Crisis Team Builds on Personal Experiences and Understanding to Support Community
The Mînî Thnî Crisis Team combines current and traditional 24-hour comprehensive crisis and rapid outreach services for the Morley community.
Working alongside other Stoney Health departments and local first responders, the RCMP, the Stoney School Authority, Stoney Nakoda Child and Family services to provide mobile interventions, immediate safety and short-term support for individuals/families faced with challenging circumstances, such as family violence, grief and substance use. The MTCT support team will have the knowledge and skills required to effectively assist individuals, families and community members impacted and affected. Join us at our open house on September 1, starting at 12 pm at the Chiniki Community College.
Trevor Tailfeathers, Crisis Support Lead
Trevor was born and raised on the Blood Tribe First Nations Reserve in Southern Alberta. He was an active member with the RCMP in 2001 for fifteen years and later released on honourable medical discharge from duty. He has worked and developed strong working relationships with elders, teachers, and administrators at reserves in Hobbema (Cree), Gleichen (Blackfoot), Morley (Stoney Nation). He was a policy analyst at the Secwepemc Children and Family Services (SCFS) for the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations Reserve in Kamloops, BC. As a policy analyst, he applied for grants through Indigenous services Canada that focused on Indigenous health and health disparity, and have been involved in financial planning, forecasting, and reporting. He has recently secured a $75,000 COVID-19 pandemic grant to address food security, internet, and mental health services to urban First Nations members and he has also advocated for system change to enhance the way we service children and their families. He is currently a crisis coordinator for Stoney Health Services where he provides rapid, effective responses to crisis situations in the community.
Alanna Kaquitts, Community Outreach Liaison
Family is everything to Alanna as the oldest of six siblings and herself blessed with two beautiful children. She is all about SELF CARE and cites TV binge watching, blasting music in her car, travelling, exploring and adventure as her main ways to unwind.
She's held a number of administrative roles, including most recently with the Eagles Nest Stoney Family Shelter and Hobbema Dental and completed certificates as a health care aid and medical office assistant.
She's so excited to continue in her role as community outreach liaison where she'll combine her administrative and organizations skills with her love of meeting, connecting and working with people. She notes with pride how much she's grown professionally and personally in her role and is looking forward to what's next.
Savannah Holloway, Victim Services Support Worker
Savannah was born and raised in Morley, but spent a few years in Ontario while attending high school. She gives an equal shout out to both sides of her family - the Holloways (her mother's maiden name) and Labelles (her father's last name). An avid athlete, Savannah loves most team sports - hockey, baseball, and volleyball - and can even be found on the rodeo grounds. Savannah has worked in child and family services for several years - both in Morley and in Mackwacis - and now looks forward to tackling her new role as a crisis support worker where she can apply her creative problem solving skills and previous career experience to support the community.
Shylance Twoyoungmen, Community Support/MTCS Mobile Worker
Pride in family is a shared theme across the Crisis team. Sharing her home with her partner and stepson, Shylance (prefers Shy) comes from a large family who tragically lost a brother earlier this year due to illness. She is also a proud member of the two-spirit family in the community and is fluent in Stoney.
Maintaining an active lifestyle appeals to Shy - getting outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking - all top her list of hobbies. She also attributes sports and physical fitness to her determination, discipline and patience. She's most excited about 'being challenged mentally and emotionally' in her new role. Adding, "Being able to help my community and give support to the Nation. It's not enough to simply say 'I'm a great fit for the role,' I also see an opportunity to learn and grow these skills."