MEET THE SBE GROUP

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SUSAN BUCHANAN

CHIEF CHANGE MAKER

Susan has been providing professional workshops for teachers, businesses, social workers, and leaders in First Nation and Inuit communities for the past 20 years.  Susan is a published author of two books, educational curriculum and an international speaker.  Her workshops have been described as enlightening, valuable, positive, and dynamic.

Susan’s passion for ensuring the wellness and success of First Nations people has driven her toward the highest standard of excellence in the work that SBE Group does. Her commitment to this mission has allowed SBE Group to expand into the organization that is it today, providing top quality, culturally appropriate, and results oriented workshops for all stages of life.

Susan is proudly Cree with Metis status and SBE Group is registered as a 100% First Nation owned company.

NICHOLE LIX

MANAGERIAL CHIEFTESS

Nichole was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has been working as a hairstylist for 13 years. After completing her apprenticeship, Nichole moved into working in a local hair salon, but quickly realized she wanted to be in business for herself. She quit her job and has been working from her home based salon successfully for nearly 7 years.

After so many years of maintaining her business, Nichole has decided branch out from doing hair to focus on her other skills. Nichole brings her vast technological capabilities to SBEGroup in many forms. She excels in web design, social media management, graphic design, and much more.

Nichole lives to travel and tries to get away as often as she can. Her adventures have brought her to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, The Caribbean, all over the USA and more. Travel is her passion and is a main priority in her life.

Nichole was on the hunt for a new challenge and she is looking forward to branching out and exploring new opportunities with the SBEGroup team!

ADRIENNE BUCHANAN

ORGANIZATIONAL CHIEFTESS

Adrienne made her first contributions to SBE Group as the young illustrator for all of the resources still offered today. Since that time Adrienne has covered a vast number of areas within the group, from content development to facilitation, and more recently as the coordinator of all social media accounts. Adrienne’s keen sense of culture and skills in social networking are what make her perfect for the task of maintaining our social connections.

JOE POBIHUSHCHY

CAPACITY BUILDER

Joe was born in Red Deer Alberta and has lived in Vancouver and St John’s Newfoundland. Joe has an Earth Sciences Degree from Memorial University. After many successful professional achievements in the Environmental field he turned his attention to the Humanities. During his 4 year journey of personal growth and development he discovered his passion for helping others to be their best and achieve their personal goals. Joe has traveled to many First Nation Communities through SBE Group and successfully ignited enthusiasm in others to discover their best in their relationships, community living, and work.

ARLENE LEHTO

CAPACITY BUILDER

Arlene’s passion lies in helping and empowering our people. She is a natural care giver, advocate, Traditional Drum Carrier and teacher, Sweatlodge Conductor, Reiki Master, Artisan and Story teller.  Arlene’s career started in the early 90’s working in Aboriginal Management and front-line positions which included Employment and Training, Workshop Facilitation, Training & Job Mentoring, Family, Children, Elders and Youth programs, Addiction Recovery, Traditional Counselling, Outdoor Recreation, Mental Health and Correction Services.  She has travelled extensively throughout Ontario and the western provinces and has had the honor and privilege of learning from many other skilled professionals, traditional teachers and Medicine men and women.

Arlene is very excited to be a part of the SBE Group facilitating workshops and empowering others to reach for their dreams.  Arlene lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario and is happily married for 29 years.  She feels honored she was able to learn from and change the cycle of oppression, addictions, abuses and desperation that has plagued her family for many generations.  She has four healthy and successful children (three are grown) and two grandchildren.

LANA BULLOUGH

CAPACITY BUILDER

Lana is passionate about teaching healthy  life skills and  relationship skills to individuals who want to live a purposeful and abundant life. She is an award winning speaker, trainer, educator and musician who combines all of these skills in unique and inspirational ways when delivering workshops. Lana has a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Sociology, with 25 year’s experience in career and employment counselling . Through those years of helping students and adults discover their life and work passion, she developed innovative training strategies that help foster healthy relationships, promote life balance and manage stress in our high demand world.  Lana has returned to her native Thunder Bay area after living in Alberta for 35 years and now lives in her beloved little piece of heaven in Shuniah, Ont. Lana has two grown children, 2 grandkids, a dog and a husband. (Not necessarily in that order!) She is very excited to be part of the SBE Group.

ROSE PITTIS

CAPACITY BUILDER

Rose Pittis has over 25 years of experience working in the non-profit sector in Mental Health and Addictions, primarily with indigenous organizations and communities. As a Registered Social Worker with an MSW and a degree in Outdoor Recreation, she has worked as a counselor with at-risk indigenous youth, developed and facilitated training programs for professional Mental Health Workers, was a Senior Manager of Mental Health and Addictions in an indigenous organization for many years and has worked in the field as a consultant for ten years.

Recently retired, Rose lives in the rural community of South Gilles and believes in the spiritual power of her connection with the land and her horses.

Rose enjoys re-connecting with indigenous communities through her work with SBE Group and believes in the power of attaining wellness and success through the holistic connection of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

BRENDA FERRIS-HYATT

CAPACITY BUILDER

Brenda is a happily retired school Principal with 30 years experience working with First Nations communities. She has taught almost all levels of education and is really enjoying teaching youth, adults and education professionals . Brenda believes we all have special skills and abilities, and as an educator she is committed to helping all her clients discover theirs. Like many of us she enjoys being outside either fishing, riding or playing with her two horses. Brenda is the proud mother of two grown daughters and along with her husband, owns and operates Hyatt’s Manion Lake Camp a fishing and hunting resort in Northwestern Ontario.

SUSANNE BASTABLE

CAPACITY BUILDER

Susanne is a recently retired educator with 30 years of experience in Northwestern Ontario as a teacher, principal and supervising principal. Susanne attended Western, Winnipeg and Lakehead Universities to obtain her BA/BEd and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Charles Sturt University in Australia.  Most recently, Susanne has enjoyed teaching Indigenous adults, who are pursuing post secondary diplomas, in Nipissing University’s Native Classroom Assistant Diploma Programme.

When not teaching, or facilitating workshops, Susanne works with her husband at Vermilion Bay Lodge, their fishing vacation business. Susanne is excited to learn with and from workshop participants in First Nations Communities!

WENDY HANDY

PEOPLE PLANNER

Wendy was born and raised in Thunder Bay and now resides in the beautiful community of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. With her husband and 2 children, Wendy operates a small hobby farm with horses, dogs, cats, and plenty of wildlife.  A business owner and active community member, Wendy has made human connections and positive support networks a key foundation to the establishment of her past and present businesses. With a background in Human Resources and Business Administration, Wendy has been a successful entrepreneur for over 10 years in a variety of fields.  Now, these skills are essential in her role as she helps communities prepare for their workshops, and ensures everyone gets where they need to go.

GARETH EVANS

VISUAL ARCHITECT

Gareth has been involved with SBE Group for over 12 years, helping out with design and production.

He began his career as a graphic designer and a production artist in the printing industry over 25 years ago, including managing a small print shop for several years.

Gareth transitioned to the agency industry, joining Extreme Group as a project and production manager, where he remained for over 11 years, and now plies his trade at Chester + Company, managing their studio.

He has worked with such high-profile clients as Tourism Nova Scotia, Bell Aliant, Sony Canada, Moosehead Breweries, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, Eastlink, and O’Regan’s Automotive Group, among many others..

VICTOR POBIHUSHCHY

ACTION MAN

Over the past 30 years Victor Pobihushchy’s career has afforded him the privilege to work with many First Nation Communities throughout Canada.

Victor expertise in Project Management Professional, and as a Certified Equipment Management Professional has been beneficial to several communities in developing businesses, economic development, construction management, cost savings and cost avoidance relation to project, contract and equipment management.

Victor has more than 2 decades dealing with addiction recovery and anger management.

A firm believer in spirituality,Victor is a living legend of change…. in many circles, Victor is referred to as Action Man.

ELVIS

CHIEF BARKETING OFFICER

Elvis is a cool dude that specializes in making visits to SBE Group offices a memorable event. Special requests to have Elvis visit your community are an option. He loves to share the love and his chill personality. Once on your lap you will love him as we all do.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS

BULLY FREE SCHOOL & CLASSROOM

Bullying is an issue that concerns us all. In this informative workshop learn how to deal with bullying, social skill issues that result in negative interactions and how to create a safe, bullying-free environment.

RAISING A
BULLY FREE FAMILY

This informative 3 hour session is designed for caregivers, parents, front line workers, concerned community members & all those who work with children & youth.

SURVIVING GRIEF LOSS AND TRAUMA

This workshop is designed to help individuals learn more about travelling through grief, loss and trauma in the most empowering way possible, for ourselves and others, that we want to help in our lives.

PARENTING DURING
THE SCHOOL YEARS

Designed to assist parents and caregivers with the difficult role of parenting. In this workshop participants will walk away with a “parenting plan” covering such areas as social skills, rules, chores, homework, school, and much more. “You go!” moms, dads and caregivers.

BECOMING
EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY

Who doesn't need a little help along the way. Becoming Emotionally Healthy focuses on empowering people and helping them to reflect and discover themselves while gaining a better understanding of who they are.

SELF REGULATION AND ANGER MANAGEMENT

You will learn more about emotions, self-regulation, and anger management so that you can have more meaningful, long-lasting and healthy bonds with others, as well as with yourself.

TEAM
BUILDING

This team building workshop is for Chiefs, councillors, Entities, Band Office Staff,
School Staff, Board, Health Center…any team!

LIFE SKILLS
WORK SKILLS SUCCESS

These positive and interactive sessions are for: youth and adults who are seeking positive change in their personal lives, while also seeking new careers, business ventures or education.