The Cree Health Board is extremely pleased to welcome five new mental health nurses. The new hires will be based in Mistissini, Wemindji, Eastmain, Nemaska and Chisasibi, providing these communities and their CMC teams with more consistent and locally based mental health support.
Wachiya to nurses Maryse Doyon (Mistissini), Pauline Leblanc (Wemindji) Adnane Bendada (Eastmain), Martine Vincent (Nemaska), and Diane Blueboy (Chisasibi). Sandra Thibault, a specialist mental health nurse clinician, will act as a coach.
In addition, Marie-Louise Snowboy (liaison nurse for child psychiatry) and Sylvain Provencher (mental health liaison nurse for Inland) will both be working closely with these professionals.
Last week, the nurses began a week of training in Montreal. Highlights included a cultural safety class with psychologist Suzy Goodleaf, and a lesson in Cree history by Solomon Awashish. This week they are in Chisasibi for week 2 of their training and cultural orientation.
The nurses will start working in their new home communities over the next month. Please say hello and welcome them when you see them in your community.
From left to right: Martine Vincent, Pauline Leblanc, Maryse Doyon, Adnan Bendada, Diane Blueboy, Sandra Thibault, Sylvain Provencher, Marie-Louise Snowboy. Photo by T. Philiptchenko.
For more information about Mental Health services in your community, visit: http://www.creehealth.org/services/mental-health