The testimonials below are all real, although anonymous out of respect for individuals' and schools' privacy.
Jen puts her heart and soul everyday into her work. Over the 10 years Jen worked at my school and through her use of the Seven Teachings, Jen transformed the culture and climate of the school into a positive, caring and compassionate place for students, staff and families. Jen uses her talents, skills and spirituality to help individuals improve their lives.
~ A Principal
Jennifer brings care and good-heartedness to her work with kids and families. She knows how to meet people and walk with them on a pathway of growth. I have seen her work with many students and parents with significant needs over the years. She is able to support Aboriginal people on journeys of self-identity and healing and has been a positive force in the lives of families through both traditional and non-traditional means. She is a gifted healer, who works tirelessly for the People.
Jennifer has honoured the gifts given to her by Creator through prayer, ceremony and the Sundance.
~ A School Social Worker
I have known Jen for many years and throughout this time I watched her develop the unique ability to be able to connect with children from ages 5 to 15 by sharing herself with them; her spirit, her genuine personality, and her love of people.
Jen could keep an entire Gym full of adults and children listening to her thoughts and dreams of how we could work together and make our world a better place. She was able to show her flaws to all of us and somehow that made all of us work that much harder to reach our common goals. She exuded peace and kindness and children were very drawn to this. Jen’s hardworking nature made it a pleasure to work with her!
~ A Teacher
I worked with Jennifer for nine years in a vastly culturally diverse K–8 school. During that time I was witness to her incredible and unique ability to work with high needs students and support struggling families. Jennifer brought an Aboriginal perspective to all that she did whether it was supporting student success, assisting teachers to bring Aboriginal education into the classroom or supporting Aboriginal families to become more connected to the school.
Jennifer worked hard to develop Aboriginal Family sharing circles that brought in thirty-five to forty people, every month to talk about things that were of concern to these families and support healing from colonization and intergenerational trauma. Becuase of her, many good, healing conversations took place.
~ A Student Services Teacher
Jen has helped us lay the foundation to work with Aboriginal Perspectives; the Drum, Ceremony and the 7 Teachings. In my school, this had to come from a non-Aboriginal person so that we would listen, and now we are learning to listen to ourselves. Thanks Jen.
~ A First Nations Principal in a First Nations School
Mrs. O.C. made me love myself. Through her I received my Drum and Spirit Name and learned more about my culture than from anyone else I ever met. She listened to me instead of telling me everything I did wrong, and because of having her in my life I have grown into a better woman.
~ A Former Indigenous Student
Jen's experiential knowledge of Aboriginal traditions and Teachings are a gift to any group she works with. Her way of sharing these Teachings and engaging with others gives everyone a place to connect. Such an authentic and thoughtful approach is a rare combination. It gave our Family Teachings Circle a life unto it's own, creating a safe and sacred apace.
A Non-Indigenous Teacher
I saw Jen sharing Songs on the Drum with kids from many cultural backgrounds, as a means to expose them to Aboriginal culture and history, She facilitated understanding across cultural groups, lowered bullying, and enhanced celebration of the uniqueness and differences that each child brought to the school.
~ A Teacher
Through the period that Jennifer did Sharing Circles and BodyTalk sessions [with my class] Our classroom became a much more compassionate place, with major improvements in learning behaviours.
~ A Teacher Using BodyTalk to Support a Classroom
When you consider the fragmentation of the classroom environment prior to this classroom intervention, their growth in a matter of a few months to become more cohesive is remarkable!
As the school social worker I had fewer requests from administration and the classroom teacher to deal with student conflict situations. There were less office referrals and no school suspensions.
~ A School Social Worker Using BodyTalk to Support a Classroom