Community Wellness Workers in sixteen communities put the needs of the local Métis community first through the implementation of client driven services to reduce family violence and the promotion of healthy lifestyles through culture-based programming.
Community Wellness Workers assist clients in identifying concerns and assist them in developing action plans to address the concerns. This is achieved by sharing appropriate information with health and social agencies and through community events like crisis intervention workshops; sharing circles and community outreach that educates and promotes cultural awareness and illness prevention. Whenever possible Métis specific cultural approaches are integrated into the programs delivered. The Coordinators also provide participant-based services related to reducing family violence through fitness and recreation; walking groups; nutrition or foot-care clinics/workshops as well as Healthy Eating/Community Gardens. Holistic approaches to good health also include traditional ceremonies that promote stress-relief and gatherings like the Harvest Meal that promote traditional family activities and promotes healthy eating.
The Coordinators also promote information sharing between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations like mental health centres; shelters; and treatment centres to increase client access to local services.
ContactsSimon Bain, Community Wellness Worker/AHWS Coordinator, Métis Nation of Ontario
Phone: 905 450 4844, 905 867 2481
Fax: 905 450 8308