Mental Health and Addictions

Leigh Staats

Mental Health Team Lead

Leigh Staats-Lowes is a Six Nations band member of the Mohawk Nation Wolf clan. She resides in Brantford with her husband and 3 beautiful children. Leigh began working for De dwa dah dehs nye>s in January 2013 as the Healthier You Program Coordinator and has been the Mental Health Team Lead since March 2016. Leigh…

Sandra Waboose

Mental Health Outreach

Sandra is the Mental Health Social Service Worker at De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre.

She comes from a background of Ojibway and Cree heritage and was raised in a small native community in northern Ontario.

Her adventurous spirit has offered her the opportunity to travel across and live in the United States for several years; and to travel to other parts of the world. Her life experience has allowed her to learn and adapt to various cultures and environments and has taught her the importance of self-discovery and purpose.

Sandra’s journey has always been one of health and wellness and involved different aspects of social work. Her passion to invest in people has opened doors for her in areas of spiritual counselling, promoting health and wellness in children and adults, and recreational therapy for older adults.

Her love for life and to see others rise to their potential has led Sandra to graduate from Cambrian College with a Diploma in Social Service Worker and Gerontology, with Honours.

Her goal going forward is to expand to new heights in helping others in their pursuit of destiny and to be the change she longs to see.

Brittany Madigan (Hamilton)

Children and Youth Mental Health Worker (Hamilton)

Brittany is Mohawk from Kahnawake and Canadian. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Sociology as well as her Master of Social Work at McMaster University. Brittany has worked with Aboriginal children in care on Six Nations/New Credit, and has been a case manager for homeless people in Hamilton. She integrates Aboriginal and mainstream…

Mary Anne Wisdom

Concurrent Disorders Worker

Mary-Anne Wisdom is currently employed by the Aboriginal Health Centre as a Concurrent Disorders Practitioner. She brings with her nine years working experience on a Psycho Geriatric unit in Recreational Therapy as well as six years working at a Treatment Centre in New Credit. In this position she worked as a Counselor, Programmer, Research and…

Kristin Tyrer

Mental Health Youth Navigator

Kristin Tyrer is a proud Cree who comes from Moose Cree First Nation, Wolf Clan. Kristin was given the name of Matau Maskinuu, which means the road that shines bright and she carries it with honour. Kristin comes from a background in Criminal Justice, and has resided in Hamilton for 6 years. Kristin enjoys dedicating…

Brittany Vincze

Brantford Child and Youth Mental Health Worker

Brittany is proud of her Six Nations (Cayuga) and non-native (Celtic, European) ancestry. Brittany grew up in Hamilton and attended Mohawk College and then McMaster University for her Social Work education. Brittany has worked with the Hamilton, Brantford, Six Nations and New Credit communities and brings various experience with her from the areas of: street-involved…

Cheryl Adams

Karonyahawi (Carries the Sky)  Cheryl Adams is of the Kanyenkehaka (Mohawk) people and belongs to the Turtle clan family. Cheryl has been raised on the Six Nations Territory where she currently resides. Cheryl is a mom of two children Wade and Santana. Wade and his partner Krystal have blessed her with 3 unique and special…

Tanja Steinbach

Tanja Steinbach is a Mi’kmaq from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Mother of three awesome kids, she lives in a lovely country setting in Stevensville. She considers herself as a community helper and has worked in urban Indigenous communities in Niagara and Montreal since 1998. Tanja’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Education – Aboriginal Adult Education from Brock University as…

Jessica Baskin

Jessica Baskin is the Administrative Assistant with the Mental Health & Addiction Team, located at the Niagara site. Jessica grew up and remains in the Niagara Region; from the Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Her previous positions have been working within Aboriginal organizations and she really enjoy providing supports for her community. She is very excited to be a part of the team,…