Who are we?

FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

WHAT IS THE FNCFS PROGRAM?

FNCFS is for First Nations Child and Family Services, a program of social and community services provided by the Waban-Aki Grand Council.

Some Waban-Aki organizations also work to provide child and family services, including the CPE, the CPDA, the Band Council and the Health Center. All are important partners and share common goals, all offer complementary services. That's why the stakeholders involved are always working to coordinate actions in community to best meet the service needs of children, families and the community.

WHAT ARE THE SERVICES OFFERED TO CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY?

The main services (FNCFS) deployed are front-line services, which may also be referred to as community-based prevention services from time to time. The community intervention that will be done gradually through this approach aims to create social and community conditions favorable to the full development of children, young people and families. In short, it is about providing services that will contribute to the social development of Odanak and Wôlinak, with the aim of promoting the safety and development of children.

ARE THERE ANY EXAMPLES OF PREVENTION SERVICES?

Examples of prevention services that have been offered to communities in the Abenaki Nation to date include:

  • Access to front-line services and personalized follow-up (voluntary basis)
  • Access to a family room in each community
  • Groups of parents, support groups and diverse groups who have developed a particular project
  • Training on various subjects (parenting skills, family budget management, educational or community activities, etc.)
  • Activities or outings parents-children, grandparents-children, family
  • Speaker visits chosen or suggested by the community
  • Other suggestions and special requests from citizens or partner organizations.
 
Do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the team to obtain information or give us your suggestions.
 

"IT TAKES ALL A COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD."

OUR TEAM

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DENYS BERNARD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GCNWA
The executive director of the GCNWA ensures the administrative part of human resources and oversees the hiring of staff. He is also in charge of agreements with different partners outside the community and official communications. The Executive director supports the Child and Family Prevention Services manager in decision-making. The executive director provides the direction and vision in the medium and long-term.
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NIKITA ZEWSKI

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
The communications officer of the GCNWA has already been hired to the team and her job description is oriented towards youth and family projects. Thereby, the communications officer devotes her time to the mobilization, advertizing and information surrounding the project. Under the responsibility of the Child and Family Prevention Services manager, the communications officer supports the interveners in their communications and advertizing needs.
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MICHEL THIBEAULT

SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Michel is responsible for the management of social services and front-line services to the child and the family of the Waban-Aki Nation. He advises members of the FNCFS team on clinical intervention aspects and on interaction strategies between different resources in the communities and the FNCFS. In addition, he ensures that the methods meet a community-based approach and finally, he also advises the team on the most effective ways to implement the various projects developed.
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LAURE TARDIF

FRONT-LINE SERVICES COORDINATOR
Laure is responsible for training, service development and the DYP agreement and must ensure that services meet the needs of families in the community. She ensures consistency in front-line services. She also works with partners to ensure that consultation develops. Laure links clinical needs, community needs and the services that must be associated with them. She has a decision-making role in confirming the offer of services. She is also a youth protection respondent.
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VALÉRIE LAFORCE

NIONA COORDINATOR
Valérie oversees the operations of the Niona Project and interacts with the Niona program worker to ensure a place for young people who need an environment where they can practice their skills.
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JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOIT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOCIAL SERVICES
Jenny supports the management and the entire team in administrative actions.
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MARIE-JOSÉE BOISVERT

CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Marie-Josée guides the workers in their actions, ensures that appropriate practices are applied and assigns files to the social workers.
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MARC FAUTEUX

CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Marc guides the workers in their actions, ensures that appropriate practices are applied and assigns files to the social workers.
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AUDREY TRUDEL

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Audrey meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. She works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
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KARINE AYOTTE

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Karine is a community worker working on the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak according to individual, family or group needs. The services she offers are varied, ranging from evaluating a service request, facilitating group workshops, prevention and intervention. Whatever the problem, she will be happy to offer a follow-up and a quality listening service.
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ROSALIE L. CAPISTRAN

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Rosalie meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. She works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
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KIM O’BOMSAWIN

NIONA YOUTH WORKER
Kim supervises and works with the teenagers (12-17 year olds) part of the Niona program. She ensures that the objectives of the teenagers are achieved and that the members of the group accomplished themselves through the various projects developed.
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MATHIEU LAFORCE

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER - WÔLINAK
Mathieu acts to develop and support the Wôlinak community in its community actions.
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STÉFANIE O'BOMSAWIN GAUTHIER

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER - ODANAK
Stéfanie acts to develop and support the Odanak community in its community actions.
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SONIA FISET

COMMUNITY WORKER
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MARC-OLIVIER O'BOMSAWIN

IN CHARGE OF "ESPACE JEUNESSE" - ODANAK
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MEGAN HÉBERT-LEFEBVRE

YOUTH CULTURAL OFFICER (NIONA)
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SABRINA FORTIN

OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sabrina's mandate is to advise the Niona coordinator and support the overall development of the program.
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MATHIEU O'BOMSAWIN

PROJECT MANAGER
Mathieu works on the management and development of projects related to Niona.
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PIERRE-ALEXANDRE THOMPSON

PROJECT MANAGER JR
Pierre-Alexandre updates the projects on the field, in collaboration with the young people participating in Niona Project.
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KASSANDRA LEFEBVRE

RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE - WÔLINAK
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CAROLINE CARDIN

COMMUNITY KITCHEN COORDINATOR - ODANAK
Caroline is in charge of the community kitchen in Odanak.