We Help Women Recover
Westminster House provides affordable addiction recovery and treatment programs for youth girls and women healing from addiction. The programs have a proven success rate and an excellent reputation of supporting clients to permanently exit addiction, returning to their families, workplace and their lives.
The Ultimate Goal for Westminster House Clients:
Recovery from drugs and alcohol
Improved overall physical and mental health
Improved family and social relationships
Access to educational and employment opportunities
Westminster House Society’s strategic objective is to help she/her/they recover from addiction. We do this by providing a community–based social model recovery program in a safe and supportive environment, based on the principles of the 12 steps
Mission, Vision, Values
Our symbol of hope: an acorn has to hit the ground hard in order to break open, grow, and reveal the strong oak within.
Women do recover; the journey starts here.
Westminster House Society is committed to addiction recovery for she/her/they through a continuum of programs and services for individuals, families, and organizations. Our supportive community is a safe place to start a recovery journey while learning to become productive members of society.
Inclusive: Provide non-discriminatory treatment
Consistent: Clients know what to expect
Respectful: Everyone has a unique past and journey to recovery
Inspirational: Our personal recovery stories motivate others
Leadership: Our staff acts in a way that encourage others
Women do recover
Recovery is a lifelong process
The 12-Step program offers the best post-treatment recovery
Clients benefit from a supportive home-like therapeutic milieu
Clients benefit from concerned, competent staff who are knowledgeable about addition
We prepare 5 meatless meals per week
No plastic water bottles are used in the facility
The 12-Step program offers the best post-treatment recovery
We have a full recycling and waste management program
Westminster House Society is a charitable Non-Profit Society, Incorporated in British Columbia and is the parent organization under which Westminster House and all its programs operate. Founded in 1981 as the Julien House Society, the organization was named in honour of the highly respected BC-resident Dr. Walter Julien, a well-known dentist and member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
The Society was created by a group of caring and compassionate members from the local AA community as well as concerned local business people. After a few years of looking for the best way to make a difference, they settled on the need for a safe house to be established for women recovering from alcoholism.
In 1985 the Society leased a temporary home in New Westminster, BC and Westminster House opened its doors as a ‘sober house’ for women. Eventually, the program grew, and a permanent house was purchased through a Human Resources Development Canada grant.
As Westminster House grew in size and reputation, it continued to offer women in search of abstinence from alcohol and drugs a more formalized, holistic approach to recovery.
In 2015, Westminster House officially changed it’s name to Westminster House Society. Today the program offers a wide range of services for women and their families.
Westminster House Program now offers a full continuum of care and includes Primary and Second Stage Care: daily group therapy, written work, educational sessions, life skills, wellness and individual counseling and Transitional Living and On-Going Recovery.
After completion of their program at Westminster House, clients are encouraged to become alumni. They can then volunteer, join event committees, and share their experience with new women who are entering the recovery program and “give back”. The centre is a permanent sanctuary where alumni are welcome any time.
Alumni Spotlight – Marja S.
Alumni Spotlight – Ashley N.
Spotlight – Barbara Veller
Board Of Directors
Mr. Emerson’s roles have included senior management positions and directorships. Scott brings a background in finance, business development, strategic planning and corporate restructuring to our team. An active member of the board for 10 years, Scott has been President of the organization since 2011. During this time, he has worked closely with Westminster House to double its client capacity, expand its programs and ensure affordable treatment and a home-like environment is delivered to all clients.
When families are dealing with a loved one struggling with addiction their lives are filled with chaos and heartache. This is where Michelle’s passions are – reaching out to those families and walking alongside them as they heal. Michelle has been involved with Westminster House for over 4 years and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Family Group meetings.
Michelle has enjoyed a rewarding career, served on various boards and after a brief “retirement” has joined her husband’s business in the investment & insurance industry.
About being elected to the Board of Directors: “I’ve received so much from Westminster House, I’m grateful to have this opportunity to give back and hope to make a positive impact.”
This year Westminster House welcomes back director, Mary Broadland to the board of directors who is an experienced realtor with a background in the marketing and advertising industry. Mary brings her strong professional skills in strategic planning, negotiations, advertising, integrated marketing, client service and management to Westminster House board of directors.
Secretary / Treasurer
Lisa’s journey with the Westminster House started in 2016 as a client and is now a proud alumnus. Recovery has been the greatest gift she has given to herself, her family and her friends. Lisa has gained so much in life due to the support and knowledge she received at the Westminster House and is honored to give back by being apart of the Board of Directors. Lisa has previous experience as she was a community board member of a neighborhood house. She has worked for the Vancouver School Board since 2006 as a School and Student Support Worker which has taught her to be collaborative, patient, empathetic and attentive.
Joining the Board of Directors at Westminster House
If you are looking for an incredibly rewarding and meaningful way to give back, please contact our nominations committee “here” to send an inquiry for a board position.
Westminster House board of directors is a governance board model. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities but the day to day operations of the organization is the responsibility of the Executive Director. Westminster House Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. We are currently speaking with persons who have a passion for the Westminster House’s vision and mission to sit on our Board of Directors.
Please note that Westminster House board positions are not a paid position.
To contact our Directors please e-mail