Colleen Newman

Intake Counsellor

Grant Patles

Treatment Attendant

Grant is originally from Eel Ground First Nation

Having suffered from addiction and substance abuse in his youth, and has now been in recovery for 8 years, he thought that he would be able to offer a great deal of support and hope for people in recovery, as he is able to relate and give advice.

In his spare time Grant enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking/scouting, and camping.

Grant’s favourite quote is “I can do all things trough Christ which strengthened me” ~ Philippians 4:13



Tobi Russo

Treatment Attendant

She was Adopted by a large family in Miramichi at a young age but she is originally from Eel Ground

Tobi Found the rising sun through A.A. and eventually began working there for 10 years, with a brief break from the job, she has returned and has been working here since October 2021.

In her spare time Tobi loves hanging out with her dog Ruby, who is a wonderful listener. She also enjoys Kayaking.

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” ~Mark Twain


Andrea Ward

Treatment Attendant

Andrea is originally from Natoaganeg First Nation

She has always wanted to work in a field where she would be able to help others.

in her spare time Andrea enjoys, Reading, doing puzzles, watching movies/shows.

her favourite quote is “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Kiefer Crawford

Treatment Attendant

Ryan Ward

Treatment Attendant

Ryan is originally from Natoaganeg, First Nation.

Admiration, reverence and respect is what brought him here to work at the Rising Sun.

During his spare time  Ryan enjoys Beading, Travelling, music and tv, spending time with friends and family.

Ryan’s favourite quote would have to be ” To have helped someone breath easier in this life is the meaning of success. “ Paraphrasing Waldo Emerson


Emily Conners

Treatment Attendant

Cheyenne Joseph

Executive Director

Michelle Anderson

Program Manager

Tim Matchett

Maintenance Manager

He is originally from Eel Ground

In 1999 Chief George Ginnish request that Tim come mow the lawns here weekly. Soon after, in 2000, he got employed here as maintenance man and in the following years proved himself as a great asset to the company and the position of maintenance manager in 2006.

In his spare time Tim enjoys hunting, fishing, walking in the woods, and wood working.

A quote he often says would have to be “how’s she going?”



Annica Landry

Administrative Assisant

She is originally from Moncton NB

After high school Annica went to Aesthetics school, after graduating with her aesthetics diploma she went on to work in a spa for 6 months before the global pandemic. After losing her job due to the pandemic, she chose to return to college to become a Medical Administration specialist and her college student placement brought her here.

In her spare time Annica enjoys painting, knitting, and playing with her Pups Maizie and Kenzie, and spending time with her family.

“To be yourself is truly a revolutionary act, and I think more people should try it because it has gotten me a pretty cool life” ~Lena Waithe


Velma Ward


Velma currently is residing in Redbank although she is originally from Gray Rapids.

Her love to cook brought her here almost 9 years ago.

In her spare time Velma enjoys camping, shopping, and visiting her family.

Her favourite quote is “When cardinals appear, angels are near.”


Nelda Sturgeon


She is originally from Gray Rapids

Nelda Followed her sister Velma and her passion for Cooking she shares and started working her in February of 2022.

In Nelda’s spare time, she enjoys camping and cooking.

Nelda’s favourite quote is “Do unto others as you’d have them do to you”