A member of Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Thelma (Naomi) Morris is Tikinagan’s Executive Director. She reports directly to the Tikinagan Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall organization, direction and operation of Tikinagan services as well as providing leadership to the agency as a whole.
Thelma worked several years as a Tikinagan front line worker and supervisor after graduating from Confederation College with a Native Mental Health Worker diploma in 1997. She later continued her studies, earning two degrees from Lakehead University – Bachelor of Arts (2004) and Honours Bachelor of Social Work (2006). She also gained additional work experience as a researcher and counsellor for regional health and education organizations based in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout.
In 2009, Thelma returned to Tikinagan. Two years later she was promoted from being a service manager to director of services.
“Tikinagan is a dynamic agency with a unique service delivery model that promotes inclusion, empowerment and cultural respect. It is a pleasure to work with Tikingan because it values the mandate to keep children safe while maintaining strong connections with family and community. Meegwetch.”