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Elder's Council

Our goal as a Métis child and family service agency is to ensure that children’s safety and family wellness services are delivered to the Métis children and families in a manner consistent with our Métis values, traditions and way of caring for and honouring one another. Our Métis Elders are our teachers who will guide us in transforming services and help us accomplish this goal.
The role of the Voices of the Michif (Métis) Elders (VME) is to provide mentor-ship to social work practice and to ensure that Social Workers, Family Support Workers and Caregivers caring for Métis children and youth are providing services to our children/youth and families consistent with our Métis values, beliefs and traditional ways of being.

Michif Elder's Council

Fred Paquette

Elder Council Member  

Joyce Munroe

Elder Council Member  

Lynda Tilley

Elder Council Member  

Patrick Savard  

Elder Council Member  

DORY LABOUCANe

Elder Council Member  

MARIE ZWINGLY 

Elder Council Member  

LEA BECKER

Elder Council Member  

DeeDee Hurd

Elder Council Member  

DOLLY ODINSON

Elder Council Member  

Don Beauchesne

Elder Council Member  


Michif Board 

The Board is comprised of Directors with an elected slate of executive officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer). The Executive Officers or Executive Committee are empowered to act on behalf of the Board, in a limited capacity, between board meetings. As LMO has a very small Board, you may not have the formality or the full structure of other boards.
The Board fulfills traditional functions:  
  • Setting the strategic direction for the organization, 
  • Reviewing the conduct of the organization’s business and 
  • Providing assessment of the Executive Director, who is responsible for day-to-day operations.   


Michif Board Members 


Jennifer Casorso

President 

ELLEN Ahdemar

Vice President 

Patrick McDonald

Secretary

Denise McCuaig

Treasurer 

Colleen Lucier 

Executive Director


Administrative Team

The role of the Michif Administration Team is to provide the office with all supports. These roles are vital to ensure that everything in the background is taken care of for all staff, and business can run smoothly and efficiently.  

Michif Admin Team


Colleen Lucier

Executive Director 

Rhonda Millwater

Office Manager/ Human Resources

Rene Cojuangco


Finance Manager 

Renee Colman

Team Assistant/ File Clerk

Carol Sonneson

Team Assistant/ File Clerk

Angie Phillips

Administrative Assistant 


EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Our Michif Early Childhood Development Services consists of two programs:
1) Indigenous Supported Child Development and
2) Indigenous Infant Development. These programs are designed to help parents, service providers and family members provide the best possible start for their Métis children. In addition to providing one-to-one support LMO is also delighted to offer a variety of drop-in programs all geared towards nurturing strong, positive attachments between children and their mothers & fathers. Please contact the our office for the most current programs. 

Michif ECD Team 


Mackenzie Papp

ECD Team Leader

Kat Moss

Michif Early Childhood Development (ASCD)

Danielle Malcolm 

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

Darlene Garay 

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

Leona Larsen

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

Nicola Lovas

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant

CHILD/YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AND FAMILY WELLNESS


Our Child and youth mental health teams utilizes a holistic approach while addressing the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of children, youth and families. In addition, the program is designed to ensure life promotion for all Métis families by building meaningful connections and reminding children/youth who they are as proud Métis people.
Our Family Wellness is delivered in a manner consistent with our traditional Michif values of such as respect, compassion, and generosity. Our staff are dedicated to assisting parents achieve goals that will contribute to the safety and well-being of their children and family and remember the strength and resiliency that they carry within them as Métis People. Through a variety of support services, it is our hope to instill hope and possibility during what may be a difficult time in a one’s journey as a mother or father.

MICHIF CYMH AND FAMILY WELLNESS TEAM

Nicole Mercado

CYMH and Family Wellness Team Leader & Wellness Clinician

Melissa Chalmers

CYMH Wellness Counsellor

Sharon shuter

Wellness Coordinator

Deanie Stevens

Michif Family Wellness Support Worker 

Jacqueline Driver

Michif Family Wellness Support Worker 

Lexa Smerdal

Michif Family Wellness Support Worker 

Lee Florence 

Michif Family Wellness Support Worker - Merritt


KINSHIP AND COMMUNITY CAREGIVERS

The teachings of our ancestors and contemporary research reinforce the importance of instilling within a child a sense of belonging and how doing so contributes to a child’s healthy development and serves as a profound protective factor throughout a child’s life. Our Michif Cultural Services Program is committed to providing opportunities for our children and youth, particularly those placed with a caregiver to develop positive connections to their families, community, and cultural identity as Métis People.

MICHIF KINSHIP AND Community CAREGIVER TEAM 

Reshie Moss

Team Leader

TRISHA CRUICKSHANK

Community Caregiver Social Worker


CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES 

In October 2017, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services became the second delegated Métis child and family services agency in the province of British Columbia. With the support of our Métis Community and Nation, we are working together to develop and deliver a culturally safe, Métis specific practice model to transform and improve outcomes for our Métis children and families involved with the child welfare system.

Guided by the principles of reconciliation, we wish to develop respectful relationships with those we serve so that together we can contribute to healing and wellness within our families and keep our most precious gifts, our children, safe. 

  • Make a Report

    For any child protection concerns please contact Centralized Screening : 1-800-663-9122

  • Child/Youth Helpline

    If you are a child/youth and would like to talk to someone call the Helpline for Children 310-1234


Michif Child Safety Team


Reshie Moss

Team Leader and Child Safety Worker

Jennifer Friesen 

Child Safety Worker

Courtney Sambray

Child Safety Worker

Charise Coutu

Child Safety Worker

TIA STANLEY

Child Safety Worker

Pearl Madore

MCF Coordinator & Guardianship Worker

Jody Kidder

Michif Cultural Support, Services Practitioner, Cultural Coordinator


INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND HOUSING SERVICES 

A New Beginning is a center which welcomes Indigenous youth between the ages of 16 and 27, who require support to become independent. We offer one to one support as well as a safe space for youth to gather, socialize, prepare food, use wifi, access a computer, phone, common area TV and video games. We also have access to food to take home, toiletries, harm reduction products, clothing, showers and laundry. The Center is a safe, culturally friendly space that is inclusive to all Indigenous youth. They are welcome to spend time engaging with each other, the youth support workers or their own activities.

INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND HOUSING team

Seanna Proulx

Housing & Youth Team Leader

Cheyenne Gentles

Youth Housing Assistant

Justene Dion-Glowa

Youth Support Worker

Bonnie Walsh

Youth Support Worker

 

Daylan Kidder

 Youth Support Worker

Daryll Laboucan

Youth Outreach Worker