Connie was born and raised in the Chilcotin by Roy and Gwen Mulvahill, who reside in the very small remote community of Chezacut. Connie attended Alexis Creek Elementary School, boarded in Williams Lake for High School and she furthered her education first through Caribou College and then later through UNBC and TRU in Business.
Outside of work, Connie enjoys spending time at home on her ranch, enjoying to spend the majority of her time outdoors. In the summer months Connie loves gardening, running and biking and through the winter cross country skiing.
Connie has been working at TNG since 2010 and was hired to help develop the Health Program at the Nation level. TNG applied to First Nations Health Council for HUB (Helping Us Build) funding. At that time the TNG started meeting with all six Health Directors from the communities. Surveys were conducted in the communities which determined where some of the gaps were. As a result the Nation was able to seek funding from Interior Health and First Nations Health Authority to employ staff at the Nation Level to provide services to the communities.
All of the Nation Staff listed on the website are a result of the funding streams that the Nation has been able to apply for. The Health Manager works very closely with FNHA and Interior Health and meet quarterly with other Nation representatives within the Interior Re-gion continuously seeking ways to improve the Health Service that are offered in community and in facilities like Caribou Memorial Hospital. The Health Website is intended to keep the Nation informed about the Health Services at the Nation level as well as at the community level
Megan is the community nutritionist and diabetes educator with the Tŝilhqot'in National Government. She provides nutrition education and counselling, and works with communities on local food initiatives like community gardens and school food policies. She partners with regional and provincial groups to work towards reducing health inequities experienced by Tŝilhqot'in people.
Lorna is a citizen from the Tl'etinqox community. She has been working with Tŝilhqot'in National Government for 3 years as the Health Programs Coordinator. In this role, Lorna assists with organizing workshops or training in communities for the Home Care staff. In addition to this she provides support to the Home Care Staff as well as linking them to the mainstream services for mental health and helps to connect Band members with mental health professionals or services.
Wanda Charleyboy is from the community of Tsi Del Del and has been working with TNG Health since the fall of 2018. Wanda's back ground is nursing and is currently working for the Nation on special projects involving Interior Health Authority, First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Health. Wanda enjoys time with her family, her horses and the outdoors.
Dakotah Casey is TNG's Health Liaison working to offer individualized support and positively influence the health of the nation. Dakotah is someone Tsilhqot'in members may call for help with advocacy, guidance, connecting with other support services, or to provide emotional support. She supports the health of the nation by facilitating events promoting health centres, Cariboo Memorial Hospital, local services and TNG health.
Dakotah was raised off-reserve in Clearwater, Kamloops and Yellowknife but has roots back in Tsi Del Del, where her grandmother was born and raised. Dakotah has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria where she majored in Psychology. She has experience working with First Nations Health Programs in Whitehorse General Hospital and Indigenous Student Services at Royal Roads University in Victoria. Dakotah is grateful for the opportunity to both reconnect culturally and to give back to the Nation.
Donna is a licensed dental hygienist specializing in scaling to remove plaque and calculus (hard and soft deposits) from the tooth surfaces and polish stains from the teeth. A dental hygienist is focused on prevention and treatment of oral disease which affects the supporting structures of the teeth and is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Donna assesses the condition of the teeth and oral tissue and her job is to make the mouth as "bacteria free" as possible through education and teaching appropriate tooth brushing, flossing as well as nutritional counseling which plays a big role in prevention.
Laurie is a Mental Wellness Counsellor for the Tŝilhqot'in National Government, working with children, youth, adults and elders in Yuneŝit'in and Xeni and youth in Tl'esqox. She is originally from Vancouver, but has recently relocated to the Tŝilhqot'in from Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, where she worked with a variety of populations with diverse needs in clinical, school and community settings. With her background as a body-centered, trauma-informed, Creative Arts Therapist, Laurie draws from creative and counselling approaches to support each person’s unique needs. She incorporates movement, dance, music and storytelling as healing tools in the therapeutic process and to help people connect to their own special way of moving and expressing. Her main goals are to be present and guide each person to a place of healing, while offering new patterns for resolution and hope.
Hana is a child and family counsellor working in TsiDelDel and Tletinqox since 2016, who lives at Tatlayoko Lake. She uses methods such as Expressive Arts, Play, Sandtray, Music, Poetry and Nature-connection to help people express what is in their hearts and on their minds, to feel better, to problem solve and to see a better way forward. She works with yoga, dance and movement as well. Hana loves to be outdoors, camping, hiking, canoeing, and also loves writing, making music, singing, and making films. Her film The Moving Child can be found at www.themovingchild.com. Hana's music can be found at www.hanakamea.com. It is a great honour for Hana to be working for the TNG and all the communities with such great teams of people.
Melody Curle is from Quesnel, and has lived in Williams Lake since 2001. She has been working in the counselling field for over 20 years. Melody was previously employed with the Interior Health Authority and currently has a private practice where she provides counselling and consulting services. At this time, Melody work in the communities of ʔEsdilagh and Tl'esqox, assisting people in whatever way will be most important for them. Some of this work involves past and present trauma, grief and loss issues, anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, addictions and mental wellness. Melody feels that it is an honour to be a presence in the communities.
Since 2010, Lisa has been living with her family in Tatalyoko and working as a community therapist for TsiDeldel and Tl'etinqox communities. She helps people focus on what is important to them, improve personal awareness, and grow skills that benefit all relationships and living well. Lisa works 1:1 and in groups with adults, couples, and families. Her special interests and training are in human development, land-based healing, working with complex trauma and addictions, and community facilitation on important issues like organizational dynamics, conflict, family violence, addictions, parenting, and wellness.
Daniel is a counsellor for the Tsilhqot'in National Government, currently working in Yunesit'in, Xeni, and Tl'esqox. He is trained as a Creative Art Therapist and offers a range of art and body-based techniques to support children, youth and adults facing a variety of challenges including stress, adjustment difficulties, self esteem issues, identity, anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties. Daniel's trauma informed practice focuses on harnessing creativity and spontaneity as a means to explore new perspectives, broaden expression, and enhance tolerance for life's challenges and instability.
My name is Michelle Francis and I work as an Adult Community Counsellor in Tl'etinqox (Anaham). I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC and a Registered Art Therapist with CATA. Originally I come from Ireland but have been in and out of Tsilhqot'in area since 2015, finally deciding to move here in 2016. I was working in Ulkatch (Anahim Lake) for 2 years as a Child and Youth Counsellor and started working in Tl'etinqox in October 2018. In my work, I combine western clinical mental health methods with traditional idigenous knowledge, always ready to learn about Tsilhqot'in culture, history and language. I hope to serve the Tsilhqot'in people to the best of my ability over the coming years.
Tyler has worked as a Physiotherapist in the Tŝilhqot'in communities since early 2014, initially at the TŝI Del Del Health Centre, then including Tl'esqox and ʔEsdilagh with visits at regular intervals, every two to four weeks. Members living in Williams Lake also have access to community Physiotherapy every two weeks.
Tyler provides treatment based in Manual Therapy for mobilization and stretching, Acupuncturefor pain control and Therapeutic Exercises to maintain high levels of function while building physical resiliency.
Tyler has taken special interest in assessment and treatment of Concussion and other Traumatic Brain Injury, completing extra training through Complete Concussion Management. Working closely with organizations to provide baseline testing for athletes and workers at high risk for concussion, we have been able to promote physical activity without the long term risks of repetitive concussions. He is happy to meet any new community members who would like to speak about their physical wellbeing, in managing old injuries or preventing chronic disease.