As more and more Canadians choose to engage in conversations about reconciliation and advocate for Indigenous inclusion, the demand for our services continues to grow. As such, the Indigenous Reconciliation Group is pleased to welcome Lisa Zimmerman to the company as the Manager, Equity Programs.
Lisa brings over 14 years of experience to her new position having worked in the areas of mental health and psychotherapy. She is trained in a number of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness meditation, somatic experiencing, and motivational interviewing.
Lisa has worked closely with military personnel and first responders and has a keen interest in supporting those who work and live in high-stress environments. A skilled facilitator and presenter, Lisa has presented and conferences across Australia and New Zealand and throughout the Ottawa area.
“I’ve always had an interest in working in the anti-discrimination field. Supporting equity for Indigenous people means giving non-Indigenous people the skills to engage in difficult conversations about themselves and the country,” said Zimmerman.
“Working with the IRG seems like a natural progression in my work and very much reflected the conversations I was starting to have in my private practice.”
Lisa is looking forward to practicing the skills of being a good ally and supporting safety and equity for across the country. Along with her role at IRG, she has a private psychotherapy practice and will maintain her responsibilities as a clinical supervisor at St. Paul University for Masters of Counselling students.
Lisa is a graduate of the Auckland University of Technology with an MA Health Sciences.