White Lightning Consulting
we are a mobile team with a special interest in Youth suicide Prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Our INTEGRATIVE TEAM APPROACH will enhance community healing efforts for individuals, families, and front line workers.
through our healing workshops, crisis intervention response training, youth leadership Training, and on-the-land therapy, we will mentor participants and offer follow-UP support for long-term mental health solutions.
We believe in a collaborative community approach that utilizes the relational principles of the Medicine Wheel.
We are a dynamic mobile team who have specialized training and many years of experience in education, counseling and workshops. Our team is unique in its focus on developing community capacity through long-term, culturally appropriate grassroots solutions. Our program offers traditional on-the-land healing opportunities, ceremonies, workshops, and training with Indigenous mentors.
Of utmost importance, with our combined years of experience living and working in the north, are the relationships we have with developed with others. In this sacred network of trust lies continued opportunity to build capacity and maintain healthy lifestyles in a solution-focused design.
Our approach is multi-faceted, integrated, and provides flexible points of entry. Our services include strategic tools and workshops that help develop unified quality service provisions.
Marie Mihalicz, CEO and President
Marie has lived and worked in the north her entire life.
Marie is a dynamic Facilitator for Certified Grief Support and Trauma Recovery, individual, group, workshops, and healing retreats and is a specialized Youth/Adult Leadership Instructor. Her creative and effective strength based counseling model is based on an Indigenous paradigm of collective, inclusive, holistic and experiential ways of knowing.
Marie is enrolled in a Doctoral of Social Sciences Program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Her dissertation stems from an Indigenous paradigm based on building capacity through a collaborative community intervention process through collective peer leadership. Her work will influence new knowledge producers and influence policy change at municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
Doug Bartake, Shareholder
Doug is experienced with addictions counselling and received extensive holistic training through traditional Cree, Lakota Sioux and Ojibway elders. He is a trained Community Development/Family Social Worker, and has also worked with the Government of Saskatchewan in open and closed custody facilities. Doug was a Sessional Instructor for Gabriel Dumont Institute and was one of the main contributors in the development of the University of Regina accredited Metis Certificate of Social Work Program. He taught Social Work classes as a sessional Instructor for many years with the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, now First Nations University. He recently retired from Northern Lights School Division as a Social Worker/Student Counsellor, where he developed a Critical Incident Response and Suicide Intervention program for many Northern Communities. During his years as Responsive Services Coordinator he was passionate in building a network of community connection and school/community/agency collaboration and response through prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies for Suicide intervention. Doug lives in Martensville, Saskatchewan.
Angie Mihalicz, Consultant
Angie raised her children in Beauval and has lived in the north for over 50 years. She has her B. Ed and taught high school in Beauval for 10 years. Angie instructed the Development Studies course with Northlands College over 15 years. After Angie retired from teaching she was part of a Team that provided Leadership Training across Saskatchewan’s north including Alberta and Manitoba. Angie became a T4T Adult Leadership Instructor. She developed a Youth Leadership Course and continues to be active in its delivery, along with Grief Support and Trauma Recovery retreats. She is a Reiki master and Craniosacral therapist. Angie understands the complexity of working with families and children with anxiety and believes in developing basic foundations of self-esteem, spirituality and balance through a healthy lifestyle.