Mitch Bourbonniere, Social Worker and Community Activist
Mitch is a founding member of the Bear Clan Patrol and is currently volunteering with the Mama Bear Clan, Got Bannock, Drag the Red, Teddy Bears Picnic and many more endeavours. He runs two programs for at-risk youth and adults called Action Therapy and Ogijiita Pimatisiwin Kinamatwin (OPK). Mitch teaches at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and the University of St. Boniface and is a school social worker in the Louis Riel School Division.
Session: Creating a Sense of Belonging, Identity and Purpose Through Community Service: A Blueprint for Anyone Regardless of Challenges or Abilities
Mitch has spent much of his career working with young people with cognitive and developmental challenges. Part of his work with these young people is to build their self-esteem, confidence, sense of empathy and social skills. The vehicle that Mitch uses to accomplish this is through citizenship, volunteerism, and positive activism. Mitch will describe his work with young people volunteering with Mama Bear Clan, Got Bannock, Drag the Red, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, and the Indigenous Pavilion at Folklorama.