Northern Alberta

Dyan Harke, RN.
Northwest Alberta Team Lead, Edmonton.

Dyan Harke is a mother of two and grandmother of two. She has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years and spent the last 17 of those years working with Northern First Nations communities. Dyan delivered a variety of health programs, including Maternal Child Health and has significant experience helping families access various services both in her career and personal life.

Her compassionate and friendly nature paired with strong interpersonal skills made her a successful candidate as a Regional Service Coordinator. She’s looking forward to helping make an impact by ensuring every child has access to Holistic Services.


Jaspreet Atwal, BA CYC.
Northeast Alberta Team Lead, Edmonton.

Child and youth care practitioners work with children, youth and families with complex needs. Jaspreet is a graduate from Grant MacEwan University with a Child and Youth Care degree.

Jaspreet has an extensive background working with Indigenous children, youth and families in different areas of health, educational, and social settings, for the last 11 years. She has worked in and with residential treatment centers, community mental health clinics, community-based outreach and school-based programs, parent education and family support programs

Her focus in on developing relationships and building capacity amongst families, when it comes to navigating challenging systems. She is focused on helping individuals develop a variety of skills that will contribute to healthy and positive lifestyles.


Tina LittlechildTina Littlechild
Regional Service Coordinator, Maskwacis.

Tina Littlechild started with the First Nation Health Consortium in October 2017, for three-month interim. In January of 2018 she was hired full time.

She is a mother of three, two daughters, one boy all 7 years apart. She has two wonderful grandsons, one is in grade 10 and the other one is in grade 12 and graduating this year.

 


Josephine SalopreeJosephine Salopree
Regional Service Coordinator

Josephine Salopree is a member of the Dene Tha First Nations. She is compassionate about advocating on behalf of Indigenous families and is a mother of two children. Josephine earned her bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Concordia University of Alberta with an emphasis on psychology. However, she has experience in having worked in the education, health and social fields since returning to the area that she grew up in. Her favorite things to do are to take in the mountain sights, enjoy canoeing, reading a variety of genres, going for walks and experimenting with gluten free meals.


Sam LaboucanSam Laboucan
Regional Service Coordinator, High Prairie

Sam has been with FNHC since December 2018. He is equipped with previous experience in Child and Family Services.

Sam enjoys working with FNHC in his territory of Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council which services 5 Nations:  Kapawe’no First Nation, Sucker Creek First Nation, Driftpile First Nation, Swan River First Nation and Sawridge First Nation.

He sees firsthand how FNHC working under Jordan's Principle and focuses on making a difference for the First Nations and Inuit children.


Freda Alook
Regional Service Coordinator, Bigstone.

Freda Alook is a Regional Service Coordinator in Wabasca. She has worked in many various Human Services: she was a Council Member for Bigstone Cree Nation for 4 years, a Liaison Worker for the local High School and for Alberta Health, a Family Support Worker, Victim Service Coordinator, and Enhancement Worker for Child Welfare. All these work experiences make her a crucial asset to our organization.

She was born and raised in Wabasca and enjoys doing crafts and selling them to help with food for families that are in need in our community.

She and her husband have adopted a boy that has special needs and have three girls. The girls are grown and the boy is going on eight years old.

She values honesty and empathy in order to work respectively and effectively with people from all walks of life. 


Tammy IslandTracy Yuzicapi
Regional Service Coordinator, Bonnyville/Cold Lake area

Tracy is a proud Mom of 3 adult children. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Tracy brings over 10 years’ experience working with the Ministry of Social Services, Government of Saskatchewan. In 2011 she relocated to Moose Lake, where she was Manager of Family and Community Support Services with Cold Lake First Nations for 8 years, also serving as a Band Designate for 2 years. Tracy is committed to building and maintaining respectful, positive relationships with families, services providers and educators. Empathy, dedication and commitment to serving families and children are values brought forward daily in her work. In her spare time Tracy enjoys gardening, travelling, fishing and sports.


Jerica NykolyshynJerica Nykolyshyn
Regional Service Coordinator, Edmonton

My origins are from The Pas Manitoba and I lived on a Metis Settlement until my family relocated due to the oilfield. Now, I live in a rural community with my husband and my son.

I am passionate about staying connected to my roots, culture and generations with anti-oppressive, trauma informed practice.

I graduated from MacEwan University with my Social Work Diploma in 2014. Having worked with marginalized populations, I have worked many years alongside a Harm Reduction prenatal program as well as a year’s experience working as a Family Wellness worker for Children’s Services.

I truly believe in sustaining independency and that every family and individual are their own experts at their own stories.


Cherie Sturek

Cherie Sturek
Regional Service Coordinator, Lac La Biche

Cherie joined the First Nations Health Consortium as the Regional Service Coordinator with the North East Team.


She holds a diploma as Rehabilitation Practitioner and is currently working on her Bachelors of Health degree.

Cherie has worked in Northern Alberta for the past 16 years, with First Nations communities.

She was the NNADAP Director/School Counsellor for 8 years for Fort McKay First Nation where her 2 children; her 16 year old daughter and 13 year old son are band members, where she was also the Band Designate. Cherie has working with the Lakeland Centre for FASD as an advocate for the Mother to be Mentorship program. Cherie was also the Health Director in Heart Lake First Nation for 5 years.
Cherie has been in various positions as a Board Member, advocating for health services for all First Nations people, who she holds dear to her heart.

Cherie has extensive knowledge, experience, and dedication when it comes to working with all levels of First Nation Leadership, Indigenous Services Canada, Child and Family Services, and within Addictions Treatment Centres.  Cherie is a strong advocate for ensuring all children and families have the access to services and resources.

In her spare time with her kids, she enjoys travelling, quadding, outdoor adventures and is a very dedicated Hockey Mom!


Paris Gauthier

Paris Gauthier
Regional Service Coordinator, Lac La Biche

Paris is a proud mom of two energetic young boys.

Paris has recently joined our team at the First Nations Health Consortium. She graduated from Portage College in Lac La Biche, with a Community Social Work Diploma. Paris has experience working with babies, children, youth and families. She is a strong advocate, and leader who is kind hearted and sincere, which makes her a great addition to our North East Team.


Verna White

Verna White
Access Worker, Maskwacis.

Verna White is an Access Worker in Maskwacis at Health Services Building.

She is from Ermineskin Cree Nation, Maskwacis and is a proud parent of four, blessed with eight grandchildren. her hobbies are spending time with family and friends, enjoying their selected sport activities year round.

She believes every child has a voice to be heard when it comes to specific needs and wellbeing, she helps by gathering required documents when submitting for Jordan’s Principle.

She is happy and privileged to be part of this important team and looking forward to helping.


Tammy IslandTammy Island
Regional Service Coordinator, Sturgeon Lake 

 

Tammy Island is a Regional Services Coordinator based out of the Sturgeon Lake Office. She joined the FNHC Team in July 2018.

Before joining the organization, Tammy worked for 18 rewarding years in Community Health delivering a number of services, program delivery, as well developing and implementing health promotion & health education for her First Nations Community in Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation.

The personal values that Tammy embraces are compassion, equality, and humility.  Whether working with families or colleagues, she believes in building trust, harmony & mutual respect.  She is honored to provide advocacy and support for our First Nations Children and their families in her role within FNHC.

Tammy & her husband Melvin have 3 grown children named Shayne, Cheyanne, and Kentin.  They raised their family in Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation.  Tammy enjoys family time & visiting with extended family & friends.  She also enjoy collecting owls & sharing laughter.


Kayla KlattKayla Klatt
Access Worker, Edmonton

Kayla is an Access Worker in Edmonton and started with the First Nations Health Consortium in July 2018. She has worked in a variety of roles with Indigenous youth and families for over 8 years. Kayla is very warm-hearted and loves assisting children and families to make sure that the child’s specific needs are met.  As Kayla has an Indigenous daughter, she has experienced and witnessed the major gaps in services that Indigenous children encounter.  Her main goals and values working with the First Nations Health Consortium are to provide unconditional support and continuing advocacy to the families, to bridge the gaps, while keeping the individualism of each child.”


Lisa Badger,Lisa Badger, BA CYC
Access Worker

tanisi, I’ve been blessed with always having jobs in the helping profession, advocating for children and families. We are all on this journey and need someone to walk beside us. Children and families are where my heart has always been, especially with Indigenous peoples. I enjoy connecting with people each day and helping them through the process. I have over 10 years of experience in serving the community, resolving conflict, and providing guidance for those in need. I am dedicated to training in Indigenous trauma and healing, children, and family needs. I have experience in crisis intervention and providing support in mental health. I carry a diploma in Mental Health and a degree in Child and Youth Care.

I am honored to be a mother of two, and I am from the beautiful Territory of Treaty No. 8, Sucker Creek First Nation. I grew up on my nation and spent a lot of time with my Kokum. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traditional healing, advocating and educating for inclusion and celebrating our differences. hiy- hiy.


Miranda Bourque,
Receptionist, Edmonton.

Miranda Bourque she is a member of Bigstone Cree Nation. As the receptionist and administrative assistant she is passionate to make a positive change in lives for First Nation and Inuit children.

She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren. They both work full time in the ministry and believe with Gods unconditional love, anything is possible.

Through her passionate and kind-hearted nature she is a proud ambassador for the First Nations Health Consortium with a drive to help the children who are in less fortunate situations.