Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak is the principal therapist at Jonah Counselling + Consulting. She is a Couple & Family Therapist & an Individual Counsellor (registered with AAMFT and the MB College of Social Workers.) She works with individuals, couples, families, youth, & children. She holds a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Briercrest Seminary. In addition to directing both Jonah Counselling & Consulting and Jonah Community Projects, Kelly spends time each month in the Northern MB Cree community of Pimicikamak/Cross Lake, supporting planning and program development related to Embracing Life and Supporting Wellbeing. She also works in Opaskwayak Cree Nation offering counselling services to youth and families. Prior to establishing Jonah, Kelly worked at the Addictions Foundation of MB as well as other community based organizations. She has worked in community development and helping work for close to 20 years.
Kelly believes that spirit plays an important role in counselling work, and she counts it a privilege to help clients connect with their internal wisdom, which has been developing throughout their lives – in order to help them author life stories that are not only congruent with their values and hopes, but also support pathways to wellbeing for themselves and their communities.
Ogai Sherzoi holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Manitoba. She works with a broad range of clients. Her love and compassion for others are the main determinants for all of her academic pursuits, including a Child and Youth Care Diploma, Human Ecology studies in Family Social Sciences, and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) She is also a registered social worker (RSW) through the MB College of Social Workers. As part of her graduate research, Ogai conducted a photovoice project with Canadian immigrants and refugees. This project shed light on the barriers faced by persons in these communities when it comes to accessing mental health services. Ogai also works at Addictions Foundation of Manitoba in youth treatment programming.
Ogai supports her own mental health by attempting to have balance in the various areas of her life. She practices mindfulness and seeks to be genuinely present in each moment. She sees a strong support system as an important aspect of wellbeing, and helps her clients strengthen their own networks of support, including accessing external resources and programs. Her work and her experience have shown her the deep resilience we all carry, and Ogai is committed to holding hope with her clients while they nurture and explore their own resilience.
Dawn Chaput is Jonah’s Art Therapy student practitioner. She is a community based artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Manitoba. She is studying graduate level Art Therapy at the WHEAT Institute, and her helping work brings together her artistic passions and her dedication to community service. She has worked in support of families and young children for over a decade, and enjoys bringing these skills to Jonah’s diverse clientele. She has worked with individuals, families, and groups at Victor Mager Family Centre, South Winnipeg Family Information Centre, Winnipeg schools, and the City of Winnipeg. Dawn was awarded the Bookmates Family Award in recognition of outstanding dedication and commitment to families.
Dawn has always been a lover of children’s books, especially because the illustrations and art can transport you to another world. She and her family (and sometimes her clients!) love the work of Shel Silverstein, because he is funny, wise, and simple all at once.
Dawn uses an artwork journal to support her own mental health, because she’s found that this is one of the best ways to be grow in genuine self awareness. Dawn sees a strong self-relationship as an important resource during times of struggle. She has found many ways to incorporate art and creativity in the wellness journey for herself and others.
Tara Mooney is a student service provider, enrolled in the MSW program at the University of Manitoba, with a background in Psychology and Religious Studies. She is a registered social worker (RSW) through the Manitoba College of Social Work. Her passion is working alongside young people as they discover their unique way in the world. Tara also works at the Addiction Foundation of MB, and is a member of the Action Therapy Team. She is available for youth and adult clients at Jonah, and works with youth and families in Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Tara strongly believes that in order for wellness to be discovered, the whole person, including their spirit, must be acknowledged. Tara has been a oskaabewis ikwe (helper) at The International Sundance in Libau, MB for several years. She has a deep respect and reverence for the First Peoples of our land. Tara utilizes a strength based, person-centered approach to helping work, and is certified as an Acu Detox Specialist.
Tara’s favourite place is the Canadian Shield and loves days spent canoeing the lakes and sitting fire-side at night. A perpetual breaker of healthy eating and exercise habits, Tara is constantly negotiating and re-negotiating what it means to find balance for herself. She is honoured to play a role in helping others find their own paths to wellbeing and balance.