Prior to becoming Team Lead with Homeward Bound, Dick Passmore worked in the Traditional Healing department, and was seconded to the Mental Health and Street Outreach Team, Public Health Department of the City of Hamilton.  In this capacity, he gained experience working with the homeless urban Aboriginal population; engaging them, and helping them to make positive steps toward a more safe, stable life.  He is fulfilling his role as Oshkabaywis (helper) by making use of his connections within the Aboriginal community as an ally, advocate and resource.

For most of his life, Dick has been involved in the helping profession, both as a volunteer and a worker.  His experiences include being a member on various boards and committees, a volunteer firefighter, Peer Support Worker, Hospice/Palliative Care Personal Support Worker, community volunteer, master of ceremonies, as well as running Improv Comedy workshops for at-risk youth.  As a long-time hospice volunteer, he has provided Reiki and Intuitive Energy healing for those at end of life.