(Elder) Yvonne Rigsby Jones

Yvonne Rigsby Jones dedicated 29 years of her professional life to leading Tsow-Tun Le Lum Treatment Center, retiring in June 2015.  She has continued to be active in her work; currently as an Elder for Simon Fraser University and a member of the Governing Council for the MSW Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Program, University of Toronto. She continues to facilitate healing workshops on a contract basis

Working with a Pro-Active Board of Directors at Tsow-Tun Le Lum, leading edge treatment practises were developed.  Pioneering healing of Residential School Trauma Healing for example.  She combined sound management with a caring and compassionate engagement with people as individuals, and the organization when she retired was largely a reflection of her character and commitment.  Over her career she participated on many Regional and National Committees which enriched her life but also her work.

Yvonne understands traditional practices and ceremony are the way home for many of our wounded people. She has listened, encouraged, challenged and lead. She believes in compassion because compassion works.

Yvonne is Snuneymuxw First Nation, Coast Salish.  A sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.