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
Always on the lookout for business opportunities, Denys sees to the development and growth of the organization. His vision allows the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (GCNWA) to effectively serve our communities according to our mission, but also to export our expertise to many Indigenous communities and private organizations. In addition, Denys plays, among other things, a representative role for the Nation. He supervises, manages and administrates the various funding programs, services and projects underway at the GCNWA. He is also responsible for supervising staff and ensuring that institutional values and established performance requirements are met.
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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

SCHOOL PROJECTS COORDINATOR
She initiates, manages and supervises Niona projects that are developed in collaboration with the educational community. Her mandate is carried out in particular through her role as head of the Table en éducation pour les jeunes Abénakis (Education Table for Young Abenakis), which brings together partners working in various educational environments. It acts as a reference-liaison between the educational and Abenaki communities.
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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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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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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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RAPHAËLLE O'BOMSAWIN

COMMUNITY WORKER - CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, FAMILY
Raphaëlle 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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MATHIEU LAFORCE

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Mathieu acts to develop and support Wôlinak and Odanak communities in their community actions.
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SONIA FISET

COMMUNITY WORKER
The community worker is present in FNCFS actions to provide support and encourage participants to consult the specific resources available. From this perspective, she is a non-specialized resource in listening and referral. She plays a specific role in promoting culture through cultural workshops and the integration of culture among 12-17 year olds.
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MARC-OLIVIER O'BOMSAWIN

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

CONTENT PRODUCTION OFFICER
She produces the content elements for all FNCFS actions, including projects related to the Niona component. She collaborates with the communications department to develop tools that provide information related to general social services.
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SABRINA FORTIN

PIVOT OFFICER - ACT C-92
Her mandate is to support all actions undertaken by the Governing Body and the working committees working for the implementation of Act C-92. It collects important information, shares it with partners, and ensures that stakeholders have the tools that can lead to the implementation of Act C-92 in the communities.
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MATHIEU O'BOMSAWIN

COORDINATOR - NIONA PROJECT WITH PARTNERS OUTSIDE THE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
He initiates, manages and supervises Niona projects that are developed in conjunction with partners outside the educational community. His role also includes sharing his specific expertise in cultural matters, particularly in terms of language, history, territory and traditions.
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KASSANDRA LEFEBVRE

RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE - WÔLINAK