Barrie Native Friendship Centre

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Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children Coordinator - Debra Waylen, ext. 215

The Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program offers support to Aboriginal families prenatally and until their child reaches 6 years of age. The program attempts to ensure that all Aboriginal families and their children who need assistance with physical, mental, emotional, and social issues have access to early intervention services. To provide accessible services to families, the  program is delivered primarily through home visiting. The AHBHC program is completely voluntary and open to any Aboriginal family that also requests immediate emergency assistance.


Aboriginal Family Support Program - Valarie Wood, ext 210 
This program is for children ages 0-6 years old and their families. We offer programs and services which include: Community Kitchen,  Brown Baggin It and Kids in the Kitchen: which are hands on activities that focus on nutrition and encourage healthy family and community interactions. Creative Cultural Play Group, Parent Relief and Parent Circles: the play group fosters a positive cultural identity through play, language games and positive peer interaction for both parents and children. Parent relief provide time for parents to engage in self-care, make appointments, etc. Referrals, Home visits and case conference: is to ensure that all the different needs of families are addressed.


Akwe:go Program Coordinator - Malorie Gerrard, ext.213
This program has been specifically designed to provide a comprehensive program to at-risk urban Aboriginal children between the ages of 7-12. The goal of the Akwe:go program is to provide urban Aboriginal children with the support, tools and healthy programming which will build upon and foster their inherent ability to make healthy choices. The main purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life of urban Aboriginal children through the delivery of culturally appropriate programs and services. 


Wasa-Nabin Worker - Shelly Genereaux, ext. 243

Provides services to youth 13-18 years of age. This program offers tools and healthy activities which will build and foster there ability to make healthy choices and to improve the quality of their lives though the deliver of culturally appropriate service and programs. Clients are required to set a date, to come in and do an intake where the youth will discuss challenges and/or barriers that they are facing. Support includes: General Social Activities, Youth in Care, Streetwolf Program, Healthy Eating and Physical Development, Education, Justice Intervention and Violence Prevention.


Aboriginal Health Outreach Worker - Wayne Monague, ext. 207

The goal of the Aboriginal Health Outreach Program is to ensure that the health needs of the Aboriginal community members are addressed by undertaking health promotion, education and linking with Aboriginal cultural resources and mainstream health providers. The AHOW will liaise with other Aboriginal and mainstream health service providers/ agencies to increase access to client services and to increase Aboriginal representation on health decision-making bodies. Aboriginal cultural approaches are reflected and/or used as a part of the activities and services.  


Aboriginal Healing & Wellness Coordinator - Arlene McKenzie, ext. 216

The Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Coordinator is responsible for providing services to families and children most at risk in the urban community of Barrie. These services include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, peer counseling, mediation, advocacy, transportation (limited), referrals to woman and children’s shelters, drug and alcohol treatment centers, therapeutic counseling services, trauma recovery programs, food banks as well as internal referrals to other program staff at BNFC. Also offers Ojibway language teachings and weekly hand drum circles.


Apatisiwin Employment & Training - 

The Apatisiwin Program provides opportunities for urban Aboriginals to better their economic lives through culturally based services in an employment focused partnership environment. There are 13 assets based interventions such as: apprenticeship skills training, community based projects, cultural industries, employment supports, labor marketing partnerships, on-the-job training, pre-employment training, training supports, purchase of training, Canada summer jobs, stay in school initiative and youth internship. For eligibility please call to find out if you fit in this category.


Aboriginal Criminal Court Worker - Charmaine Nolan, ext. 203

The Aboriginal Criminal Court worker assists Aboriginal people (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) regardless of status, non-status, on/off reserve, that have come into contact with the criminal justice system to ensure that they receive the best available legal and justice related services throughout their court appearances. It is equally important in this position as the court worker to reduce the sense of alienation experienced by Aboriginal people who are in conflict with the law and to help bridge that gap between cultural, social and language gaps between them and the justice system.


Aboriginal Healthy Living Coordinator - Amaru Mendez, ext. 204

The intent of the UAHL is to improve the health and well-being of the urban Aboriginal people, to help decrease risks of developing health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The variety of different programs include fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation and smoke free living.


Aboriginal Life Long Care - Tammy Roberts, ext. 208
The Life Long Care Program intends to improve the quality of life and the living conditions for all Aboriginal people who require Life Long Care. The Program worker provides a holistic approach to long term care that incorporates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Through the understanding of Aboriginal teachings, Life Long care can enhance and improve the quality of life and the living conditions for all Aboriginal people requiring long term care. The goal of the Aboriginal Life Long Care Program is to assist frail, at risk and vulnerable Aboriginal people with disabilities and degree of chronic illnesses, and/or require acute/chronic continuum of care to remain within their communities while ensuring quality of care and appropriate support systems for their families.


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