Dick Passmore is working as a change agent at the systems level in Hamilton, supporting the Navigation Services department. Prior to his last role as the first Team Lead with Homeward Bound, he 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous community as an ally, advocate and resource. Dick is also working as an expert trainer in Housing First with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (Training and Technical Assistance).
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.