Joan Charleyboy - Interim Executive Director                  

Joan Charleyboy is a member of the Tsilhqot'in Nation and is originally from Alexis Creek First Nation community. She married David Pop and resides with husband in the community of Soda Creek.
She speaks her Tsilhqot’in language which is an asset in her positon as the Family Care Manager.  Joan also interprets at the Caribou Memorial Hospital or the Seniors Village.
Joan loves reading, camping with friends, and drying and preserving salmon during the summer. Joan has been working at Denisiqi Service Society (formerly Desniqi Services Society) since 2002.  She enjoys working with children and families in the social services field.  She has gained a lot of knowledge by working and educating herself in the social services field. She also completed her Early Childhood Certificate in April of 2013 and this has taught her about the growth and development of young children which is an asset in her current position as a Family Care Manager.

E-mail: Joan[at] - Extension: 234

Linda Hillegeist - Finance Manager

E-mail: Linda[at] - Extension: 243


Bella Alphonse - Culture Program Developer                 

I am a proud Tŝilhqot’in, a member of the Tl’etinqox Band.  My career has always been in education, and my native Tŝilhqot’in language.  In the late 1970’s, I participated in the development of the Tŝilhqot’in orthography, which has 47 consonants, 6 vowels and two tones.  I also went to University of Calgary, taking extension linguistic courses.  Since 1973, after graduation, I have worked as a receptionist, teacher aide, language teacher at the elementary, secondary and university level, native counsellor, Home School Coordinator, interviewer\translator\transcriber for Traditional Use Studies Mapping, education curriculum development and court speller.  Currently, I am working as a Cultural Program Developer for Denisiqi Services Society.  After many years of working with respected Elders and youths, I can contribute by sharing the knowledge I accumulated.  I enjoy developing and sharing traditional laws and values, customs and beliefs, legends, stories, genealogy and crafts.  My appreciation for the knowledge that I have goes to my parents, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family members and respected Elders from my community and nation.

E-mail: Bella[at] - Extension: 247

Elaine Yablonski -  Administrative Assistant (Leave) returning October 22, 2018

Elaine Yablonski is a proud member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation based in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Her heritage that includes Aboriginal, English, Irish, Scottish and Norwegian, all of which she is very proud of.

She has been the Administrative Assistant with Denisiqi Services since September 2011 and brought with her over 12 years of experience working in First Nations organizations. Since being with Denisiqi Elaine has strived to gain a greater understanding of the Tsilhqot’in and Ulkatchot’en history and cultural teachings and continues to do so.

As a single mom she raised three wonderful children, the youngest of which is a member of the Tl’etinqox-t’in community, and is very proud of the people they are today. She currently resides in Williams Lake with her husband.

E-mail: elaine[a] - Extension: 221

Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health Team

Neil Burrows, RSWACYMH Team Leader                               

Neil comes to Denisiqi with 25+ years of experience in the Health and Social Services field. After his early days in Northern Ontario working in youth corrections, youth mental health, and child protection (primarily with Ojibwe families and communities), Neil moved to BC and spent another two years in child protection and children's mental health in Terrace before becoming a sole practitioner and delivering contract services across Canada. His work included critical incident debriefing with the RCMP and WCB, program design and evaluation for various health agencies, and trauma-work in remote northern communities. Neil is a certified mediator and a highly sought-after speaker at major events across Canada. He is very grateful to the First Nations communities along the way that have in equal parts challenged, taught, and welcomed him. And - a special thank you to the Gitxsan people for his name, Loquin Go Gak.

Email: neil[at] – Extension: 230

Carmen Mutschele, M.Ed.Child & Youth Counsellor                               

I am one of the Counsellors with the Aboriginal Child & Youth Mental Health Team here at Denisiqi. My background is in social and youth work and I also have a Master’s Degree in Counselling (M.Ed.). I am passionate about working with young clients, and supporting them through their challenges.

Growing up in Germany, I moved to rural British Columbia many years ago. I have been with Denisiqi for over 5 years, and I especially enjoy visiting the communities out West. My life has been enriched by the teachings I‘ve received (and continue to receive) from my co-workers, Elders and community members about traditional practices, as well as being invited to ceremonies. I’ve always loved music - In my free time I play guitar and sing, and I also bring music and art to my work with my young clients. Whether it’s a rap song written by a youth in a session, or learning their favorite pop song together, music often finds its way into a counselling session.

Email: carmen[at] – Extension: 236

Carolyn Charleyboy, M.Ed.Child & Youth Counsellor                        

Carolyn Charleyboy, M.Ed., is Tsilhqot’in and grew up in the community of Tsi Deldel (Redstone). She is a Counsellor at Denisiqi where she uses talk therapy and expressive art practices to encourage children and youth, ages 5 – 18, to explore individual, school, or family challenges that may be affecting their well-being. She has been specializing in working with younger children presenting with a history of childhood trauma, and is in the process of completing the Aboriginal/Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Certificate Program offered by the Justice Institute of BC. Carolyn is also a certified Peacemaking Circle Keeper and Trainer.

Carolyn co-facilitates a Girls Group at Columneetza in partnership with CYMH.

Email: carolyn[at] – Extension: 245

TBAChild & Youth Counsellor                                                       

Email: tba[at] – Extension: 230

Crystal Wells, M.M.Community Enrichment Worker                         

Crystal has been in Williams Lake for five years and has grown to love the community. She is a Heiltsuk woman from Bella Bella, BC.

She has lots of experience building relationships with youth and their families; as well she organizes many events for youth, including sports and cultural events.

Crystal is taking on some new responsibilities with our group programs and is an integral builder of our many community partnerships. Crystal provides School Outreach at the schools in Xeni Gwet’in and Yunesit’in.

Email: crystal[at] – Extension: 239

 Mandy Cormier, BAAboriginal Supported Child Development/Outreach Worker                                                                                                                                  

Mandy Cormier is born and raised in Northern British Columbia. She has spent a majority of her life living in Prince George. Mandy has a bachelor of arts; major in First Nations studies and minor in psychology. Mandy has worked in a variety of social services fields including mental health, addictions and with youth ages 12-24.  Mandy is also a postpartum doula. Mandy is passionate about working with youth, their families, and their communities.

On a personal note, Mandy enjoys all outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. She was raised on a trapline in the north and gets her love of the land from this childhood experience. Mandy enjoys meeting new people and values community. She just recently moved to Williams Lake in April 2018 and cannot wait to explore the area, meet the locals and find all the hidden gems within the diverse landscapes!

Email: mandy[at] – Extension: 229

Nina Sill Intake/Wellness                                                                      

Born in Bella Coola and raised in Anahim Lake (Ulkatcho).  Nina is Dakelh Carrier.  She graduated from the Applied Business Technology Program May 2018 from Thompson Rivers Univeristy in Williams Lake and obtained a certificate in the fundamentals of business and administrative assistant.  Nina will be managing our counselling caseload tracking system and assisting the ACYMH Team.

Email: nina[at] – Extension: 233

Delegation Services Team

Jo-Ann Ronnenkamp, BA, CYCDelegated Services Program Manager      

Jo-Ann Ronnenkamp joined the Delegated Services Team as Supervisor in June 2015.  Jo-Ann was born and raised in Ashcroft where her family still resides.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care with a Child Welfare Specialization at the University of the Fraser Valley, Jo-Ann began her Social Work career in Bella Coola with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2002.  She transferred to Williams Lake in 2005, working in the MCFD Urban Aboriginal Team.  In 2008, Jo-Ann accepted a Supervisor position with Knucwentwecw Society and gained valuable experience working in an Aboriginal Agency delegated for Child Protection.

Jo-Ann raised four children while living in Mission and now has seven grandchildren to keep her young.  She enjoys living and working in Williams Lake, keeping a small house and garden in order, while pursuing a variety of projects from home renovation to home décor.  She is up for any challenge, big or small and is enjoying her work at Denisiqi Services Society helping families and moving the agency forward in achieving future delegation goals.

Email: jo-ann[at] – Extension: 225

Storme SandyDelegated Social Worker

Storme Sandy is a member of the Secwepemc Nation and is from the Williams Lake Indian Band. Storme received her Bachelor of Social Work degree specializing in Child Welfare in 2013. Prior to doing her education Storme worked as a Mentor for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. After receiving her degree Storme went to work as a fully delegated social worker doing Voluntary Care, Guardianship and Child Protection. Storme started work at Denisiqi Services Society in July 2017 and is looking forward to getting to know the communities and moving forward in the delegation process.

Storme is a mother of 3 teens (well one adult now). She loves to ride horses, go for long walks and spend her time traveling around exploring new areas.

Email: storme[at] – Extension: 224

Gerald Koehler, BSWDelegated Social Worker           

Hello, my name is Gerald Koehler and I am the Resource Social Worker here at Denisiqi Services Society in Williams Lake. I graduated with my BSW in 1997 and since then I have taken on many challenges and roles within the social services field.  In my personal life I have been a caregiver and support person with my wife for the past 13 years for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. I have a passion for working with individuals impacted by Fetal Alcohol syndrome and can honestly say that I have learned more from them then they have learned from me. Their strength to meet the challenges they face daily with determination and humor has taught me so much about patience and understanding.

As a resource social worker I strive to develop homes and caregivers in each of the communities that I am proud to serve. I know that together we can work towards the common goal of having safe loving homes that can provide a family for children in need. I look forward to hearing from anyone who has the passion and commitment to open their homes for children in their community.

Email: gerald[at] – Extension: 228

Jennifer May, BCYCDelegated Social Worker               

Jennifer May has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. She started with Denisiqi in July 2017 as the Aboriginal Supported Child Development/Youth worker, and then transitioned to the Delegation team in January 2018 to become a Guardianship social worker. She grew up on Vancouver Island, where she has worked with children of all ages, and adults with barriers, before moving to Williams Lake in late 2016. She will be working within the communities of Ulkatcho, Tsi Deldel and Toosey. She is looking forward to furthering her work with Denisiqi to promote individual and family wellness, and is excited to continue exploring the area surrounding Williams Lake.

Email: jennifer[at] – Extension: 259

Traveena Alexis, BADelegated Social Worker

Traveena graduated with her Bachelor’s in Social Work Degree in May 2015 and joined our Denisiqi team soon after in September 2015. Traveena has been on board with us since then and has recently joined our Delegated Services Team as a Social Worker. Traveena is from the Ulkatcho Nation and has worked hard at building a relationship with the Tsilhqot’in and Dakelh communities during her time at Denisiqi. Traveena shares the common goal of moving forward together in the delegation process, and is looking forward to building and maintaining healthy relationships with the children and families of our communities.

Email: traveena[at] – Extension: 246

Florence DoxtatorAboriginal Family Group Conference   

Hunilht’ih My name is Florence Doxtator; I am a Tsimshian/Kitasoo First Nations Woman from Klemtu BC. I am a wife and a mother of four sons. I enjoy camping, fishing, reading & spending quality time with my family and friends.

I am the Aboriginal Family Group Conference Coordinator (AFGC) at Denisiqi Services Society (DSS). I have been with Denisiqi Services Society since January 2018. I thoroughly enjoy my position at DSS & look forward to continued work with the Tsilhqot’in & Ulkatcho Nations. As the AFGC coordinator my duty is to bring families together to meet in a neutral environment to discuss and assist in the planning for the wellbeing of their children and families.

I have been working in the helping & supporting field for most of my carrier. Between my education and work experience I know this is right where I am supposed to be. I look forward to visiting all of your communities and making a strong professional connection.

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children.” -Sitting Bull-

Email: florence[at] – Extension: 223

Shannon StumpCultural Enrichment Worker               

Shannon Stump started with Denisiqi in January 2017 as the Intake & Wellness Worker, managing the counselling Caseload tracking system.  In May 2017 she moved into the Cultural Enhancement Worker position.

She was born and raised at Tl’etinqox Gov’t (Anaham Reserve) and married into Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Gov’t.

Shannon does outreach at Tsi Deldel (Redstone) School once a week and is certified in the Fun Friends program and also provides 1 on 1 enhanced support for some of our clinical counselling clients.  She also facilitates Family programs (Family Wellness Program, Pathway Program and Reclaiming Connections).  She is certified Family Group Conference Facilitator.  Also part of the Wellness Team that helps runs summer programs and also after school programs. Shannon is also part of the Chilcotin/Carrier Team to help enhance our programs to suit our Youth's needs.  She also participates in a Work 2 Give Team that is partnership through Punky Lake, to help all communities in various programs.

Email: shannon[at] – Extension: 242

Francy ElkinsDelegated Admin Assistant                         

Francy Elkins has been employed at Denisiqi Services Society since February 2010 and started full time on February 4, 2013. She works for the Delegated Services Department as an Administrative Assistant.

Francy is a member of the Tsilhqot'in Nation and is originally from Tl'etinqox (formerly Anaham Band). She likes reading, biking, hiking, walking, and being out in nature.

Email: francy[at] – Extension: 227

Early Childhood Education

Joan CharleyboyFamily Care Manager                                                                    

Joan Charleyboy is a member of the Tsilhqot'in Nation and is originally from Alexis Creek First Nation community.

She speaks her Tsilhqot’in language which is an asset in her positon as the Family Care Manager.  Joan also interprets at the Caribou Memorial Hospital or the Seniors Village.

She married David Pop and resides in the community of Soda Creek.

Joan loves reading, camping with friends, and drying and preserving salmon during the summer.

Joan has been working at Denisiqi Service Society (formerly Desniqi Services Society) since 2002.  She enjoys working with children and families in the social services field.  She has gained a lot of knowledge by working and educating herself in the social services field.

Joan also completed her Early Childhood Certificate in April of 2013 and this has taught her about the growth and development of young children which is an asset in her current position as a Family Care Manager.

Email: joan[at] – Extension: 234

Grace CahooseAboriginal Early Childhood Development Outreach

Da Who Ja! My name is Grace Cahoose – my parents are Vivian Cahoose and Late Peter Cahoose of the Ulkatcho Band – Nagwuntl’oo area. Dale and I have 2 sons with 2 granddaughters. I have worked within the ECE field since 2006. Working with children and families has always been my passion. To see a child get from one milestone to the next is always a celebration within itself. I very much enjoy all of the challenges work often brings, for then it allows more opportunities for learning. Education is never-ending.

Email: grace[at] – Extension: 237

TBA – Nun Yaz Daycare


Email: TBS[at] – Extension: 232

Candace LaFlammeAboriginal Supported Child Development                                  

My name is Candace LaFlamme and I am the newest addition to the Aboriginal Supported Child Development team at Denisiqi Services Society. I am an Early Childhood Educator with 10 educational years of experience working with children from all walks of life, although I have been looking after and learning from children my entire life. I was born and raised in the Cariboo and recently returned to this majestic region that I call home. I am honoured and filled with gratitude to be part of the team at Denisiqi Services Society.  I look forward to growing and learning within my community and the six nations.


Email: candace[at] – Extension: 240

Kelsie Marchand – Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Kelsie is a member of the Syilx and Secwepemc Nations. She was born and raised on her traditional Syilx and Secwepemc lands. She now lives in the Tl'esqox Meadow where she lives and works the land with her family with the goal to live off grid and decolonize the family structure.

She comes to us with an education background in Business and Indigenous Early Childhood Education. She is honoured to be working with the Tsilhqot'in and Ulkatcho people. Kelsie is also furthering her education in learning the Nsyilxcen, Secwepemc and Tsilhqot'in languages.

Email: Kelsie[at] – Extension: 241

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