Our Team

Facilitator
Barb Schimpl, Nursing Diploma 
  • Retired RN and grief counsellor.
  • Clinical counseling background 
  • Extensive background in mental health and group therapy

Facilitator
Alma Jean Inkster M.Ed, RCC
  • 30+ years teaching and counselling in the public school system
  • Counselling children and adults in private practice
  • Facilitator of various groups for men, women and children
  • Clinical counsellor with an integrative cancer care organization

Facilitator
Niki Knight MSW RSW
Currently in private counselling practice
  • Employed as an Adoption Social Worker for a private adoption agency
  • Clinical experience with prenatal/pregnancy, infant and child loss
  • Registered social worker

Facilitator
Julie Walkinshaw MSW, BSW, DSW, CSAT

  • Full time private practice counsellor in Vernon
  • Works with individuals, couples and families to improve love relationships and increase health and happiness.
  • RSW: Registered Social Worker
  • RPC: Registered Professional Counsellor


Facilitator 
Brenda Bannerman, BSW, MSW
  • Currently employed with Community Integrated Health Services (mental health) doing individual and group therapy
  • Formally a clinical counsellor in a Native Health Centre, as well as in private practice
  • 5 years as board member - Thompson-Okanagan Aboriginal Health Council

Coordinator 

Andrea Hoye BSN
  • Background in home care nursing
  • Former clinical resource nurse and coordinator of palliative care services in the North Okanagan
  • Leadership and supportive roles in the development and growth of North Okanagan Hospice House

Other team members include:

Registered Massage Therapist - Heidi McCartney

Healing Touch Practitioners - Gloria Makey and Jackie Relkoff

Qi Gong instructor - Gisele LeClair 

Yoga instructor - Trudi Locheed