SLNFC STAFF AND PROGRAMS
Hello, I am Deborah Munroe, Executive Director of Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre
Wasa-Nabin Youth Program (ages 13-18)
Coordinator: Christopher French
Hi, I’m Christopher. I have lived my whole life in the Sarnia area. I began my helping journey volunteering with Rebound as a young person before graduating the Social Service Work program at Lambton College and going on to work with youth, mental health, addictions, and homelessness. In my spare time I love theatre and video games, drink too much black coffee, and am a cat dad to a 6 year old Russian Blue named Johnny. I am the coordinator of Wasa Nabin, a self-development program for Urban Aboriginal at-risk youth ages 13-18. By accessing the services and supports offered by the Wasa-Nabin program, youth will learn goal setting, leadership skills development, and how to make healthy choices, ultimately leading to healthier lifestyles and personal success. Activities are culturally informed, and directed to improve interpersonal skills, knowledge, attitudes, and enhance values, to promote personal well-being.
Akwe:go Youth Program (ages 7-12)
Coordinator: Erica Lopes
Hello, my name is Erica and I coordinate the Akwe:go Program. This program provides cultural activities and a set of individualized supports and services to meet the needs of Urban Indigenous Children who are considered at risk or high risk. The Akwe:go Program will assist the youth by providing life skills to help guide them into adolescence. The Akwe:go Program services youth between the ages of 7-12. The Akwe:go Program provides individualized support services that meet the immediate needs of Urban Indigenous Children through activities that focus on social supports, health and physical development, institutional intervention, children with disabilities, and children in care.
Urban People Indigenous Program
Coordinator: Megan Humphreys
Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program
Coordinator: Nicole Roegiest
Hello! My name is Nicole Roegiest and I am the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Coordinator here at the centre. I graduated from Mohawk College and Brock University in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. My programs at the centre work to assist people of all ages and abilities to get to their healthiest self. We offer nutritional programs, including Wednesday lunches. Fitness and exercise programs such as Self Defence and Lacrosse for the youth. As well as a smoking cessation program. When I am not working I love to play sports, especially soccer, listen to country music, or be out on the water with friends!
Cultural Resource Program
Coordinator: Lisa Williams
Lifelong Care Program
Coordinator: Nancy Roy
Hi! My name is Erica and I am the Addictions Navigator Coordinator here at the Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre. I am a trauma informed and harm reduction focused Social Service Worker. I have five years experience working with individuals experiencing Mental Health, Addictions and Homelessness. I come from London Ontario bringing my knowledge and expertise to Sarnia-Lambton. I am a fully trained professional in the Red Path Addictions Program to support individuals with their addiction running group sessions or one on one programming. The Addictions Navigator is a trained professional supporting indigenous individuals who are struggling with addiction. The Addictions Navigator supports individuals from a trauma-informed harm reduction based lens. The Addictions Navigator focuses on meeting individuals where they are at and providing system navigation to get individuals connected to resources in the community, as well as facilitating programs like the Red Path Addiction program for those seeking support.