Caren is a passionate and engaged change-maker working to make a difference for those who are facing and have overcome difficulty.
She is a determined and informed advocate for women, families, and those who are overcoming addictions and living with disabilities. She has overcome many barriers in her life and continues to be a loving and devoted mother, an engaged citizen, and a voice for those who are still finding their path through the darkest parts of our world.
Carens work is driven by years of personal struggles, which at times she thought she would never see the other side of. But her character and personal determination pulled her through, and she found joy, strength and healing through raising her children and reconnecting with her culture and traditional ways. She is personable and proactive in her work and builds strong connections with her clients, audiences, and community, embracing diversity and rising above differences.
Caren is working to break down barriers, end stigma, and create a better and more inclusive world. She does this through front-line work with those in need, through community outreach and engagement, and through educating and informing those with decision-making power to consider the views of those on the margins.
Some of her recent work includes leadership roles in provincial initiatives to address substance use and harm reduction, overdose prevention, as well as addressing the intersections between substance use and prenatal care in marginalized populations. Additionally, she has been working on the frontlines with groups such as the Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC, and the Urban Native Youth Association. She has shared her story through speaking with audiences from the local to international level, including activists, front-line workers, policy-makers, and the public.
She has recently completed a Community Service and Addictions Worker Diploma with Honours, and was the valedictorian of her class. She has education in Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, and Family Life in Canada, as well as extensive training in case management, social services, life-span development, and mental health.
Recovery & Healing
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Motherhood & Family
Mental Health & Wellness