Dr. Annelind Wakegijig, Board Member, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Volunteering with the Board of Directors at AHT Strengthens the Spirit and Connects Dr. Annelind Wakegijig to her late Father

Growing up at Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in the late 80s/early 90s, Dr. Annelind Wakegijig had never thought about becoming a physician despite a love of science in high school. “Originally, I thought about maybe becoming a lab technician. I had never met an Indigenous doctor – it wasn’t something that occurred to me.” 

Annelind credits a tour of the University of Toronto organized by Kahontakwas Diane Longboat when she was midway through high school with opening a doorway to a career in medicine. Kind and persistent encouragement to students from First Nations Communities by Anne Marie Hodes from the University of Alberta School of Medicine led Annelind to attend the school. 


Norman Beaton, Client, Anishnawbe Health Toronto


Client Profile, Norman Beaton
From Healing Circle to Healing Journey

Norman grew up in Toronto, the oldest in a family of five children. His grandmother was Mi’kmaw, from Nova Scotia, but he was not raised with his culture or Indigenous identity. Norman’s homelife was not easy. His father drank and was abusive towards them. Norman recalls, “trauma was very prevalent in my family.” 

Norman turned to drinking at an early age and slowly began to distance himself from his mother and siblings. He admits he lost himself over the years. Norman explains, “I used to go drink in the park or to the woods and drink by myself or with friends. This went on for years.” Norman continues, “One night I went out and drank. The next thing you know I woke up in a police station charged with stealing liquor from a liquor store.” That night changed Norman’s life. 


From left to right: Julie Cookson – Executive Director, Shiv Bansal – Shiv Bansal Real Estate Team, Andre Morriseau – AHF Board Chair 

Shiv Bansal Real Estate Team Marked the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by Issuing a $25,000 Matching Donation Challenge for Anishnawbe Health 

On September 30th, the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Shiv Bansal and his real estate team, matched donations to Anishnawbe Health Foundation, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. The funds support the work of Anishnawbe Health Toronto to reclaim, preserve and support access to Indigenous Traditional Healing practices. 

Shiv Bansal and his team have a strong history of charitable work in the community including raising funds for the Ajax Pickering Hospital and The Alzheimer Society. 

“Until about ten years ago, I was not aware of the shameful treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the legacy of Residential Schools – my son was the one who first told me about this history.  And then, a few years ago, I came to know about Anishnawbe Health, and the great work they do, through sponsoring the Toronto Netralya Lions Club gala in support of building a new home for Anishnawbe Health.  



Anishnawbe Health Selected for 24 GOOD DEEDS Charity Advent Calendar

We are excited to share that Anishnawbe Health has been selected as one of twenty-four charities of choice for the 24 GOOD DEEDS Charity Advent Calendar. Make your holiday charitable gift giving easy and heartwarming this year, with the 24 GOOD DEEDS Charity Advent Calendar. Each day from December 1st to 24th, the recipient of your gift Advent Calendar can open a door to discover how your donation on their behalf supports another meaningful environmental or social project by one of 24 carefully vetted registered Canadian charities.

To learn more or order your own Advent Calendar visit Donate (24gooddeeds.ca)


Donna Augustine, Thunderbird Turtle Woman

Join us for the next edition of Wisdom Weavers with Donna Augustine

On October 28th, the Wisdom Weavers Storytelling & Traditional Teachings series continues with our next Storyteller, Donna Augustine, Thunderbird Turtle Woman. Donna is Mi’kmaq from the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a spiritual ceremonial leader and a strong advocate for her culture.  

Donna is a dreamer and a strong intuitive person; a gift carried by a few that is highly respected. She went on a mission to help her people and others, reclaim their identity by going back to ceremonial way of life. Donna’s storytelling presentation is titled: Reclaiming Our Traditions, Our Ceremonies, and Our Spirit. 

Join us October 28th at 12:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/anishnawbe for this instalment of Wisdom Weavers, and catch-up on past Wisdom Weavers Traditional teachings visit bit.ly/WisdomWeavers


Anishnawbe Health featured on CTV News Toronto 

On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Pauline Chan, Health Reporter at CTV News, stopped by Anishnawbe Health Toronto to speak with Leslie Saunders, Manager, Primary Health, about the future home of Anishnawbe Health opening Fall of 2023 in the Canary District at Front and Cherry Streets. 

To watch the full interview visit https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2532663 and to watch construction progress on the live feed here: https://supportanishnawbe.ca/the-campaign/realtime-livestream/ 



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