About us

Aurora Recovery Centre is a perfect place for those starting their journey to recovery.

Recovery For Life Is What We Stand For

Making the choice to reach out for professional help is always rewarding. Welcome to a lifetime of recovery.

Millions of people have achieved sustained recovery and you can too. We are a full service recovery centre located one hour north of Winnipeg, on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. Our program is built on the fact that addiction is a treatable illness. From our individualized treatment, to experienced and qualified staff, day one of your lifetime of recovery begins here.

This very moment can change your life forever. It gets better from here.

See our sweat lodge and drumming area, located on the beautiful western shores of Lake Winnipeg

Treatment at Aurora Recovery Centre

Customized Care

We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming, inclusive and respectful environment. Treatment at Aurora is holistic, evidence-based, specialized and tailored to each individual.

Recovery Management

Our recovery management system supports a full continuum of care, from assessment, to inpatient, to ongoing recovery management through continuing care for life.

Experienced Staff

We are staffed by experienced and credentialed, medical, therapeutic and clinical specialists whom we have hand picked for their dedication to bringing wellness to individuals, families and institutions suffering from the effects of addiction.

Strengths Based Perspective

All our therapeutic groups, individual counselling sessions, and psycho-educational components are presented from a strengths based perspective, that builds on the individuals existing assets.

Dedicated Team

As incredible as our facility and programming are, what makes Aurora truly amazing is our staff. A wonderful group of people who have dedicated themselves to helping others find their way out of the darkness of addiction and into the light of recovery.

Compassion & Respect

Everyone at Aurora is treated with compassion and respect, and we are deeply grateful to have such highly skilled, enthusiastic and kind people in all levels of our organization.


Everything shared with us is kept strictly confidential and we’re happy to make recommendations if you need a different level of care than we provide. Feel free to reach out, we’re here for you.


Our interdisciplinary team of professionals, dedicated support staff and consultants all bring their expertise to treatment at Aurora. Whether it’s a clinical staff providing evidence-based modalities, a chef practicing their artistry with food or a maintenance staff tending the facility with care, we all share one goal, to provide you with a respectful, therapeutic and supportive environment. Many of our staff are in sustained recovery and understand the challenges that you are facing. We bring empathy, expertise and encouragement to each individual in our care. Each person on the Aurora team has been trained in best practices for effective, confidential treatment protocol. This wonderful group of people have dedicated themselves to helping others find their way out of the darkness of addiction and into the light of recovery. Everyone at Aurora is treated with compassion and respect and we are deeply grateful to have such highly skilled, enthusiastic and kind people in all levels of our organization.

Leadership Team

Michael Bruneau

President & CEO

Mr. Bruneau, a self made entrepreneur, specializing in property development in Manitoba and Ontario for over 40 years.


Mike Blahy, chief operating officer of Aurora Recovery Centre

Mike Blahy

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Blahy,  born in Atikokan, Ontario bought his first hotel in Baldur, Manitoba in 1980.   Subsequently, he has owned and operated several hotels in Manitoba and Ontario.

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Anthony Joubert

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Joubert is a seasoned financial executive with a proven track record in managing the financial operations of organizations across various industries.

Kellee Reid RN BN

Aurora Staffing Solutions
Director of Care Detox Management Unit
General Manager

Kellee is a registered nurse who began her career at Aurora in 2020.


Gerry Verrier

Clinical Director

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Lisa Hancharek

Director of Activities & Events
Marketing & Social Media
Admissions Specialist

Lisa has been a part of the Aurora Team since 2017.  


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Chantal Klainchar

Reunification Village Program Director & Outpatient Counsellor

Wellness Team

Kevin Koroscil

Spiritual Advisor

Kevin brings his dedication to wellness and supporting people on their personal journey of spiritual discovery to Aurora.



Jacqui Kennedy

Massage Therapist

Jacqui has been a registered massage therapist since 2006.  


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Sheena Kilpatrick

Fitness Instructor

Sheena has been teaching fitness classes since 1997. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education.

Medical Team


Patty Medd

Nurse Practitioner

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Rhonda Anderson

Detox Unit Assistant

Gerri Lynne Cox

Onsite Intake Coordinator

Clinical Team

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Kyla Dalman


Ashley Casey

Ashley Casey



Tara Campbell

Counsellor/Knowledge Keeper/Indigenous Advocate

Erin McFee Clinical Associate

Erin McFee



Sandy Sisson


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Kyle Harvey


Dean Malcolm

Dean Malcolm



Geri Lawrence

Trauma Therapist


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Nicole Corriveau

Outpatient Counsellor/ Outpatient program facilitator

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Nadine Lagasse

ARC Outpatient Administrative Assistant

Administrative Team

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Nicole Levesque

Front Desk Executive

Teresa Thordarson

Front Desk Executive


Debbie Buskell

Front Desk Executive


Rebecca Johnson

Accounting Assistant


Diane Gallipeau

Accounting Assistant

Client Care Specialists

Silvia Harder

Client Care Supervisor

Edward Grant


Allynne Wolowich


Betty Jo Lake


Mike Steele


Mark Maire


Sandy Melquist


Richard Siwik


Jenny Voth


Jill Nomeland


John Atchison


Shauna Rutledge

CCS/Emotional Support Worker


Jamie Peterson - Executive Chef

Jamie Peterson

Executive Chef

Sarah Morgan

Kitchen Assistant

Jacqueline Lemay

Kitchen Assistant

Autumn Ehrich

Kitchen Assistant

Miles Nitchie

Kitchen Assistant


Leann Leduc Housekeeping Supervisor

Leane Leduc


Venessa Park

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Rachel Bjarnason


Tiffany Favell


Maintenance & Transportation

Stephen Wolowich

Head of Maintenance


Kevin Carter


Michael Johnson


Brian Spakowski


Darcy Lemay


Chris Arbuckle


Employment Opportunities

Aurora Recovery Centre is a private, residential addiction treatment centre situated on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. On 25 acres of private land, set in the serenity of nature, we are located one hour north of Winnipeg, in Gimli, Manitoba. We are committed to providing high quality treatment to each individual in our care. Through our recovery management systems, we ensure foundations are solidly built for sustained recovery. Many of our staff are in recovery and we bring empathy, expertise, and encouragement to each individual and family we work with. We believe every member of our team has a real impact on the care we provide. Our employees enjoy a meaningful, professional, and friendly work environment. We provide opportunities for personal and professional development and everyone is treated with dignity and respect at Aurora. We are committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion.

Aurora employs individuals in these areas:

We are currently looking for talented, enthusiastic individuals for the following positions:

Addictions Counsellor

Addictions Counsellor – 12 Step

General: Reporting to the Clinical Director, the Addictions Counsellor guides the progress of patients through a progression of recovery steps and is responsible for the implementation of a full range of counselling services consistent with the philosophy and intent of Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC). For more information about this position please email info@aurorarecoverycentre.com

DMU Nurse

Detox Management Unit (DMU)

Reporting to the Detox Nursing Supervisor, the RPN/RN/LPN (hereon referred to as Nurse) provides competent medical treatment and psychosocial interventions based on client needs. The Nurse is responsible for the implementation of Detox Management Unit (DMU) protocols to safely manage the detox process from alcohol and substances, in addition to helping identify and treat clients’ mental health concerns as members of the interdisciplinary team, consistent with the philosophy and intent of Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC).

For more information about this position please email info@aurorarecoverycentre.com

Client Care Specialist


Client Care Specialist (CCS)

General:  Reporting to the Client Care Supervisor, the Client Care Specialist provides support and aids clients  in their recovery progress consistent with the philosophy and intent of Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC).

May be occasionally required to work extended hours. May be required to work evening and weekend shifts.

For more information about this position please email info@aurorarecoverycentre.com



General:  Preparing and cooking complete individual and/or group meals.  Some meals may adhere to dietary restrictions.  Oversee kitchen operations, maintain inventory and records of food supplies and equipment.  Set up and oversee buffets.  Clean kitchen and work area, may also plan menus, determine food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, as well as monitor and order supplies.  

For more information about this position please email info@aurorarecoverycentre.com



Aurora Recovery Centre has the privilege of being located on the Western Shores of Lake Winnipeg, within Treaty no. 1 Territory.

These are the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota, and is the birthplace of the Metis Nation. We honor and respect the Treaties that were made on these territories in 1871 at Lower Fort Garry, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation, collaboration and healing.

Some of the sharing that has gone on over the years has included gratitude ceremonies weekly, sacred fires, Remembering loved ones ceremony which is a component of grief and loss monthly, full moon ceremonies, sharing circles, smudging, pipe ceremonies, drumming circles, water teachings, cedar baths, gender specific sweat lodge ceremonies, alumni sweat lodges as well as a variety of teachings. The sweat lodges are teaching, healing and sharing lodges. Some of the traditional work being done by our clients has included art, beading, making of medicine pouches, sewing of ribbon skirts, constructing dreamcatchers and the making of hand drums on an individual basis.

We also take the time to recognize, and pay our respects to events in our history and teach people about it from all walks of life. This might include recognition and acknowledgement of Orange Shirt Day or now known as Truth and Reconciliation Day. The events that took place in the Residential schools have affected those that attended but also the generations that have followed. We recognize them now as trauma and can be tied into understanding healing needed for those trauma’s as well as the addiction components.

This form is for family, friends and others with a loved one in treatment at Aurora Recovery Centre. For all other communication, please visit our contact page.

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