February 9th, 2021 – Gathering our Medicine with Denise Findlay and Nenqayni Wellness Center Team


We are excited to welcome Denise Findlay back to the circle to share with us her latest work. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous communities, The Gathering Our Medicine Program for caregivers of Indigenous Youth has been created in response to the unique and often complex needs of our young people who have been impacted by colonization and intergenerational trauma.

As a follow-up to our previous session on Gathering Our Medicine, we have invited Angie, William and multiple staff members in varying positions at Nenqayni Wellness Center to come and talk about their experiences having experienced the training. William and Angie facilitated an 8-week pilot program for ‘Gathering our Medicine” with incredible results.

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Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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About the Presenters:


Denise Findlay, M.Ed., CPCC, ACC, is an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Owner of Kweykway Consulting.

Denise is a bi-cultural person of Indigenous and European ancestry, proudly belonging to the Squamish Nation, who has dedicated the last 16 years to travelling throughout British Columbia and across Canada supporting Indigenous peoples in-regards to social healing with a strong focus on parenting and caregiving. Being of Indigenous heritage and working at a grassroots level with peoples most impacted by inter-generational trauma, Denise has adapted her approach to honour and prioritize Indigenous ways of knowing and being that draw on the inherent, often unconscious, wisdom of Indigenous Peoples. This has led to the discovery and application of an intuitive voice and language of the heart in ritual and ceremony that have the power to communicate across typical barriers such as race, gender, sexuality, class, and religion.

To be able to reach into the heart of matters that are humanly universal underscores all that she aims to do in every aspect of her work. Denise has spent countless hours facilitating group processes in response to social issues, including workplace harassment, racism, child protection, suicide, addiction, and domestic violence.

Denise holds Master’s Degree in Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Indigenous Epistemology with plans to begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2020. She has the privilege of holding a Faculty position with The Neufeld Institute specializing in Development, Attachment Psychology, Trauma and Resilience. Denise holds a BC Provincial Instructors Diploma from VCC and is a Certified Professional Coach with advanced training in systems work. Denise has spent over 6 years studying Process Psychology with Dr. Stephen Schuiteveorder as her mentor. Her particular focus is on Indigenous Healing Rituals as indirectly providing the context for teaching, learning, healing, cross-cultural relationships, resiliency, and spirituality. Denise works with all adults wanting to make sense of children and youth using Dr. Neufeld’s insight and evidence-based model of attachment and development to tease apart complex issues.

Denise has experience training Educators, Parents and Parent Groups, Social Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Mental Health Practitioners and other Helping Professionals.


Marla Klyne Kolomaya is a certified counselor and parent consultant offering services for families struggling with making sense of often perplexing behaviours commonly seen in children and adolescents. Marla also provides consulting and professional development for educators and helping professionals who are yearning to make sense of the kids in their care.

After spending several years as a school counselor supporting students and their families with a developmental-relational model of building relationships, she made the decision to transition into private practice while completing an internship with Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Marla now serves on the faculty of the Neufeld Institute and has returned to her roots in supporting Gathering Our Medicine.

Marla proudly descends from both French and English Metis ancestry and lives in the beautiful northern Interlake of Manitoba on a small cattle ranch. Her favourite roles are partner to her husband Scott, Auntie to her nieces, nephews, and godchildren, as well as daughter, sister, & friend.


Angie Brinoni has multiple certifications in trauma-informed care, ECE certification, Addictions and Community Services, Indigenous studies, Pharmacology, Addictions Care and Treatment and is currently in school working towards a degree in psychology. Angie is dedicated to the ongoing investigation of best practices and Indigenous methodologies to improve programs and services.

William Bill Mansell has worked for Nenqayni Wellness Center for 16 years as a knowledge keeper, cultural wellness provider, and addictions coach. William is active in preserving and sharing First Nation traditional dancing, drumming and oral histories.


Gathering Our Medicine

Denise Findlay’s website

Take a moment to watch Denise Findlay’s previous sessions with UBC Learning Circle


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