Joe Gacheru, Jordan’s Principle Regional Coordinator Joe Gacheru  photo
Joe has worked for Indigenous Services Canada for the past 13 years as a Public Health Nurse, Nurse Manager, and Regional Homecare Coordinator and most recently as the First Nations Inuit Health Branch Manitoba Jordan’s Principle Regional Coordinator. He has formerly worked as a Health Director for a First Nation community in Alberta. Joe worked for seven years as a live-in assistant with L’Arche Winnipeg and L’Arche Calgary, supporting persons with disabilities in a home setting. Joe has extensive experiences and knowledge providing leadership, guidance, oversight and delivery of a wide range of services and programs aimed at improving quality, access and safety of health services both in Canada and Kenya.

Ben Adaman, Senior Manager, St.Amant fullsizeoutput_10c6
Ben Adaman is the Senior Manager of Clinical Services at St.Amant and the lead for St.Amant’s Jordan’s Principle services. Ben supports clinicians from nine disciplines who work with both children and adults in a wide range of residential and community-based settings. Originally trained as a speech-language pathologist, Ben’s recent initiatives include developing recommendations for the renewal of Spiritual Health services and leading the development of St.Amant’s first Accessibility Plan and accessibility policies. Ben also co-chairs the St.Amant Ethics Committee.

Session: Listening to First Nation Children and their Families: The Manitoba Jordan’s Principle Circle of Care Approach

Manitoba is the first region in Canada to adopt an integrated circle of care approach to the Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative. Following the lead of communities across the province, Tribal Councils, specialized service providers, funders and other stakeholders are working together to support children and their families. Joe Gacheru and Ben Adaman will be sharing their experience and their lessons learned.