The NAN Hope team is made up of more than 20 Wellness Navigators and On-Call Counsellors. Wellness Navigators are the primary contact for NAN members who reach out by phone, text, live chat, or Facebook. Wellness Navigators provide navigation to existing community-based and regional support services and connect members to confidential counselling support. On-Call Counsellors are available to provide rapid-access counselling support. Counselling is available for anyone in the NAN region experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges.

Bob S is a Traditional Cree Counsellor with a lifetime of work across Canada in Indigenous Mental Health, Wellness and Healing. He has an in-depth understanding and use of traditional methodologies to promote healing and wellness, and he is very knowledgeable in the importance and function of Elders, Medicines, Teachings and Ceremonies in his work and life. His experience is extensive, including contractual employment with various NAN communities, Cultural Camp Coordinator in Canada and Alaska, Elders Services and Traditional Healing programs. Bob has earned Facilitator Certificates in “I’m a Kind Man” and Fatherhood/Motherhood, Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate and Indian Teacher Education Diploma. He is a valuable member of the NAN Hope team offering counselling services and support in Cree and English. 

Ruth has a 15-year career in education as guidance counsellor and resource/alternative education teacher and has worked and lived in First Nation communities across Canada, most notably in Kashechewan First Nation on the James Bay Coast. She has extensive experience working with youth and communities, has participated in learning opportunities in areas of holistic wellness, experiential/outdoor education, Indigenous history & culture and traditional healing, and has completed training in a variety of courses including Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and suicide prevention. She works in partnership with all clients with a holistic, trauma-informed and person-centred care approach.

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Annie grew up in Southwestern Ontario surrounded by a number of First Nations communities (Bkejwanong, Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit, and Aamjiwnaang) and was grateful to learn from and share many experiences with members of these communities. Annie has spent years working in suicide intervention and prevention, rapid access crisis counselling, and with clients with dual diagnoses. Most recently, she worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside providing support with housing, harm reduction, employment, and transitioning into community from the corrections system. Annie works out of a holistic, trauma informed, humanistic framework, and her professional interests include intergenerational trauma, crisis, and addiction. Annie is not the only member of her family interested in mental health care – her golden retriever, Memphis, is a trained psychiatric support dog.

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Madison’s spirit name is Waabi Anung/White Star; Madison is Metis and from the Eagle Clan. Madison grew up in a small town in Northwestern Ontario and calls Thunder Bay her home. Madison recently graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work. Madison is continuing her educational journey and pursuing her Master of Social Work designation also in the Indigenous Field of Study. Madison is excited to walk along this helping journey and support people through their healing process.

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Val began her career in the social field working in a day care center after graduating from George Brown College in early childhood education. Later she worked in child welfare, in a women’s crisis shelter and as a social service administrator managing a wide range of community services. She broadened her interest by working at the Chiefs of Ontario as the senior social policy analyst before moving back home to become Chief of her community for three terms. She found herself working for the Anishinabek Nation as Director of Social Development, and later as a political advisor to the Grand Chief. Valerie has also worked as the Health Director in her community and most recently as the comptroller for her community trust before taking on the role of Jordan’s Principle Navigator. Val loves working with people, and is able to draw on her skills and experiences as a certified life skills coach and from her Indigenous knowledge and trauma informed care training to provide a wide range of support to individuals, families and communities towards a valued lifestyle in whichever manner a person chooses.

Allana was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree in Child,Youth and Family Studies in Guelph, Ontario. Before starting her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto, Allana worked on a First Nation in Southern Ontario as a Family Well-Being Coordinator, Jordan’s Principle Navigator, and a Band Representative for child welfare on the Territory. She believes that working alongside community members in these capacities was a privilege, and a gift, shaping her subsequent educational and career paths.

Allana has a wide range of experiences she pulls from when working with service users, such as experiential learning, horticultural therapy, forensic mental health and crisis support. Allana will soon be a Registered Social Worker (RSW) and looks forward to growing relationships and capacity with the NAN community through holistic, culturally safe, and trauma-informed support and service navigation.

At different times in our lives, we are handed challenges, and are faced with adversity. In these situations, we may feel like we need some support; someone wise and compassionate who can provide the opportunity to be heard, and the necessary guidance to move forward. You may be dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, problems in a relationship, grief/loss, trauma/post trauma, addiction, parenting, separation/divorce; or maybe you have just lost direction and feel like you need some realignment. Psychotherapy, coaching, or a combination of both can offer you the opportunity to explore difficult or confusing terrain, to understand what your struggle is trying to tell you, and to choose what directions in life you would like to take.

If you want to put your past in the past so it no longer controls your present or future well-being, and/or you realize you have visions and goals for your life but need some help to uncover the barriers or blocks and be respectfully prompted in the right direction, your sessions with Lillian will provide you with access to what you need to get the results you are looking for.

Angus studied Addictions Counselling and Social Work at McMaster University. He is a Registered Social Worker in private practice, who also does mental health and addiction work, as well as some coordination of services in Kashechewan First Nation on the James Bay Coast. He has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 18 years in both direct service and management roles in treatment, prevention, harm reduction, crisis and case management. He uses a strengths based, solution focused approach to helping with aspects of CBT and DBT. He is a big believer in mindfulness and the mind-body connection and recently completed a trauma-based yoga teacher training. He is also a certified ASIST Suicide Intervention trainer.

Elizabeth Gauld is a Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor who has been practicing for the past 14 years in south western Ontario providing support to individuals, couples, families and groups. Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology from York University.

Elizabeth’s rich life experiences enable her to relate to clients with diverse experiences, backgrounds and goals.  She works with each client as a unique individual, according to the client’s distinctive timeline, choices and goals. 

Elizabeth offers counselling in the areas of anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, stress, grief/loss, trauma, substance abuse/addiction and personal growth.  She works in the rehabilitation area helping individuals cope and recover from trauma and pain. Elizabeth also has experience in the business world in the Human Resources field and offers career counselling to individuals.

She has an eclectic practice, offering a variety of psychotherapy techniques personalized to meet the individual needs of her clients.  These include Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioural, Behavioural, Interpersonal, Solutions-Based and Psychodynamic therapies – to name a few.

Lindsay holds a Master of Social Work Degree and is a Registered Social Worker with diverse experience. She strives to support those who have experienced trauma, abuse and loss. Lindsay believes it is a privilege to listen and walk alongside her clients in their mental health journey. When working with Lindsay you can expect a genuine caring, accepting and compassionate approach.
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Pamela works with general mental health challenges, is trained in ASIST, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Triple P, working with LGBTQ2S+ clients, and Indigenous Cultural Safety (recently completing the San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Health (ICS: Health) Online Training). Pamela is a certified Mood Disorder Therapist, a certified Addictions Counsellor, a Certified Traumatologist, and specializes in Adolescent behaviours.

Chloé achieved her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Health and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and member of the Ontario Association for Social Workers. Chloé offers counselling in both official languages to adult individuals including survivors of historical or recent traumatic events and women survivors of sexual violence.

Chloé’s practice is anchored in providing individuals information and experience to strengthen their relationship with themselves, others, and the world. This includes building capacities for purposeful decision making and agency. Her approach is interdisciplinary, client-centered, and integrative in body mind and spirit.

Iris provides a safe and supportive environment where you can learn how to cope with challenging situations in your life and learn the strategies and skills you need to create meaningful change and undertake emotional healing.

For over 13 years, Iris has worked with adults, children and teens either as individuals, in families or in couples.

Iris’ counseling approach includes Adlerian, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Gestalt, emotion focused therapy and hypnosis including mindfulness, spirituality, meditation, stress reduction, and body-centred psychotherapy. Iris uses the strategies and modality that best suits you to help you heal and move forward from where you feel challenged.

Chris D obtained a Masters of Social Work from Ryerson University in 2017 and has been in the field for 9 years. Chris has worked in a variety of settings including; homeless shelters, harm reduction programs, addiction treatment facilities, court support, housing, and employment. Chris currently provides program coordination in Dalton Associates Indigenous Services division in northern Ontario.

Deborah is a trauma informed Registered Social Worker,  who lives and works in Waterloo, on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and within the territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Neutral peoples. Debbie has practiced in health and social service programs for over thirty years, supporting diverse individuals and families experiencing life transitions, loss, anxiety and depression. Debbie is committed to listening and supporting from a respectful understanding of cultural safety, as she joins the NAN Hope team.

David K is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, a clinical fellow with the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. David has operated his private practice as Klauke Counselling Services since 1998. Prior to starting his practice, David worked as a minister in a local church for four years and then returned to school to complete his BA in Sociology at York University and his Masters of Divinity at Tyndale Seminary.

David’s interaction with clients in therapy draws from the perspective that people are physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual beings. Clients, and their issues, are considered within their larger circle of relationships and within the varied contexts of their life. David’s approach considers both the intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions as he works with clients.

David’s education and career has followed the themes of relationships, systems and communities whether it be ecological, pastoral, spiritual or in family. David’s undergrad is in ecology and he has taken Master’s level training for counselling and pastoral care at Tyndale College and Seminary. Further Masters level counselling courses through the University of Guelph has brought David to becoming a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist. David practices in the Muskoka area in Ontario and loves the outdoors. David works with people a lot in regards to relationship counselling, first responders, trauma, loss and addictions.

In recent years, David has been having more and more contact with Indigenous people in his work. These opportunities continue to grow to serve northern communities, including with the NAN Hope project.

My name is Claudine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Certificate in Criminology from Memorial University of NL. She also has a Masters of Education Degree in Counselling from the University of New Brunswick.

She offers 20+ years of quality therapeutic and consulting experience are what I offer to you. Claudine’s commitment is to serve you in the counselling, consulting and coaching process in a way that is respectful to you. She has spent many years working with children and youth, as well as providing support to the adult population, in an empathic way. Her goal is to enable you, the client, to become the catalyst for your own transformation.

Elke ( pronounced Elk-“a”)  Scholz, MA, RP, REACE, is a registered Psychotherapist, an internationally registered Expressive Art Consultant/Educator,  and internationally certified EMDR Therapist treating trauma.

She believes that each person has a wealth of creativity and innate intelligence that can lead to the ability to achieve his or her dreams and/healing. She addresses the need for listening—to ourselves and to others.

She has worked with Canada’s Indigenous population for over 25 years, privately, facilitating groups, and through NIHB.

Elke has spent 35 years working with people, since 1980.  She can be with clients in their darkest, hardest times. Her acute awareness and high sensitivity are tremendous assets for her clients and make her distinctive in her field. Her calm approach invites a comfortable space for people to feel acknowledged and begin the journey to heal

She is the well-known author of 3rd edition, Loving Your Life, Anxiety Warrior Vol One and Vol Two,  resource books for anxiety.

Jennifer graduated from Lakehead University with a BA. Jennifer started with Nodin as a Youth Worker, and then went into children’s mental health work. Jennifer moved back to Thunder Bay and worked at Talk for Healing as an on-call mental health counsellor. Jennifer also currently works as a Suboxone Counsellor (drug addiction) in Summer Beaver, ON, as a Matawa Mental Counsellor, as a Choose Life Mental Health Worker in Kingfisher, ON, and as a Nodin Crisis Worker.

Noah speaks Ojibway. Noah was a school counselor in the north for three years. Noah went to high school, plus has taken a counseling program and studied theory and practicum. Noah has been in crisis for almost 3 years.

Kathy speaks Cree. Kathy went to Bible college, is a pastor, and has worked as a counselor for over 20 years in northern communities.
Christina speaks Ojicree and can understand most dialects. Christina has a college diploma in Mental Health. She has close to 50 years experience working in the mental health field, including 7 years on Nodin’s trauma team. Christina’s expertise is around addiction and treatment.

Melanie has a Masters in social work. She was on Nodin’s trauma team for 6 years in crisis. When not working her trauma contract, she has been full time in crisis for the last year and a half.

Maggie has many years of experience working in the field including crisis and trauma teams.

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