dfDavid Faubert, Program Manager

David Faubert has been working with First Nations in Central and North America for the last 25 years. In that time he has been learning about the history, social, political, cultural and spiritual practices of various Tribes.

Over the last 15 years in Canada, David has worked with a number of First Nations and Community Organizations. Among them are Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society, Nenqayni Wellness Centre, Soda Creek Indian Band, Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District and Axis Family Resources. David has also done some Contract Work in the field of Traditional Healing and Wellness Services and has made strong connections with the surrounding Communities and Service Providing Agencies in Williams Lake.

David has been a frontline outreach worker with high risk youth for many years and has supervised and managed staff and program. This combination of experience in the field gives him a better understanding about the work required to overcome challenges and achieve success when engaging with youth and families.

David is a strong believer in the notion that “It takes a community to raise a child” and takes this concept into consideration when implementing Wraparound as the model to assist youth in achieving their goals using their strengths as the base in goal setting.

Christine, Aboriginal Youth Support Worker

Christine Habsburg is a member of Alexis Creek First Nation and currently resides in Williams Lake. Christine has had experience working with youth and families at Nenqayni Wellness Centre in a residential treatment setting. Christine has also worked with youth in other settings as well as Program Coordinator for after school youth programs as well as volunteer work with Big Brothers and Big sisters for two years.  Christine has worked as Outreach, Advocacy and Support worker at Canadian Mental Health Association in Williams Lake as well as relief work as a mental health care aid at Jubilee House and relief at Jubilee Place-transitional housing.

Christine has been a student at Thompson River University in Williams Lake in the Human Service program and is currently enrolled in online studies for this program. Christine has obtained her Associate Addictions Counselor certification as well as working on receiving her Certified Addictions Counselor certification.  She is an active member of the Homelessness and Steering Committee in Williams Lake. Christine enjoys hunting with her family and is an avid reader and believes in leading by example and living a balanced lifestyle.

satff-pics2Michael Archie, Aboriginal Youth Support Worker

Michael Archie is of the Secwecpemc (Shuswap) and Chinese descent. His dad is from Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek Band) and his mother is from Esketemc (Alkali Band) he moved from Stswecem’c to Williams Lake at the age of seven. He has resided at Williams Lake since.

Michael’s first experience in the supporting field was two years as an Outreach Worker for a local non-profit organization. Upon leaving the supporting field he explored a different career path, Silviculture work. Michael found myself back in support work for School District 27 (SD 27). While at SD 27 a youth asked him, “When are you going back to school?” The question led him to return to school.

Michael attained a Human Service Diploma through Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in 2011. Also, attended Douglas College and received an Essential Skills Certificate. He has also completed Basic Life Skills Training at TRU. Michael plans on continuing his education, goal, receive a degree; furthermore, learning will always be continuous for him of any type.

Michael is active with sports within the community. Has entered in local ice hockey tournaments youth and adult is combined forming a team as well as a positive relationship.  Baseball is another sport that he enjoys participating in.

Traditionally, together we can move forward.