Attention: Community Members, Colleagues, Collaterals, and the General Public.
Re: Mohawk Family Services staffing changes.
To all of you: Thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to work with you in every capacity, over the years. Mohawk Family Services has been in operation for 29 years and as we move into our 30th year of servicing the public, we have decided to make some changes to the composition of our team and to the services that we offer the Community. We have made these decisions based on need, and while change can be scary at times, growth is imperative in providing effective support going forward.
As of July 23rd 2018, we have had the following people join our team. Kurstyn Brant is the second Intake and Family Resource Worker, and she was hired on a one year term to help serve the Community. Lyndsay Scero has joined the team for one year as the Child and Youth Worker that will work directly with the youth in our client families who need direct support. Gail Maracle is placed under the balance of a contract as a Family Support Prevention Worker, as is Sherry Loft, who has joined our team for one year to help families. The Family Support Prevention Workers will be helping families how they need it most, in their homes and in the Community. If you are interested in knowing more about the duties of these workers, please contact our office at 613-967-0122.
Mohawk Family Services has recently completed interviews to add one full time Family Service Coordinator, who will be replacing our former employee, Johanna Goodfellow. Johanna left the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in January 2018 to pursue a career at Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services. There were also three more Family Service Coordinator positions considered during the interview process, to backfill some learning opportunities within the team. Those offers have not been solidified.
As of August 13th 2018, Megan Hill will be leaving Mohawk Family Services on a one year secondment to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to be trained as an authorized Child Protection Worker and serve Indigenous families between the catchment area of Picton to Bancroft to Kawartha Lakes, and all the areas in between. You may see Megan in the Community often, as she continues to work closely with families in this area.
As of August 8th 2018, Lacey King will be leaving Mohawk Family Services on a one year secondment to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to be trained as an authorized Child Protection Worker and be trained in the role of Supervisor of Family Services. Lacey will be stationed locally in the East Region and will supervise a team of Child Protection Workers.
As of August 13th 2018, Brandi Hildebrand will be leaving Mohawk Family Services on a one year secondment to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services under the role of Senior Regional Manager- East Region. Brandi will be working locally but will service the entire East region of the agency and will travel between Picton and Markham to serve the public. In her absence, Brandy N. Maracle will be appointed as Acting Manager for Mohawk Family Services.
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The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte have agreed to the secondments in the spirit of increasing staff knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in order to move forward with the changes to Indigenous Child Welfare in Ontario. Supporting the best interest and wellbeing of our children is and always has been the focus of Mohawk Family Services, and at this time, we feel the need to learn, train and grow to be able to move with the changing needs of both families and the legislation. Services to Community Members should not change during this time of transition. You should expect the same support and help that Mohawk Family Services has provided over the years. We will continue to respect our culture, language, history, children and families, while we help ensure that children in Tyendinaga grow up in a safe and loving Community.
During the secondment period, members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte will continue to be serviced by Mohawk Family Services for all support needs, and when there is a requirement of a duty to report, Mohawk Family Services will work closely with Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to ensure the safety of children in this area, after Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services has been mandated. Until that time, the Community will continue to be serviced by Highland Shores Children’s Aid, in partnership with Mohawk Family Services under the current Memorandum of Understanding.
We look forward to having discussions about these changes in the near future as we see our clients and collaterals in the Community or in the field. We thank you for your support as we learn how to serve our own People, better.