CSC Chigamik CHC Newsletter
February, 2022
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Chigamik Board of Directors Announce New Executive Director

The Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Suzanne Marchand as the new Executive Director of Chigamik.
Suzanne has 15 years of experience working at various community organizations in a bilingual, senior leadership capacity. Most recently Suzanne held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Kerry’s Place Autism Services where she led a team of 16 human resources professionals and provided executive support and direction to the senior leadership team. Throughout her working career, Suzanne sat on various community-focused Board of Directors and committees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, an Industrial Relations Certificate and an advanced Human Resources Certificate from Queens University.

The Board of Directors would also like to thank Jessica North, who held the position of Interim Executive Director over the past six months. She is a valued member of the Chigamik team and the Board thanks her for her dedication and support to the organization.

Welcome to the Chigamik team Suzanne!

Chigamik Services Update

As cases of Omicron continue to rise in Canada and across the globe, we would like to provide you with an important update regarding our current COVID-19 protocols and
the measures we’re taking to try to minimize the impacts on our day-to-day operations. As always, our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our clients, staff and community members. Our offices continue to remain open, however, we’ve taken measures to ensure that our staff work remotely whenever possible, and for those who need to be in our offices, work in a safe environment. Over the next few weeks, our goal is to continue to maintain a high level of service to our clients and community while minimizing the impacts of Omicron on our Centre.
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Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics
Supporting our Community
Chigamik has continued to support ongoing Covid-19 immunization efforts throughout the fall and winter months, responding to an urgent “all hands on deck” call for supports throughout the months of December and January, in particular. The Chigamik team has administered thousands of Covid-19 vaccines for Chigamik clients and members of our broader community at numerous large scale community clinics in both Midland and Penetanguishene, community pop-up clinics, as well as in-clinic immunizations at Chigamik.

For information regarding vaccine eligibility and where you can access Covid-19 vaccinations in and around our community, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website located here:

The North Simcoe Family Health Team is offering 1st, 2nd and booster dose Covid-19 vaccinations for those who are eligible by appointment only. Additional information is available on their website at:

Register for Chigamik's Winter Programs!

With the goal of meeting the health care needs of our diverse community, Chigamik is pleased to offer new English, French and Cultural programs this winter - free and open to everyone in the community!
Please visit to register for one of our programs online.
Winter Program Guide
Chigamik is Offering Single Session Mental Health Counselling

Chigamik is now offering FREE appointment-based single-session counselling for anyone living in North Simcoe Muskoka. Single-session counselling refers to a single 60-minute session. These appointments are intended to help individuals identify their immediate needs.

Using a therapeutic approach, our therapists offer guidance and support to help clients think about things differently, focus on their personal strengths and goals, and connect them with other community supports, if needed. For many clients, a single-session appointment is just what they need to take action towards making that next step on a path towards change.

Book a Single-Session Appointment

Thank you to all who donated to help support our community

Thank you to our community for supporting Chigamik's GivingTuesday campaign. Through donations and volunteer support, we were able to provide families in North Simcoe with 'ready to cook' meals for the holiday! A BIG thank you goes out to our staff for helping to organize this event and our community partners – Askennonia Seniors Centre, Angels with Backpacks, Belleroots Farm, Borsa, Farm2Door, Foodland Midland, Georgian Bay Métis Council, Graffiti Art, LA Farms, Midland Fire Department, Mary and Ray Nason and Le Villageois – for their generous donations. We appreciate your support!

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Welcome New Staff to Chigamik!
Heather Cusson
Indigenous Perinatal Mental Health Counsellor
We are pleased to welcome Healther to the role of Indigenous Perinatal Mental Healh Counsellor at Chigamik! In this role, Heather works with First Nation, Métis and Inuit mothers in North Simcoe Muskoka who may be planning a pregnancy, are currently pregnant, have recently had a baby, or have experienced a loss during this time. The program works with clients and the medicine wheel as they travel along their journey into parenthood, providing the support and resources needed for good physical, emotional and spiritual health.
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Calley Monague
Doula, Biidaaban Doula Collective
Calley is a mum of two with a passion for birth work. She is of Métis descent and grew up in Simcoe County. After embarking on her own

journey through fertility, birth and postpartum, she began her educational career in birth work. Calley holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and completed Maternal Support Practitioner Training through Bebomia, with additional training in Fertility and Infant Sleep. She looks forward to continuing to expand her knowledge to assist families embarking on their own journeys. When she's not supporting her clients, you can find Calley enjoying time with her children and husband. She loves being outdoors and enjoying the earth's energy!

Katie Hamelin
Doula, Biidaaban Doula Collective
Katie is a Métis Doula who has recently joined the Biidaaban Doula Collective at Chigamik! Katie has a passion for helping mothers feel empowered by finding
their voices and trusting their intuition to make informed decisions about their body and baby before, during and after birth. It is her goal to have mothers look back on their birth experience as a positive story where they felt supported culturally, emotionally, mentally and physically.

On her spare time Katie enjoys spending the day with her husband and two children on the waters of Georgian Bay. 
Doula Services

United Way Urgent Needs Fund

The United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s Urgent Needs Fund has been assisting residents across Simcoe Muskoka with modest, one-time grants to overcome the everyday obstacles that poverty makes more difficult. Chigamik has once again partnered with the United Way of Simcoe Muskoka to distribute the Urgent Needs Funds to individuals needing one-time support for basic needs such as groceries, clothing, rent, transportation, etc.

If you would like to apply for the Urgent Needs Fund, simply call 2-1-1 Community Connections and speak with a representative.
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Your Voice Matters!
Entité 4 is conducting a survey to identify gaps and issues in the provision of French language health services that currently exist in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. This short survey will take approximately 5 minutes. Participants will also have the opportunity to enter a draw for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card. The deadline for responding is February 18, 2022. A summary of the results will be shared on the Entité 4 website.
Take the Survey (In French)
Like Us On
Social Media!
Learn about Chigamik's new programs, services and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!
Chigamik on
the Radio

Tune in to CFRH 88.1 FM every Thursday morning for "Jeudi en santé" to learn about the French language health services and programs available at Chigamik and in your community!

Have You Considered Serving on Chigamik's Board of Directors?
Chigamik is a community-governed organization with board member representation from a variety of backgrounds. The Chigamik Board of Directors is actively encouraging applications to fill one position within the Indigenous caucus. If you are interested in representing our community on our board, please send your resume and cover letter to Tonya Pinkney by March 11, 2022.
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Cooking with Pulses!
Improve your health, budget and planet
Eating healthy is an important part of managing good health. Incorporating pulses into your diet is an easy way to add fibre, protein and nutrients into your meals.

Pulses are the edible dried seeds of the legume plant and include beans, lentils, chickpeas and dry peas. They are rich in protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, and other nutrients, they do not cause spikes in blood sugar and may help prevent certain diseases.  Pulses are also inexpensive and good for the planet! Challenge yourself to include 2-3 plant-based meals per week!
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Traditional Healing
Having access to Traditional Healing services during this period of isolation and stress is an essential part of holistic health care and can help individuals cope with a variety of stressors.
We are pleased to announce that Chigamik is offering in-person and
virtual Traditional Healing sessions. All appointments are provided at no cost and available in French or English.
Upcoming Traditional Healing Dates
Jake Agoneh
March 7-9

Pamela Tremblay-Hayes
March 15-17

Troy Greene
March 23-25

Brian George
Please call for available dates
Book an Appointment
What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is a holistic approach to healthcare that brings together the social and medical models of health and wellness. It provides a formal pathway for health providers to address the diverse determinants of health, using the familiar and trusted process of writing a prescription.

Social prescribing bridges the gap between clinical and social care by referring patients to local, non-clinical services that are chosen according to the client’s interests, goals, and gifts. It allows doctors, nurse practitioners, and interprofessional health providers to formally refer patients through to community-based programs.

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