Mental Health Outreach Worker
‘Be happy no matter what life throws your way’
Joanne joined the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre in September 2002 to become a Mental Health Outreach Worker. Her drive for wellness and dedication to helping people is shown through the many areas of healing she utilizes, including traditional counselling and alternative healing programs. Joanne continues to network and partner with other agencies and communities to learn about new techniques and treatments.
Joanne’s strong leadership skills, multi-tasking abilities, good listening skills and patience aided her in the enhancement of programming by adding the Traditional and Alternative Healing Component.
Born in Cedarvale, British Columbia, Joanne completed her schooling at Northwest Community College. Joanne’s journey led to the transformation of her life while enabling her to become part of the solution. Joanne is a sweat lodge woman and keeper of a sacred pipe and has earned the right to facilitate community sweat lodge and fasting ceremonies.
Joanne is mother of two sons and two daughters and also proud grandmother of four very unique and wonderful granddaughters. Joanne lives for being a good “Gramma” and to have a cabin in the woods. There she would continue collecting rocks, hiking in the mountains or along the rivers and streams as well as gathering medicines. Joanne also enjoys photography, reading and expressing herself through writing poetry.