February 2011 Press Release



Vancouver, February 21, 2011 – The Board of Directors of the First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification Board is pleased to welcome its new President, Patrick Dumont

Born in Niagara Falls Ontario on August 21, 1959, Patrick is a status Algonquin from the First Nation Community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in the province of Quebec where he currently resides with his wife, a registered nurse from the same community. They are raising their three sons aged 15, 17 and 20.

Patrick Dumont is the Executive Director of the Wanaki Treatment Centre, the only First Nation NNADAP bilingual treatment centre in Canada. Patrick has piloted the successful achievements of major milestones since the opening of the centre in September 1992: In 1997, Wanaki became the second treatment centre in Quebec to sign a 5-year transfer agreement with the FNIHB of Health Canada. In 2000 the Centre became the first treatment centre in Canada to receive recognition of accreditation through Accreditation Canada. This accreditation certification is still maintained today.

With a background in business administration, Patrick’s path toward a career of executive directorship began in 1986 as a Local Economic Development Officer in the Economic Development program for the Algonquin First Nation communities of Western Quebec. He was later offered the positions of Regional Coordinator and then of Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation he had structured with support of the communities. Before his election as President of the First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification Board, Patrick was a member of its Board of Director, occupying the position of National representative for the Quebec region.

The mission of the First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification Board is to provide relevant certification and access to training that is specific to traditional First Nations healing philosophy.

The First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification Board has been selected by Health Canada as the national institution granting certification for Indigenous Addictions Specialists, presently offering three levels of certification The FNWACCB certification process is one way to ensure that addiction specialists have and maintain the special skills and knowledge needed to work effectively within the First Nations Communities, thus insuring that they continue to provide the best and most appropriate services to clients.

The professional certification standards of the FNWACCB constitutes an important step to ensure the continuation of First Nations Wellness and Addiction Programs and provides a measure of competence which will be recognized far beyond the First Nations.

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