NiGiNan Housing Ventures is a non-profit company formed to address the particular housing needs and requirements of Indigenous people living in Edmonton. It was incorporated in 2003 and is a registered charity.
Its goals are:
- to house and keep Indigenous people housed and to enable them to create a home for themselves
- to improve the quality of life of the residents
- to build community and to involve the residents in the development and management of their community
- to provide residents with a sense of control over their own lives
Its Board consists of the following persons:
Faye Dewar (Founding Member)
Bachelor's Degree of Indian Social Work. Worked as a Mental Health Outreach and Housing Support Worker for the Boyle Street Community Services for 7 years. Currently works as the Health Advocate at the Boyle McCauley Health Centre. Past history includes: director on a number of boards including the Edmonton Joint Planning Committee on Housing and Homeward Trust, Centre of Rights to Equity in Accommodations, Grassroots Organization Operating in Sisterhood and the Women's Housing Equality Network.Co-Chair of the Wichitowin Circle of Shared Responsibility and Stewardship and the Chair of the Wichitowin Indigenous Housing Action Circle, representative for the Boyle McCauley Health Centre at the Edmonton Coalition of Housing. Received a Homeward Trust award for Outstanding Services for the Indigenous Community in 2009, and a Daughter’s of the Year Award in 2012.
Faye is also an entrepreneur and owner of Missing Link Home Service with her daughter. Missing Link contracts with the Workers Compensation Board (WBC), Alberta Health Services (AHS), and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) providing specialized cleaning services including bed bug preparation and supports to individuals; home care for individuals in shelters, rooming houses, group homes and self contained units who have special needs (mental health, brain injury, addictions and behavioural issues); and specialized services to PDD to enable them to live in the community. In addition to a manager (Faye) and an assistant manager, Missing Link has 18 staff.
Sharon Starr (Founding Member)
Currently a caseworker working at Alexander First Nation with Region 6 Edmonton Child and Family Services. Past history includes: case manager in child welfare from 2000 to 2005 at Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society (DFNA), community worker for Boyle Street Community Services, Child Welfare Worker in Region 6, Financial Benefits Worker for Edmonton Human Resource and Employment, Financial Benefits Worker for Saskatchewan Social Services, Saskatchewan Government records management, archive researcher for Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, journalist for Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, and news reporter for Poundmaker First Nation.
Cindy L’Hirondelle: (Summer 2005; President Spring 2015)
She has a Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, Edmonton Division, Diploma in Social Work from Grant MacEwan Community College. Cindy is experienced at working with inner city residents. Currently employed with the University of Alberta Hospital HIV Program based at the Royal Alexandra Satellite Clinic. Past history includes: staff at HIV Edmonton, Aboriginal Portfolio, Family Support Worker employed by the Family Center. Cindy’s diverse experience, strong leadership, and advocacy skills have been instrumental to develop this project in terms of incorporating resident centered housing.
Colleen Enns (Spring 2007)
She has been involved as a voluntary Board Director and Treasurer for the Niginan Board in the development of Ambrose Place for the past 7 years, and has a keen interest in addressing issues related to homelessness. Colleen Enns is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network, a role she has held for more than six years. The Edmonton Oliver PCN is an exemplary network with 130 Family Physicians, and Pediatricians , and an interdisciplinary team of 79 who provide primary care for approximately 130,000 patients. The network is home to several innovative primary care programs and is recognized as a leader in primary care. Colleen brings to the Niginan Board 18 years of health care leadership experience that has bridged Supportive Living, Home Care, Continuing Care, Mental Health and Primary Care.
Lillian Sissons (Summer 2009)
She graduated from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in 1975 and she completed Nursing Refresher Program at Grant McEwan College, 1999. She currently is a Chronic Disease Management Nurse Educator / INR Nurse, with Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network, Edmonton. Lillian has had an instrumental role in program development of the Anticoagulation Management Program and serves on several physician lead committees. Past history includes: Palliative Home Care Case Manager for Capital Health, Edmonton.
Lillian has strong practical and organizational skills and a proven ability to work with others. She has focused on advocacy, education and support of people to make informed self-care choices. Lillian is a member of Metis Nation of Alberta.