Health and wellness are an important part of our spirit. The TH Wellness Department uses a traditional approach to help our citizens. We focus on all parts of the person: the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. We offer many different programs for citizens of all ages aimed at empowerment and healthy living. These include

Elders Program

Elders are defined as Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in citizens aged 55 or older. Elders' Support strives to provide as much assistance to Elders as possible, from offering activities and planning events to helping navigate bureaucracy. Learn more about our Elders' Program.


Youth Program

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre (THYC) exists to encourage healthy living and provide opportunities for positive youth development. The centre is the only facility available to youth ages 12-18 in Dawson and is open to all youth in the critical after-school period and evenings Mondays to Saturdays.

The THYC provides daily organized and drop-in programming to more than 84 registered youth. Our strategic vision is to create a safe and supportive environment that allows youth to explore and participate in issues of governance, education, employment, and wellness. Learn more about our Youth Program.


Family Services Program

The Family Wellness Program was created to provide direct home-based support services and supportive counselling to families and citizens in the TH community. The Family Wellness Team assistd families to identify and draw upon available services, resources, and support systems with the aim of maintaining a strong, safe, and integrated family unit. The team also works to ensure children, youth, and families understand their individual rights and responsibilities so that families are empowered to make the best decisions regarding their particular situation. Learn more about our Family Services Program


Medical Assistance and Homecare

Services from this department include financial support for health- and wellness-related expenses, home care, Meals on Wheels, and TH driver services.  Learn more about Medical Assistance and Homecare.


Counselling Program

The TH counsellor offers free counselling to TH families as well as other Indigenous families.  Learn more about our Counselling Program.


Wellness contacts

For most numbers, call us long distance at 1-844-993-7100 (or local at (867) 993-7100) plus extension number:

 Director of Wellness

Edward Whitehouse                120

Manager of Wellness Programs & Services

Sean Schmidt (acting) (867) 993-3773

Wellness Driver

JimBob Titus (867) 993-3568

Wellness Receptionist

Kelly Vittrekwa 164

Cancer Pathways Coordinator

Deena Titus 241

Child & Youth Services Coordinator

Ali Biernaskie 169

Children’s Programs Coordinator

Brittany Bauer 149

Youth Programs Coordinator

Adonika Clark  182

Community Health Representative

Anezka Hampl (acting) 241

Community Outreach Support Worker

Gladys Netro 165

Elders Support Worker

Sandra DeBastien 151

Family Counsellor

Blackbird L'Hirondelle  

Family Wellness Program Coordinator

Jennifer Klemm  255

Family Wellness Coordinator

Angela VanNostrand 184

Home & Community Care Coordinator

Dolores Scheffen 155

Indigenous Court Worker

Lorraine Granston 252

Justice Coordinator

Brenda Warren  167
Social Assistance Administrator Erin McQuaig 166

Men's Shelter Coordinator

Sean Schmidt 225

Derrick Hastings

TH Farm Manager (867) 993-3916