Session: Jordan's Principle Panel - Real Stories to Share

The Jordan’s Principle Child First Initiative supports First Nations children to receive the health care and social services they have a right to receive where they live and when services are needed. A diverse panel will share success stories and lessons learned from professional involvement with this initiative. Jordan’s Principle was named to honour the legacy of Jordan River Anderson. Jordan was born with profound disabilities in Norway House First Nation. He died in hospital while governments disputed their responsibilities to pay for his care.

Sue Mozdzen Sue is a Little Rock Standing Hawk Woman, Metis, and from Kinosota on both her maternal and paternal sides, with status to Williams Lake, British Columbia within the Shuswap territory. She is veteran registered social worker with a Master’s degree and has specialized in working with children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, diabetes, and global developmental delays. As a family care clinician in Jordan’s Principle at St.Amant, her direct work is with families, providing counselling with an emphasis on art and narrative therapy.   For 15 years, Sue was on an FASD Coalition, working towards family reunification with foster and birth families. Her main focus is always ensuring that families are heard, and recognized as the foremost experts on the needs of children and their families.

Sarah Norquay Sarah is a physiotherapist with the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. She has been travelling to several First Nations communities with Jordan’s Principle for more than two years, working with preschool aged children and children who are not attending school. Sarah is passionate about collaborating with families and community members, and feels honoured to have a role with Jordan’s Principle.

Kelsey Pederson Kelsey is a speech-language pathologist with the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities who has been working with Jordan's Principle for almost two years. Kelsey currently travels to Garden Hill, St. Theresa Point, and Wasagamack. She works with children from birth to kindergarten entry, and with children who are not attending school. Kelsey feels lucky to work with families in the north. Previously, she worked for three-and-a-half years in Winnipeg schools.

Kathy Wood Kathy is a rehabilitation worker with Jordan’s Principle in Garden Hill First Nation. She has recently stepped in this new position after some time as a child development worker in the Garden Hill First Nation – Jordan’s Principle Program. Kathy is also the mother to Malanda and grandmother to Charlie, who have agreed to share their story.