Cultural Ceremonies and Services
Mindy is an active member of the Aboriginal community and has been walking the spirit path for several years - learning the spiritual and traditional ways, including smudging and drumming, from her native elders and pipe carriers. It is a widely held Aboriginal belief that these traditional healing practices help center and cleanse individuals of negative emotions and facilitate the reconnection to native tradition and cultural practices.
Robyn Hazard RSW, MSW
Growing up both on and off reserve and being a second generation residential school survivor has given Robyn a unique perspective that allows her to connect well with her clients. She has been with Alsusuti for almost 7 years now, providing mental health services to our Indigenous clients. Holding a Masters of Social Work degree Robyn has years of work experience in many facets of human services from counselling and family supports to child protection and adult special needs. Her varied experiences have only enhanced her counselling abilities.
Michelle LeBrun BBA, MSW, RSW
Michelle has been providing clinical services to Indigenous peoples since 2012 and has been a member of the Alsusuti team since 2018. Her practice is centered on balance, interconnectedness, holistic well-being, and honours traditional knowledge. Michelle brings with her experience in the areas of domestic violence, youth in care, crisis management, Indigenous community work as well as post-secondary education and employment sectors. Michelle regularly delivers workshops on a variety of topics in mental health, culture and wellness and is passionate about continuous learning.
Brenda Gear MSW. RSW
Brenda joins us from the from the beautiful lands of Nunatsiavut and Newfoundland/Labrador. She is an Indigenous, Inuit woman and an experienced, trauma informed, social worker with a great deal of experience providing mental health services in Indigenous communities.
In her career, she has also used her knowledge, skills, and experience to further community, regional and provincial health care mandates that are Indigenous-specific and prevention focused.
Although currently employed with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, we are pleased to welcome Brenda to the Alsusuti team on a part-time basis.
Ruby Peterson CCC, RSW
Ruby is from the 'Namgis First Nation with 25 years of experience working with Indigenous peoples. She combines evidence based therapeutic practice and well-established Indigenous teachings to guide you to your internal wisdom and healing from the impacts of inter-generational trauma.