Healthy People, Connected Families, Vibrant Community.
Strengthening the Health and Independence of our Children and Families through effective intervention, education and support services.
"Making sure the Footprints we leave behind are Ones our Children will be Proud to Walk In."
The Health and Social Services department is the largest department in the McLeod Lake Indian Band Organization. The department currently has 12 employees who work to make a number of programs and services available to our members on and off reserve. Health and Social Services department programs and services are funded through proposals, grants, funding from Health Canada and Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada.
The Health and Social Services Team strongly believe in the unlimited healing potential of the Tse'khene People, and we encourage, and celebrate helping one another and supporting each other as we grow a stronger community. Our Health Team strive everyday to offer our services with Kindness, Respect, Professionalism, Compassion and Understanding. Our Goal is to offer every service we can to support the McLeod Lake Indian Band members on their healing journey to becoming their best selves. If you have any suggestions for workshops or programs, Please share with one of our staff and we will be happy to look into making it happen.
Health Director: Meaghan Van Somer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MLIB Receptionist: Kathleen Weber (email@example.com)
Peter's Pantry in Mackenzie (please call Allison to make arrangements): During COVID 19 Pandemic, the Health Department will not be transporting clients; clients are required to provide a copy of their care cards to Allison Webster the Friday prior to the next Peter's Pantry pick up dates, and hampers will be dropped off at the client's home on the afternoon for the Peter's Pantry pick up date. Next dates are September 19, October 20, November 20 and December 16.
Medicine Walk: 9am and 1pm, every Thursday....leave from the band hall. contact Deborah or Allison for more information. If you are in need of soap berries, muskeg tea, willow for pain relief... Please contact Deborah or Allison.
Reiki and Theta Sessions: By appointment only... please contact Kim Harmison. Sandra Ware will be in the community from August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020, sign up sheets will be on the door of the Healing Room.
Raynor Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy: By appointment only... please contact Maria Orcherton.
Prescription pickup: Every Tuesday... If you need your medication picked up, please contact Allison Webster before 4 pm on Monday. Medication will be picked up on Tuesday and delivered to you the next day. Please note... the Health Department will not pre-pay fees for medication. If your Medication has a fee, please arrange with Allison the payment for medication before the Tuesday prescription pickup.
Community Nurse visits: Every other two weeks on Wednesdays, next date August 26, 2020. Please contact Allison Webster if you need an appointment.
Parent Support Group (Parent Circle): Wednesday's at 1pm... NOTE: due to COVID 19 health regulations and distancing requirements, this support group has been postponed until further notice.
Jordan's Principle Please click here to access information
Jordan's Principle responds to unmet needs of First Nations children no matter where they live in Canada. Different levels of government fund different services for First Nations children. As a result, it can be hard to figure out how to access necessary products, services and supports. Under Jordan's Principle, we can:
inform families about the help available for their child and how to access it
coordinate access to products, services and supports
provide funding when it's needed to make sure products, services and supports are accessed without delay
Please contact Allison Webster for assistance with applications for Jordan's Principle.
First Nations Health Authority Medical Travel - Prince George off reserve members click here for more information
Effective April 1, 2018: First Nations Health Authority will be delivering patient travel services for all non-Carrier Sekani Family Service clients living off-reserve in the Prince George catchment area. Please Contact Allison Webster if you have any questions.
Transformations Click here for more information
Transformations retreat is a four-day process that was created by Thomas Morris, that addresses the needs of First Nations persons. This program honors the traditions of the past with drumming, dancing, singing, smudging and walks on traditional lands. These are all ways that we integrate the process into traditional culture. At the same time, it empowers participants to create and embrace a healthy view of the future.
From the start of the program a safe place is created for participants to be open and honest and to experience themselves and community in new and transformational ways. Transformations Retreat is a gentle path towards healing and connection.
McLeod Lake has had many band members and staff members complete this program and we have had many success stories of healing and growth.
The Health Team would like to strongly encourage all McLeod Lake band members to take advantage of this amazing program. Program seats and fuel allowance is provided. The program is held at Ness Lake Bible Camp, which is located approximately 30 minutes west of Prince George B.C.
If any band members are interested, please contact Phyllis Maher, Addiction Counselor at the band office (250) 750-4415 ext.266. Feel free to check out the Transformation Retreat website for more information. Website address is www.transformationsretreat.ca
Upcoming Transformations Program Dates:
September 21-25, 2020
October 19-23, 2020
November 16-20, 2020
First Nations Health Authority and Blue Cross Transition for Health Benefits - Click here for FNHA Website
Do you know what medical supplies and equipment that BC First Nations Health Authority in partnership with Blue Cross covers? You might be surprised how much out of pocket expenses could be saved by reading what is covered. Some such covered expenses are: walkers, bath chairs, blood pressure monitors, nipple shields/ breast pumps, orthopedic shoes, canes/winter cane tips and more. Some things have price caps for specific amount of years. This is a First Nations Health Authority program provided through Blue Cross, although feel free to contact Allison the CHR to help guide you through the process if you have any questions on how to obtain anything listed in the approved list.
Meaghan Van Somer, Health Director
You can reach Meaghan at 250-851-5172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Branigan, Therapist/Family Worker
Counselling / Emotional Support: Counselling and emotional support are provided on a regular basis to the McLeod Lake and Prince George MLIB residents who may have concerns or challenges with substance abuse, grief, loss and/or how to develop healthier relationships.
Parent Support: A regular parent support group has been started called 'Parent's Circle'. The Parent's Circle is a space for parents/caregivers to share challenges and success's is parenting, and there are video's available to watch that showcase indigenous parenting principles and strength based parenting.
Dudes Club: Dudes Club is a peer mentoring support service in McLeod Lake. Activities are held in the evening, and in the evenings. Men can come to the band office and enjoy a movie night, meal, poker nights, woodworking/construction and other activities they enjoy.
You can reach Chris at 250-750-4415, or email email@example.com
Maria Orcherton, Indigenous Clinical Counsellor
Elder's support at Golden Eagle Nest Complex; home visits, activities to improve cognitive functions, mental health discussions, outdoor activities to improve mobility and strengthen the mind.
Mackenzie Secondary School Counselling for MLIB Youth: Once per week, attend the school to support youth in youth centered approaches to health, safety and future plans.
Raynor Massage: The primary goal is to relieve a person of residual tension/muscle tightness in an area of the body (caused by physical or emotional stressors) that can lead to a blockage or disruption in the flow of vital energy.
Reflexology: Application of pressure on the reflex points of the feet and hands to trigger the natural healing mechanism on the body. Reflexology improves blood circulation, improves body health conditions and well being.
Aromatherapy: Applying essential oil to the body for soothing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, PTSD, trauma, insomnia, stress, autism and pain management.
You can reach Maria at 250-750-4415, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Harmison, Income Assistance / Emergency Managment for McLeod Lake Indian Band
You can reach Kim at 250-750-4415 or email email@example.com
Crystal Lake, Daycare
Crystal Lake works with the McLeod Lake Indian Band's children at the daycare on IR#1. You can often find her at the daycare, applying for funding, planning curriculum or art projects or she is out with the little ones on a field trip. The daycare offers aboriginal infant and toddler development programming, as well as Preschool and 3-5 year old programming. In the summer, after school daycare programs in conjunction with the MLIB youth program are offered on a daily basis. Atsoo Georgina Chingee offers Tse'khene Language teachings and Cultural programs. The Daycare is available for any child under the age of 11, and drop in daycare services are offered for parents who have appointments outside of McLeod Lake...please call a day in advance 250-750-4522. Parents benefit from the services of the Daycare because the service provides a safe place for child care and education. The Daycare has an open door policy where parents are encouraged to check the monthly calendar for daily activities and events that are offered.
You can reach Crystal Lake at 250-750-4452 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany Chingee, Daycare
Phyllis Maher, Clinical Counselor / Health Supervisor
You can reach Phyllis at 250-750-4415 or email email@example.com
Kelsey Todd, Child and Youth Support Worker
Kelsey works primarily with the children of McLeod Lake Indian Band on IR#1. She supports them in any way that she can. This can be emotional support through counselling sessions, educational support through individual lessons on whatever they may be struggling with academically, or through advocacy and assistance when community members are seeking outside resources to help their family. She uses art therapy and play therapy with most of the youth she supports. She strives to make every session with youth as comfortable and fun as possible, and she is passionate about building true and honest connections with every child she works with. She would love to see the youth of this community have confidence in themselves and their abilities to go out and do great and amazing things. She hopes to make this possible for every youth by supporting them and encouraging them in their social and psychological needs. she creates a safe space for all children and youth in this community, a place where they can come and ask for help, a place to hang out and relax, and a place to help build their confidence. Another aspect of her work is supporting parents to identify what their needs are to better understand and support their children at home. Parents are supported primarily by providing resources and giving information that may help them to better connect with their young ones, and hopefully this leads to understanding the experience their child is having.
Kelsey offers, "I am insanely excited for winter (hopefully the arena is complete) as I would love to start up some skating lessons and shinny (hockey) games. I have been on skates since I was two and a half years old, and believe that through sports, youth can experience a great source of therapeutic stress relief as well as build confidence in themselves. I would also like to thank the McLeod Lake Indian Band Community as a whole for being so welcoming. I have never experienced such a warm and accepting environment, and I am truly grateful to be here. I cannot wait to see all of the amazing places the youth in this community will go."
You can reach Kelsey Todd at 250-750-4415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Webster, Community Health Representative
Allison helps members who are eligible to apply for funds and support through Jordan's Principle Program. She also supports on reserve members with medical travel, making medical appointments and she offers to be available to advocate for members during medical appointments when needed. Allison is available to assist members who live on reserve who need information about medical benefits and medical supplies and suppliers. She works with the Home Support Worker to set up visit schedules and work plans for the home visits. Allison works with all McLeod Lake Indian Band members on and off reserve to access benefits and support from Jordan's Principle and helps with advocacy and filling out paperwork.
You can reach Allison at 250-750-4415 or email email@example.com
Norm Strand, Home Support Worker
Norm provides home care to our Elders and disabled persons here in the Community. This includes general housekeeping, personal hygiene and meals preparation as necessary. You will often find Norm at one of our Elder's homes, making a meal or helping them to organize or clean their homes. He delivers meals on wheels to clients and members who are in need of the service... and often finds himself splitting wood and bringing it in for the people he helps. Norm also does the water testing in our community.
You can reach Norm at 250-750-4415
Sandra Ware, Reiki Practitioner and Theta Healer
Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing or biofield therapy. It is used for stress relief and to promote healing by activating relaxation responses and to help the person balance themselves on a body, mind and spirit level. Reiki stimulates the body's healing abilities. It is commonly used to ease pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression and stress.
Jo-Anna Johnston, Grant and Proposal Writer