Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak is the lead therapist and contract administrator at Jonah Counselling + Consulting. She is a Couple & Family Therapist & an Individual Counsellor (registered with AAMFT, CAMFT, & MAMFT 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. Prior to establishing Jonah, Kelly worked at the Addictions Foundation of MB as well as several other community based organizations. She has worked in community development and helping work for over 20 years, including providing therapy services and supporting mental health/wellbeing promotion in Northern MB Cree communities.
Kelly believes that spirit plays an important role in counselling work, and she counts it a privilege to help folks connect with their internal wisdom and expertise – their own local knowledge – which has been developing throughout their lives. She hopes that therapy supports people to author life stories that are not only congruent with their values and hopes, but stories that also support pathways to wellbeing for themselves and their communities.
While Kelly is registered with the MB College of Social Work due to current provincial regulatory requirements, she is not a social worker. Her registration with MCSW is limited to providing counselling. Her counselling training is rooted in Family Therapy and Family Systems training. Kelly’s education included training in Post-Structural and non-oppressive approaches, as well as 200+ hours of supervised counselling practice. Groups and agencies invite Kelly to consult about planning and research, or to offer facilitation and training, as a result of decades of community development work and engagement with a wide variety of wellbeing initiatives.
Dawn Chaput is Jonah’s Art Therapist. She is a community based artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Manitoba. She is completing 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.
Scott Turner is a youth, adult, and family therapist that practices with intention and care from all four aspects of human health and wellbeing: emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. Scott is currently completing the graduate research portion of the MSW-Indigenous Knowledge program. Scott has spent many years walking alongside youth in various roles.
He approaches therapy from a strength-based, solution focused, and narrative methodologies. Scott identifies as a settler Canadian and is an associate member of the Indigenous Helpers Society. He is on a decolonizing journey that acknowledges the role of Canadian history and how ongoing colonial realities continue to shape our shared world and individual stories.
Scott is an active helper in many community initiatives – if you spot his dented Nissan Frontier bouncing around on a Saturday morning, full of beds being delivered to families, please wave hello! For self-care, Scott enjoys exploring the natural world with friends and family, as he tries to better understand where we come from and where we are going. He enjoys playing guitar but is reportedly “…not very good at it!”
Heather Woodward works with youth and adults, and is working on her final project for the Masters of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledge (MSW-IK) at the University of Manitoba. She is registered and certified by the MB College of Social Workers. Heather discovered her love of helping others at a young age and turned an early dream of being a school teacher towards social work, which she has been doing for 18+ years
Heather has spent her career working directly with children, youth and families, including women and men impacted by violence or involved with street gangs. She has had opportunities to support folks experiencing many forms of complex trauma (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual), as well as in their struggles with substance or alcohol use. Heather also has experience working with and offering support to families and individuals living with realities associated with FASD.
Heather approaches therapy from a wholistic perspective; seeing wellbeing as a result of our physical, mental, emotion and spiritual health. Her own personal journey led her to discover a passion for fitness and movement, which she loves to incorporate in therapy relationships.
Heather is energetic, and laughter is usually present in her work with people and families. She believes that each of us is an expert in our own life, and that everyone’s story is sacred and worthy of being honoured. Heather feels that it’s a privilege to walk alongside individuals, listen to their stories, build strong relationships, and play a role in empowering people, families, and communities.
Ogai Sherzoi is on Maternity leave until spring 2019. She 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.
CULTURAL SUPPORTS AT JONAH
Carey Sinclair is Jonah’s Traditional Knowledge Keeper. Carey is from Pukatawagan Cree Nation, and carries many teachings and healing practices. She supports both clients and practitioners at Jonah to work in culturally safe and supportive ways, bringing in other teachers, elders, and helpers as needed. Carey is a Reiki Master who has many healing gifts, and these are shared with the community through Adego-Giizis Reiki and Healing, located at Jonah. (see Wellbeing and Wooden Pipe Lodge pages for more info.) She is called upon to offer support and healing at many community events, ceremonies, and programs. Carey also works at Ndinawe, and has received extensive training in mental health, counselling, and trauma informed practice. Carey is a mother, grandmother, and yogi who loves to learn and be outdoors.
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT AT JONAH
Brendan Bernardin-Dvorak is co-owner of Jonah Counselling & Consulting. He’s our financial administrator and technical expert; he’s in the background of all of our daily operations. Brendan also coordinates research and support tasks related to our consulting work and facilitation opportunities.
Brendan loves being a support to a helping organization and seeks opportunities to contribute not only at Jonah but in the larger community. He holds a degree in History from the University of Winnipeg, where he focused on Canadian studies and decolonizing our collective understanding of history. He looks forward to someday pursing graduate studies in Food History and continuing to learn about the land we live and work on, and his responsibilities as a settler Canadian. Aaannd…. his passion for cooking and preserving is a frequent gift to our team and our clients!
Bea Denby worked in the corporate world in administrative support for 32 years, before returning to school and receiving a certificate in Addictions and Community Service. She retired in 2016, but she is happy to spend a few hours each week at Jonah. She has a passion for helping, which was first taught and displayed by her parents’ examples in her family and community. Bea is deeply compassionate, and brings a wealth of lived experience to our team. She does much more than administrative tasks, and our clients quickly learn that she remembers unique things about them, and is always willing to help.