Meet Maura

I am Dene from Tulita in the Northwest Territories. I work on the unceded and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.  

I am committed to empowering others.  My goal is to meet you where you are at. We will work together to reduce your pain and increase your resiliency, making use of both my own lived experience and the learnings gained through earning my Masters in Social Work.

On my days off you will find me at the soccer field with my 5 energetic boys, walking in nature and taking care of my own spiritual, ceremonial and healing needs.

Working Together

We will weave together traditional and cultural teachings with therapeutic modalities to help you heal, recover and become even stronger than you thought possible.

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"I am not what happened to me.  

I am what I choose to become."

- Carl Jung

Testimonials

Culture

"Maura brings compassion, heartfelt connection, a solid frame for ethical and socially just practice, and  a spirited presence to all of her relational work. Her grounding in her culture and communities help her hold space for struggle, hope, and transformation." 

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC

Therapeutic Supervisor/Adjunct Professor

Support

"I have known Maura for a number of years and in that time I have seen her grow into a incredible woman. Maura volunteers for the community. She has supported lost and murdered women, Vancouver women center and various other organizations. Maura is also a traditional healer who supports people who come to her by smudging them with her eagle fan. She also uses other traditional medicines. Maura is an inspiration to women who meet her." 

Jocelyn Mcree

Indigenous Service Coordinator for the Intensive Case Management Team

Compassion

“I have worked with Maura for approximately eight years and she brings intelligence, sincerity, compassion, insight and support to everything she is involved in. Maura is an incredibly hard worker and full of passion.”

Andrea Glickman

Policy Director at the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Dedication

"Maura has dedicated many years of hard work and delivering quality service to marginalized communities, individuals and families. She has supported and guided many people throughout her journey. Maura’s strong work ethics, morals and values have made a positive impact. She is an aspiration and role model for young children and students emerging into the field of Social Work." 

Shannon Maharaj

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