Stoney Health Fair 2022

Stoney Health Fair 2022

Stoney Health Service’s Health Fair | Mark your Calendars! 

Stoney Health Services is excited to bring back our community health fair Wednesday, September 14 
10am – 3pm 
Bearspaw Youth Centre

After the pandemic, it’s time to remind the community of all existing health and wellness programs, with an emphasis on mental health and addictions education, resources and support. This year’s theme is resiliency.

Stoney Health Services will close all locations and there will be no appointments available on September 14.

More details to come!

 

2nd COVID booster now recommended for adults 18+

Eligibility of COVID-19 vaccinations expands for 18+

Anyone 18 years or older is now eligible and is recommended to receive a 2nd booster (4th dose of a COVID vaccine).

Vaccine clinics continue to run Monday to Friday at the Stoney Health Centre, 10 am – 3:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. No appointment required.

Note: Stoney Health Services is waiting for directions on COVID vaccinations for children 6 mos – 4 years, following Health Canada’s recent approval. Stoney Health Services will update our information and vaccine eligibility as soon as we can.

Mînî Thnî Community Connection

Mînî Thnî Community Connections

We’re excited to provide the first issue of Mînî Thnî Community Connections delivered free to all Stoney Nakoda community members and available online.

This bulletin will be published six times a year (July, September, December, February and April). If you would want to submit content, news, events or items of interest, the submission deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. 

The deadline to submit for the September 2022 issue is August 15. All submissions are subject to review, approval and editing standards. Contact Stoney Health Communications @ communications@stoneyhealth.com.

Download the full issue (PDF format) or view individual pages below.

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Lab appointments required July 1, 2022

Lab appointments required starting July 1, 2022

As of July 1, 2022 any Stoney Health Service’s client who requires lab work must book an appointment with Stoney Health Service’s reception, either in-person or by calling 403-881-3920. This includes clients who require any lab work following a same-day visit with a physician or other healthcare professional at the Stoney Health Centre. Stoney Health will assist clients in the order of their appointment booking time. Drop-ins, without appointments, are no longer accepted.

Following an appointment, clients will be escorted back to the main reception area and directed to reception staff to schedule a lab appointment. Same day appointments may be available and will be encouraged.

MMIWG2S March 2022 | Standing Together to End Violence against Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-spirit People

May 11 | The Mini Thni community stood together to end violence

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Meet the Team: Administrative Team

Administrative Team

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Ahmed Faied, Finance Officer

Ahmed returns to the Calgary area after living in central Canada - Toronto and Montreal - for the past few years. He's worked in accounting, finance and tax for more than two decades in several different industries including IT, real estate, oil and gas, auto and public accounting.

Originally from Egypt, where his mom and three sisters live, Ahmed moved to Canada in 2007 when he first developed an interest in working for the Stoney Nation. He has had a passion to help First Nation communities grow, develop and progress with time and appreciates First Nation's cultures and traditions that are similar to his pharaonic background.

His interests are many. You'll find him cooking, shopping, playing tennis, watching movies or heading out on a long drive when he has free time. Obviously, he enjoys the daily commute from south Calgary. Numbers are his passion and his life-long commitment. In fact, so much so that he's quick to note that he's married to the numbers. He loves being able to translate financials and numbers to non-financial people and help organizations to continue and last long-term.

Ahmed steps in to the role of finance officer while Tracy Chu takes an extended leave of absence. Welcome Ahmed!

Meet the Team: Community Health

Community Health

Chance McPherson, Community Health Nurse

Chance began practicing as a registered nurse in 2018 and his work has taken him all over Alberta. Prior to Stoney Health, he spent a year and a half working in Northern Alberta with a First Nations community during the pandemic, before moving southward.
He's also spent time in Jasper as a guide and interpreter and prides himself on his varied interests and experiences.
Now that he works with the community health team, he appreciates that the Stoney community has such a large healthcare team to provide services to the community. His memoir is in the works. Ask him about his experiences working as a nurse in a stereotypically career dominated by women. Welcome Chance to Stoney Health and the Community Health team!

Upcoming events | May 2022

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Share your input. Share your voice. Ina Makoche – a place for traditional healing.

Share your input. Share your voice.

Ina Makoche - a place of traditional healing

Construction recently started near Wesley Lodge on Ina Makoche, a place for traditional healing.

Some elements of the traditional healing space will include:

  • local berries U-pick – free picking for community members (once the scrubs are ready and producing fruit)
  • smokehouses
  • a sweat lodge built by Stoney Nation pipe holders
  • a ceremony circle/ community gathering
  • a medicine wheel
  • picnic tables

Once complete, everyone in the community is welcome to use the space.

We want to hear from you what you think should be the vision and plan on how we use the space moving forward.

Contact Jeanette Wildman, cultural liaison, Stoney Health Services, 403-881-2799 | jwildman@stoneyhealth.com

Share your input. Share your voice. Ina Makoch, a space for traditional healing.
Share your input. Share your voice. Ina Makoche, a place of traditional healing for the Stoney Nakoda community. Contact Jeanette Wildman to share your comments.

Development Milestones

Traditional Blessing Ceremony Kicks Off Major Expansion of Stoney Health Centre

Traditional Blessing Ceremony Kicks Off Major Expansion of Stoney Health Centre

April 11, 2022 – Honoured with a traditional blessing ceremony, Stoney Health Services formally kicked off ground-breaking and construction for a major expansion that will nearly double the size of the Stoney Health Centre in Morley, Alberta.

“Îsniyes (thank you) to chiefs Dixon, Poucette, Young, and the Stoney Tribal Council for understanding the community’s needs and fully supporting this much-needed expansion,” says Aaron Khan, Stoney Health Services CEO at today’s blessing. “We also thank Indigenous Services Canada for approving our funding request and joining us today.”

Chief Aaron Young of the Chiniki First Nation stated, “The community has grown significantly since the Health Centre first opened its doors in 1998 and must grow to continue to meet this and future demand of our People.”

Along with a steadily growing population, health care needs, and programs now exceed the physical capacity of the Stoney Health Centre – a 215% growth in demand from 2017 to 2020 alone. The current facility offers triage, medical examination, x-ray and laboratory, meeting and consultation rooms combined with a pharmacy, optometry and dental offices and administrative spaces.

Further, Elders, seniors and some younger Nation members are challenged with complex medical needs that require and deserve health care provided locally, in a culturally supportive environment. Stoney Health can, and will continue to support their needs, as it grows in to this new space.

Along with a steadily growing population, health care needs, and programs now exceed the physical capacity of the Stoney Health Centre – a 215% growth in demand from 2017 to 2020 alone. The current facility offers triage, medical examination, x-ray and laboratory, meeting and consultation rooms combined with a pharmacy, optometry and dental offices and administrative spaces.

Further, Elders, seniors and some younger Nation members are challenged with complex medical needs that require and deserve health care provided locally, in a culturally supportive environment. Stoney Health can, and will continue to support their needs, as it grows in to this new space.

“We recognize that many of our Nation’s people face challenges in getting care and we want to protect and improve the health and wellness opportunities for our Peoples for the future,” said Chief Clifford Poucette of the Wesley First Nation.

Bearspaw First Nation Chief Darcy Dixon further added, “This expansion means so much to our communities – our children, grandchildren and their grandchildren’s health – today, tomorrow and the future.”

 

The traditional Stoney ceremony included a blessing led by several pipe holders followed by a drum circle and singers who performed several honour songs. Additional entertainment performed by local chicken dancers.

Watch a video recap of the blessing ceremony. Filming and production courtesy of Health Promoter Josh Mark.

BACKGROUNDER

Quick Facts

  • The original Stoney Health Centre was constructed in 1998 and was designed to serve a population of 2,000 people.
  • Size of existing facility: 1,112 square metres
  • Future expansion size (total size): 2,031 square metres
  • Estimated completion: 2024
  • Growth in demand for Stoney Health Services programs and services
    • (2017 to 2020): 9,606 to 30,339 clients (annual number of clients per year)
    • Service Growth (2017-2020): 215%
  • Population growth of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation (2001- 2016) is 70.9% (source: Statistics Canada, Census 2006, 2011, and 2016
  • Current Stoney Nakoda First Nations reserve population: 5,084

 

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About Stoney Health Services

Stoney Health Services provides community health services to enhance the health and well-being of Stoney Nakoda First Nations members who live on and around the reserve in Morley, AB. Stoney Health also provides a broad range of culturally-sensitive, community-based activities focused on promoting health and injury/illness prevention, maternal, child, youth, adult and elder health activities and programs.

Media Contact:

Wendy Thatcher
Communications Liaison
Stoney Health Services
Cell: 403-888-0970
wthatcher@stoneyhealth.com

 

Meet the Team: Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction team

Godspower (GP) Nmai, Harm Reduction Social Worker

At first introduction, you may wonder - like this editor did - where GP received his unique name. His parents desperately needed a son, so when he was born, they attributed it to God's intervention and named him Godspower. He is the fifth in a large family of six siblings and now carries his family's name with his own wife and two sons.
Godspower was born and raised in Nigeria and speaks his native language of Igbo in addition to English. He immigrated to Canada in 2012 and has worked in social work and health care, including roles with Alberta Health Services and the Red Deer Native Friendship Society - a career highlight for him.
He is a passionate about his work, particularly human rights and social justice. In his own words, "the greatest thing I love about my job is the privilege to look in to the eyes of people who are facing challenges, show genuine compassion and empathy, encourage them and help them find the solution they think they need."
If pressed to provide a title to his professional career, he offers, "The odyssey of my career: Tumbling through Journalism, Teaching, EMS, to find Purpose in Social Work with Native People of Alberta.” Sounds like a classic in the making and perhaps a nod to another experienced communicator on staff.
Editor's note: GP shared a tremendous amount of insight into his life for this profile. Regrettably, only a few highlights can be shared at this time. He also noted that he has heard that he can come off as 'cold' on first meeting and claims that nothing is further from the truth. Reach out to him and introduce yourself. His intriguing life experiences, thoughts and opinions shine through, along with his warm personality. Welcome to Stoney Health, GP!

Heather Benoit

Heather Benoit, Nurse Practitioner

Heather is a new face to Stoney Health and the only nurse practitioner on staff. In addition, to her work here in Mînî Thnî, she also travels to Big Horn once a week to support that community.
Born and raised in Newfoundland and a member of the Qalipu First Nation, Heather has worked as a nurse practitioner for several Indigenous communities on the Prairies before coming to Stoney Health.
She's motivated to learn and evolve as a nurse and continually finds ways to step outside her comfort zone. Working in harm reduction is a new area for her so she's excited by the challenges and opportunities that it will provide.
Her interests, like many of her co-workers, include hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, paddleboarding, biking and camping along with her fiancé and favourite puppy. Fun fact: she has an identical twin sister who lives in Newfoundland and claims her career story could be titled, "Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable: A nursing saga."

Heila Lukas

Heila Lukas, Harm Reduction Nurse

Heila has worked in many areas of nursing throughout her career, including palliative care, at a remand centre and even as an instructor at two Calgary-area universities. Fun fact, her first passion was farming and she worked in agriculture/research with farm animals, mice and sustainable farming methods.
Every area of nursing offers its benefits in Heila's opinion. As a community health nurse, she values working with clients in their own environment, getting to know and work with them to set goals and priorities for their every day life. There is no one size fits all approach in her mind; you learn to adapt and be creative to suit the person.
As a harm reduction nurse and working with Stoney Nakoda people, she truly values when clients begin to trust the health system again and start to seek ways to improve their own health and wellness.
Heila rarely sits still as many co-workers notice her boundless energy. She's a mom to three teen girls, two cats and a dog. She counts hiking, biking, camping, paddling, skating or gardening among her many activities. If it's outdoors and adventure-filled, that's where you'll find Heila outside of work. If she's forced to stay indoors, however, you'll find her catching the latest true crime podcast or playing Sudoku.

Heidi Metz

Heidi Metz, Harm Reduction Nurse and COVID-19 Response

Heidi has worked as a licensed practical nurse for 20+ years. She worked in rural health care in Saskatchewan before trying her hand at - and finding her true passion - in mental health and addictions care in small communities where she's able to engage and follow-up with her clients.
Cue, her chapter with Stoney Health Services. She appreciates the community feel on the reserve and the ability to practice her passion as one of the driving forces to come and work here. Feeling now like this could be a forever job. In particular, she appreciates the Stoney Nation's willingness and ability to allow me to be a part of their daily routine, stopping into say hi or asking questions always makes it a better day for her.
With a love of travel, road tripping, camping, hiking and snowboarding, she keeps active and on the go with her two kids. She's revered for her cookies and her ability to ask 'Where is the Bathroom?' in four languages, no less. Her career story can be summed up by the title, "Nursing: A comedy in the making. The collections of a rural nurse."

Upcoming events | April 2022

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