Episode 3 of the pihtikwê podcast: Dr. Carol Hopkins – Culturally Based Means We Start From Culture First

Lisa Wabange, MSW, RSW

Knowledge Exchange Facilitator
Lisa is Ojibwe, Eagle Clan, and is from the Treaty #3 area. She is a member of Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake) First Nation in Ontario. Lisa has lived in her community for more than 21 years and has strong connections to the land and all her relations, which helps guide her to this day in her role as a helper. She currently lives with her family in Sudbury, Ontario (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Territory). She holds many roles in her personal life: a wife, mother, grandmother, auntie, sister, family member and friend. For self-care, she enjoys reading, picking berries/medicine, walking, swimming, cleaning and cooking for her family and friends. She is a registered Social Worker who received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in the School of Social Work at Lakehead University. She also received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a certificate in Law and Justice from Laurentian University. Lisa joined FPWC in September 2021 as the Knowledge Exchange Facilitator. Currently, her work primarily focuses on knowledge exchange, engagement, capacity building, coordination, and delivery of webinars to support Mental Wellness Workforces across the country.  Lisa is passionate about facilitating knowledge sharing and bringing together knowledge holders and wellness workers to share resources and knowledge through webinars and gatherings. Lisa has worked primarily with First Nation, Inuit, and Métis populations through many different roles, including Community Support Specialist, Counsellor, Coordinator, Researcher, Sessional Lecturer, and Facilitator. Lisa enjoys learning from knowledge holders such as Elders, healers, physicians, helpers, leaders, mentors, staff, participants, students, and community members. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge as a Facilitator to promote community wellness nationally. She believes that healing of self and others comes from building upon the strengths of our culture, evidenced-based practices, therapy, medicine, and academic research.