Melissa Puff

Kimowan Peyesis IskwewMother of one, with another on the way, Pigeon Lake, Maskwacis, Alberta “My greatest hope for the community is that we will rise above the inter-generational effects of colonization, genocide, and abuse. That we might see healthier families flourishing and setting examples and healthier youth to guide our future generations into a new …

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Chloe Ferguson

Director “Our greatest hope is that the mothers and babies and broader family networks that are involved in the Early Years go on and grow up to know their worth. That they continue in their lives knowing that they are valued as people, that they have something to offer, and that there is a whole …

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Rebecca LaRiviere

Lead of Instruction & Training. Rebecca is Red River Metis from Treaty 1 and an Early Childhood Educator (ECEIII). “I know that all it takes is just one dedicated person in a child’s life to make a difference. It motivates me to help people identify their own gifts and empower children, parents, and staff to …

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Heather Downie

Program Manager.Heather has worked as a nurse in Maskwacis since 1997 and is now the Program Manager of the Early Years. “The Early Years is a positive spin on health care teaching and provides families with tools and strategies to build on. The community has so many strengths and this program compliments them and allows …

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Kelli Ward

Maskwacis, Alberta. “I am proud that the Early Years program allows me to share my knowledge about beading with the program participants. With teaching them this skill, I hope to see them teach their children in order to keep traditional skills alive in our community.”