Children & Youth

The Working Hope Program

The Working Hope program is a counselling program for Indigenous children and youth 5 – 24 years old.  This program provides child and youth centered counseling based on four core Indigenous values believed to promote resilience among Indigenous children and youth.  These values are Belonging, Mastery, Inter-dependence and Generosity.

Belonging
Significance and cultural pride re-established through individual counseling, education, and outreach services. Goal is to reconnect youth with cultural identity and regain a sense of belonging. In this environment the issues of inter-generational trauma and addictions will be addressed.

Mastery
Competence/Life skills taught through nutritional education. Goal is to provide youth with life skills and healthy choices. More specifically, we hope to teach youth the importance of life and sacredness of the body; how to nurture how to protect the environment; the harmful effects of drugs & alcohol and connection with the environment and finally respect and thanksgiving.

Inter-dependence
Empowering children and youth through Healing & Talking Circles (group sessions). Goal is community development, increased sense of equality, & interconnectedness where embracing one’s community is an essential element of growth & development.

Generosity
The virtue of reciprocity will be taught through traditional teachings by Elders, along with participation in camps/sweat lodges, & other cultural projects. Goal is to encourage positive contributions to the community, learn traditional values, & the virtue of generosity.

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Program Services

Child and youth centered Individual counselling 5 – 24 years old

  • Creative Arts Based Play therapy for children through art, sand, storytelling, puppets & play
  • Arts-based counseling for youth through art, mindfulness, traditional teachings/methods

Group Counseling ie. Cultural life skills, healing circles/ceremonies with elders, Family Expressive Healing Arts

Child & Youth Clinical Support:

Staci Loiselle, M.Ed, C.C.C.
Youth Clinical Therapist
(613) 748-0657 ext. 249
sloiselle@wabano.com

Kathleen Panela-Seguin, BMT
Child Clinical Therapist
(613) 748-0657 ext. 228
kpanela-seguin@wabano.com

Linda Heritage
Clinical Therapist
(613) 748-0657 ext. 297
lheritage@wabano.com

Vanessa Stevens, M.A. (candidate), C.P (Q)
Walk-in Crisis Counselor
(613) 748-0657 ext. 253
vstevens@wabano.com

 

Other Youth Supports:

Mary Fisher Elaine Piche- MW Outreach 2016Elaine Piche
Youth Outreach Worker
(613) 748-0657 ext. 338
epiche@wabano.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Milks
Youth Systems Navigator
(613) 748-0657 ext. 247
amilks@wabano.com

Working Hope for Youth

“Rekindling Youth Spirit” – Youth in Transition Program blends Traditional and Western knowledge and helps youth to go through the stages of traditional Native development that they might have missed while in care.  The idea of this program is supporting youth in improving their life and transitioning successfully into adulthood.  The target group is First Nation, Métis youth, ages 16-24 (inclusive) who were deemed Crown Ward in their life time.  The goal of the program under the Working Hope is to support and empower youth in navigating multiple services and transitioning to adult systems of care with ease.  Creating an environment of empowerment…The goal of this program is to re-established cultural pride through individual case management, education, and outreach services.

YITW Referral Form

For more information, contact:

Sharon Beaudin
Youth in Transition Worker
(613) 748-0657 ext. 320
sbeaudin@wabano.com