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Jackson Dionne

Jackson Dionne

Executive Director

Indigenous Wellness Training Society

Jackson Dionne’s mission is to train First Nations Individuals who have addiction issues using Indigenous Health and Wellness principles to achieve financial independence. He has used himself as an example to achieve this. Jackson has been married for 20 years, has been a homeowner for 20 years, is very, very close to being financially independent, and has done a bit of travel in his recovery journey.

Jackson’s core mission is to train other individuals to be financially independent.

To accomplish this Jackson has been working in the Addictions Field since June 2001. He started as an intake worker, then Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, then senior counselor and Team Leader, and manager of 4 programs located in two locations. He has created and developed his society, his website and has created and published recovery-related tips on YouTube. His five main drivers of empowerment are Recovery, Education, Employment, Culture, and Life Skills.

Jackson’s education includes a certificate in Fisheries Technical Assistance Program, a diploma in Forest Resource Technology, a Certificate of Counselling Science with a Specialized Addiction Counsellor Certificate, a BA Psychology Major, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Professional Communication.

Jackson is also very involved in the community. He has completed the Dale Carnegie Course and was also a Graduate Assistant three times. He has been a member of Toastmasters and has led a group of learners for the Aboriginal Run Walk program hosted by SportMed BC for approximately ten years.

Jackson has been an executive director for an Indigenous Non-profit organization located at the corner of Main and Hastings in Vancouver BC where he was instrumental in raising close to $1 Million in one year. He continues to work on and develop a society he was instrumental in developing where he is striving to “Create an innovative, dynamic work environment that supports the health and well-being of the team.” He finds it very difficult to talk about himself and finds it very difficult to fit in all his contributions and accomplishments in such a small space.

Ruth Dorsainville

Ruth Dorsainville

Talent & Culture Manager

Indigenous Friends Association


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Ruth Dorsainville is the Talent and Culture Manager for the Indigenous Friends Association, CEO of DNA Diversity Executive Search, a Certified Leadership Coach (CLC), Founder of the Recruiting and Staffing World. While working on Wall Street as the Vice President of New York Staffing, a division of Chartwell Staffing Services, a Certified WBENC (Women Owned Business) and Disadvantage Business Certified (DBE). Achievements and awards in recognition, includes: in 2003, INC Magazine designated New York Staffing Services one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. It has received many other citations and awards, including an award for Outstanding Business Enterprise by the National Minority Business Council, Inc.

In April 2009 and has also been featured on Forbes magazine. Ruth has a proven record of success assisting world-class organizations with their executive recruitment and leadership development requirements. A trusted advisor to senior management, she builds long-term relationships, and has an established reputation for her commitment to excellence and focus on results. Although she was living the “Canadian and American Dream”, deep inside she knew something needed to change because even with all her successes, she still felt unfulfilled. Thus she began her transition to find her career of passion. She discovered that in order to live a fulfilled life she needed to pursue her soul’s purpose.

By taking charge of her destiny and following her dreams, Ruth finally found peace and felt complete. Today she inspires individuals to live their essence through their career, entrepreneurial business and promote diversity in the workplace. She does so through many different mediums including her peak performance leadership coaching practice. She has studied and has been coached by world leaders such as Anthony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Darren Hardy, John Maxwell, Barbara Bruno and Chelt Holmes. Ruth left Wall Street to become a humanitarian and conscious entrepreneur devoted to empowering millions of people to live their true purpose on earth and change the world towards positive consciousness.

She is a member of several professional associations, supports various charitable and community based organizations, and also offers her time coaching recent graduates. She is author of DNA of HappYness: 30 Minutes Success Strategy for a Better Work Life Balance to help individual find passion in their career by being true to their life’s purpose. She also wrote, A CEO Guide to Diversity and Inclusion to help organization create a legacy company.

Janet Hanuse

Janet Hanuse

Director, Indigenous Programs

Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training

My name is Janet Hanuse.  I am a member of the Gwa’sala-‘Nak’waxda’xw Nations and the ‘Wuikinukv Nations, located off the west coast of BC. Born and raised in rural Port Hardy, BC, I have grown accustomed to limited access to services, which has resulted in my passion for innovative approaches to program delivery and leadership.  I am currently a guest in the WSÁNEĆ Territory, specifically the land of the Tsartlip First Nation.  For the last two years, I have had the privilege of leading a team in the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, where we have been able to work with Indigenous communities across the province of BC to access training and post-secondary education in community. My approach to leadership was first developed while I was a part of the Friendship Centre movement with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.  As part of a provincial committee, I supported executive directors, board directors, and organization managers in all areas of organizational development and leadership.  My passion and inspiration for resilience derives from the untold experiences of my parents who were both residential school survivors.  I live and breathe each day in honour of my ancestors, my family, and future generations of all Indigenous people across Canada.