Health & Social Services

Jump to: L.I.F.E Services Centre  |  Main Receptionist  |  Health & Social Management  |  Social Services Administrator  |  Child Wellness Promotion Worker  |  Community Support Worker  |  Healthy Lifestyles Worker  |  Community Health Representative  |  Community Health Nurse  |  Wholistic Health Coordinator  |  Outreach Worker  |  Family Enhancement  |  Family Wellbeing  |  Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services

L.I.F.E. Services Centre

Life Building

What does L.I.F.E. mean? Lasting Individual Family Enrichment.  

Located at 431 Hiawatha Line 10, the building was established and opened in 1999. The L.I.F.E. Services Centre is home to Health and Social Programs for Hiawatha First Nation, the community’s Child Care Centre, as well as showcasing the War Memorial Monument to honor our community members who have served. It also houses the Elders Room, where community Elders can come sit, meet and relax in a comfortable setting.

Please call main reception at (705) 295-4421 if you have any questions regarding the L.I.F.E. Centre, Child Care or any of the following programs offered here.Hiawatha Life Services Logo

Main Receptionist

  • Answer main phone line and transfer calls to appropriate staff
  • Greet and direct people to appropriate staff
  • Photo copying for staff and members (for a fee)
  • Coordinate publication of monthly Community Newsletter
  • Looks after the Video/Books Resource Lending Library
  • Book appointments for Natural Health Care, Massage, Healers, Activities and Events (as per the Participation Policy)
  • Booking for Lower Hall and Ball Diamond (Rental rates are available when calling)

Donna Paudash
Main Receptionist
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 200



Health & Social Management

  • Link between program funding, Council & Staff
  • Fasting Camps
  • Traditional Teachings
  • Mental Health Services

Tina Howard
Health & Social Services Manager
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 405



Sydney Bertrand
Health & Social Services Manager’s Executive Assistant
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 406



Social Services Administrator

  • Homemaking Program
  • Social Assistance/Ontario Works
  • Federal Family Violence Initiative
  • National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative
  • Federal Disability Initiative
  • Dance Outfit Making

Olivene Villapando
Social Services Administrator
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 407



Child Wellness Promotion Worker

  • Information and Awareness Nights and Workshops
  • Recreational Family & Youth Activities
  • Community Youth Centre
  • Local Agency Networking
  • Assistance and Advocacy with Respect to Child Protection Matters (working with Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society)

Katie MacDonald
Child Wellness Promotion Worker
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 222



Community Support Worker

Through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness, Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities Programs we are able to provide family violence services, referrals, support and case management to clients to address existing and emerging health, healing and wellness as well supports and encourages the healthy growth and development of children and their families. Organizes and facilitate’s community activities such as: Community Kitchen, The Grey Squirrels,Men’s Group, Men’s Kitchen, Nannies and the YMCA Program.

  • Support for traditional ceremonies
  • Peer support and counseling
  • Provide advocacy for services, ie: Housing, Court , CAS
  • Help clients with paperwork: court ordered, support payments, S.I.N., Birth Certificates etc.
  • Referring clients to outside and Aboriginal Agencies for additional supports
  • Attend appointments or home visits with clients/provide transportation when required

Kelli Lackey
Community Support Worker
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 223



Healthy Lifestyles Worker

  • Addictions Awareness and Education
  • Peer Counseling
  • Referrals to outside agencies for further support
  • Mom’s & Tot’s Group

Healthy Lifestyles Worker
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 413



Community Health Representative

All coverage for members through Non Insured Health Benefits have guidelines/criteria set out by First Nation & Inuit Health, such as limited use prescription medication and getting approval for such medications, funding limits on eyeglasses and dental work.

All Non Insured Health Benefits (General Information & Questions – 1-800-640-0642)

  • Medical Travel (local & long distance)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Dental – (1-888-283-8885) – Orthodontics – (1-866-227-0943)
  • Prescription Medication
  • Short Term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling
  • Medical Supplies & Equipment (thru NIHB program)
  • Assist with reimbursements and appeals where applicable

Other areas/programs for CHR:

  • First Aid/CPR course
  • Annual Rabies Clinic
  • Injury Prevention Initiatives (include programs with HFN police such as Bike Rodeo)
  • Any questions regarding fitness centre & trainers
  • Diabetes Education – (SOADI – 705-527-1560)
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Youth Sexual Health Fair
  • Foot Care Clinics

Lynn Wilford
Community Health Representative
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 409



Community Health Nurse

  • Provide Community Health Nursing programs and services to the community.
  • Provide resources or referrals when necessary.
  • Provide office or home visits for preventative health care to all members.
  • Conduct assessments in conjunction with the Home and Community Care Program.
  • Conduct after care services when required.
  • Provide health promotion and injury prevention workshops.
  • Organize family focused community health clinics.
  • Provide communicable disease information and immunizations to the community.
  • Provide pre-natal and post-natal services with the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

For a complete listing of health agencies and services within Peterborough County, click on the directory below.

Peterborough Health Services Directory PDF

Renee Harrison
Registered Nurse
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 418



Wholistic Health Coordinator

Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children:

  • Aboriginal families with children prenatal to 6 years of age
  • Home visits – monthly basis or when requested
  • Intake and information gathering of families
  • Development of a family support (if needed)
  • Provide information and education to the family
  • Record baby’s weight at every visit
  • Service coordination and referrals (when needed)
  • Aboriginal cultural approaches will be reflected or used as a part of the activities

Mental Health:

The focus of the Mental Health Program is: At-risk or high-risk children/youth and their families.

  • Making referrals to specialist or other appropriate programs
  • Provide Traditional participant-based activities/Workshops
  • Provide youth with education on bulling, self-esteem, anxiety, eating disorder and body image
  • Provide peer counselling

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:

  • Awareness and Prevention: Increase community awareness of how FASD affects the person, the family and the community
  • Any client diagnosed with FASD will have wholistic care within the community
  • Linking programs with Hiawatha First Nation, other First Nations and urban organizations that deal with FASD
  • Providing the community with the importance of proper childhood nutrition during community kitchens
  • To provide the community with FASD information at community events.(health topic)
  • Making referrals to specialist or other appropriate programmes
  • To hold a FASD Dinner and Speaker once a year
  • To provide our Youth with a presentation on FASD

Early Childhood Development:

  • Programs/services are focused on children 0-6
  • Supporting parents with children 0-6
  • Teach about the importance of healthy foods
  • Supports the role of parents and family as primary teachers and care-givers, helps to strengthen parenting skills and knowledge
  • Home visits – Once a month or when requested
  • Activities to encourage family interaction, literacy, child development
  • Provide support to children and families affected by FASD
  • Provide education on awareness of alcohol during pregnancy
  • Linking with the Community Nurse for support

Debbie Howard
Wholistic Health Coordinator
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 411



Outreach Worker

Ashley Olliffe
Outreach Worker
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 408



Family Enhancement

Krista Knerr
Family Enchancement Worker
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 412



Family Wellbeing

Christa Lewis
Family Wellbeing Coordinator
Phone: 705-295-4421 Ext. 33



Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services

  • Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services is a multi-service Indigenous wellbeing agency, providing a stable foundation for children, youth, and families, through wraparound services that are culturally-based and family-focused.

Phone:  705-295-7135