families makes her a valuable asset to the Asante team. Robyn’s role at the Asante Centre is multifaceted, in that she provides wrap-around support to youth, adults, their families, caregivers and support providers throughout the entire FASD assessment process- including those involved in the Criminal Justice System; facilitating continuity of care. Robyn is actively involved in the development of resources and community education and she passionately contributes to research and development. Robyn’s innovative strength based approach towards working with youth, adults and their families has a positive impact on individuals and the community, further facilitating awareness, knowledge, support and understanding surrounding FASD.


Kathleen Rainville, Family and Community Support Coordinator

Kathleen joined the Asante Centre team in 2014 as an administrative assistant.  More recently, she moved into the role of Family and Community Support Coordinator for the Youth Justice Program.  Kathleen’s background in child development, experience in not-for-profit organizations, knowledge of community resources and her caring nature help her to support individuals and families throughout the assessment process. Kathleen has completed training through the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders and frequently participates in child development workshops.  She regularly volunteers in a correctional facility and for other community-based organizations.  Kathleen is inspired by the compassionate and knowledgeable staff and clinical team at the Asante Centre and by the clients who visit the Centre. 


Anne Smithson, Records Manager

Anne's list of responsibilities involves her throughout the process of an assessment, including everything from the opening of files to the organization and release of final reports.  Anne's experience working in high-paced environments, and her structured approach to the numerous tasks she faces help make the Asante Centre operate like a well-oiled machine.


Donna Thomas, Executive Assistant

Donna's many responsibilities include assistance to the FASD Society for BC's Board of Directors and the Asante Centre's management team, as well as administering the accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract files and financial records.  In addition, she maintains the Building Services and supplies.  Donna has been part of the Asante Centre team since 2004.  Her care for the Centre's clients, their families, and other team members is evident in all she does.


Caitlin Toews, Family and Community Support Coordinator

Caitlin is a master of multitasking, a much-needed skill as she coordinates the Youth Justice FASD Program to support youth on probation attending the Centre for assessment.  Her compassion helps clients and families feel at ease as they set up their appointments and begin their journey with us. Caitlin’s commitment and passion for helping people helps her to provide empathetic support to families who contact the centre in search of resources, assessment and referral information, and a variety of other inquiries.