Wulamaliswiikaan ~ Delaware Nation Health Centre
Wulamaliswiikaan, the Delaware Health Centre strives to be a holistic health centre, dedicated to providing confidential and culturally appropriate health programs and services to the Delaware Nation community. Our goal is to provide quality, equitable and accessible programs and supports which enhance the health and well-being of our community. Our programs focus on education, prevention, intervention and aftercare in a way which supports our Nation’s cultural values. We believe that together, we can create a legacy for our future generations!
A friendly reminder when visiting the centre:
* Please bring your health card on your first visit,
* Bring a list of current medications.
If you are experiencing an urgent medical emergency, please call 911, or visit your nearest emergency department.
Programs and Services
Health Promotion, Education and Support
Wulamaliswiikaan is committed to working with members of the Delaware Nation community to ensure equitable access to quality health care services, including health promotion, illness and injury prevention, first aid, medical referrals, immunizations, screening, infection control, HIV/AIDS awareness, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness. We strive to enhance the health and well-being of the Delaware Nation through the delivery of culturally appropriate health programs and community awareness campaigns focused on education, prevention, intervention and aftercare.
The goal of the Diabetes Care Program is to provide support, education and the appropriate tools to community members living with diabetes, and their families. We offer various individual and group services including screening activities and information sessions, nutritional counseling, cooking classes and foot care. We aim to provide diabetes services which are culturally sensitive.
Prenatal and Healthy Babies
The Wulamaliswiikaan Delaware Health Centre provides several services for expectant and new parents, including prenatal classes and nutritional assistance, welcome baby packages, well baby clinics, as well as home visits and on-going family support.
True wellness encompasses the mind, body and spirit, and our Community Wellness Program provides the support community members need to get and/or stay healthy throughout their lives. Services range from seasonal and age focused fitness programs, to traditional healing, wellness days, family activities and outings, various workshops and the Wiingun Miichuwaakan (Good Food) Program, which provides nutritional assistance.
Home Care Services are available for the elderly, disabled, post-operative patients, chronic care patients, as well as special circumstance child care. Service is based on a needs assessment coordinated by the Homemaker Coordinator and the Community Health Nurse.
Mental Health and Addictions
This service provides counseling programs and referrals to mental health professionals who can incorporate either western or traditional practices to assist a person in improving their mental health and their overall sense of well-being.
Addictions services provide supports through Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, case management, access to aftercare, as well as working with individuals to design and access service that are culturally and individually appropriate.
Animal Control Services
Wulamaliswiikaan and the Animal Control Officer coordinate on-call services for stray animals, which are transported to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
The Animal Control Officer with the support of the Community Health Representative (CHR) and in conjunction with Health Canada also monitors the prevalence of the West Nile Virus through a mosquito trapping and bird surveillance program annually from June to October.
The Medical Transportation program was developed to ensure community members have equitable access to health services located outside the community. This program is guided by the “The Medical Transportation Policy,” available to all community members from Wulamaliswiikaan during hours of operation. The program employs four (4) medical drivers who provide transportation and are coordinated by the Health Clerk. Transportation is provided for First Nation members on reserve to access treatment from local physicians, dentists, medical specialists and specialized clinics for mental health and addictions.
Child and Youth Program
The child and youth program provides healthy after school programming for children in grades 1-12 at the Taxwax Wiikiht, Youth Centre.
During summer months, the Child and Youth Services and Program Leader oversees the coordination of the Summer Youth Program (SYP). SYP is for Delaware Nation youth ages 12-17 and is designed to provide fun, interactive and learning activities which expose youth to various career and education paths. The program is a great way to learn and earn throughout the summer. Application is advertised throughout June.
Child Welfare Program
The Delaware Nation Chief and Council strive to ensure the safety and protection of their member children whom are involved with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS). The Delaware Nation Chief and Council entrust this responsibility to delegated staff; whom are responsible for protecting the best interests of Delaware Nation children and ensuring families are respected, have a voice and feel supported when dealing with CAS. The delegate, which is currently a shared role between the Health and Assistant Health Directors, represents the best interests of the child in coordination with the parents, family and CAS. Family support is coordinated with the parent, family, the delegate of the Band, and Mnaasged Child and Family Services.
The Delaware Nation and Chatham-Kent Children’s Services have a protocol outlining a relationship that is based on mutual respect and recognition of the Delaware Nation’s autonomy and supports Customary Care within the Delaware Nation membership. The purpose of Customary Care is to ensure Delaware Nation member children, and those eligible for membership, and who are in need of placement, remain within and/or connected to the Delaware Nation community. The Delaware Nation and the Chatham-Kent Children’s Services work together to provide a safe environment for Delaware Nation children and youth and to ensure children remain within the community and with their families. Customary Care is guided by principles that are based on Delaware Nation culture, practices and services.
Wulamaliswiikaan staff strives to ensure optimal health of the community is appropriately supported; please feel free to contact our staff with health and wellness related questions. We also welcome feedback and have an idea post in the waiting area of our building.
THE HEALTH TEAM
Health Director, Valerie Peters
Assistant Health Director, Arnette Timothy
Youth Services and Program Leader, Crystal Heidbrick
Homemaker Coordinator, Joanna Noah
Health Clerk, Peggy Hopkins
Healing and Wellness Worker, Jason Meness
Community Support Worker, Doreen Jacobs
Community Health Nurse, currently vacant
Community Health Representative, Stacy Timothy
Building Maintenance, Lucinda Lascelles
Wulamaliswiikaan Delaware Nation Health Centre
14737 School House Line
RR#3 Thamesville ON N0P 2K0
Toll Free: 1-866-331-4033
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.