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's experience in remote Indigenous communities in Labrador and Nunavut provides decades of practical responses in areas of domestic violence, child welfare, mental health and addictions, with a high emphasis on community consultation. These front line experiences have helped shape Brenda's passion for influencing social work service delivery in the context and principle of cultural meaning.
These masters level skills have evolved to help to meet community, regional and provincial health care mandates that are Indigenous specific and prevention focussed. In October 2018, she launched a 12-week anger management program that supported the principles of trauma informed care in an adult residential addictions treatment program.
As an experienced clinician, Brenda was designated to lead mental health supports during a long period of loss by suicide, provide clinical intervention and assessment skills and provide recommendations for capacity development in crisis team management.
Brenda's unique cultural, working and educational experiences brings nuances to meaning making within the context of relationship building and materials are presented in a solution-focused manner.
Ruby Peterson CCC
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.