Grand Opening of The Phoenix Centre Cultural Space

On October 30th, a momentous occasion was celebrated as The Phoenix Centre proudly opened its doors to a brand new cultural space. The day was filled with gratitude and emotion as we were truly honoured to have two remarkable individuals, Sherry Dion – a knowledgeable keeper and helper, and Chantel Chadwick – a talented drummer and singer of Pikwakanagan First Nation for joining us for the opening ceremony.

The event commenced with a profound opening prayer led by Sherry Dion, followed by a sacred smudging ceremony and the beautiful sound of Chantel Chadwick’s drum while singing the Algonquin Welcoming Song. It was a deeply moving experience, emphasizing the significance of opening this space to our community.

The Indigenous cultural room is a welcoming place for all Indigenous peoples within community. The new Indigenous space will allow Indigenous People to receive supports, to be able to use sacred medicines while on their journey. The Phoenix Centre acknowledges the invaluable knowledge and journey that Indigenous Peoples continue to carry.

Veronica Miller, a Family and Child therapist and citizen of the Métis Nation, is available to Indigenous clients who would like services from our Indigenous therapist.

The Phoenix Centre recognized the important need of having spaces that are both cultural and safe spaces for Indigenous Peoples within our community. Within the Indigenous Cultural Space those can enjoy Indigenous literature, explore the beautiful artwork, socialize with friends, or simply find a moment of quiet contemplation.

Countless hours of thought and care were invested in every aspect of this cultural space. Each piece within the space was handpicked from Indigenous businesses and from Indigenous artists, to foster an environment of inclusivity, connection, and reflection..

The Phoenix Centre is delighted to open its doors to this new cultural space to the community, extending an open invitation to everyone. You are welcome to visit the space, where you can settle into one of our comfortable chairs, immerse yourself in Indigenous literature, explore the beautiful artwork, socialize with friends, or simply find a moment of quiet contemplation.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community who attended, making our opening ceremony a meaningful event.

Special gratitude goes to our dedicated organizers, including Veronica Miller-Family and Child Therapist and citizen of the Métis Nation, Abby Doner-Family and Child Therapist, Debra Woodfine-Clinical Director and Sue Kennedy-Executive Director. Their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment transformed our vision into a beautiful reality!

The Phoenix Centre’s Indigenous Cultural Space is now open and eager to welcome you. We
look forward to sharing this sacred and enriching space with our wonderful community. Thank
you for being a part of this incredible journey!

pictured from left to right: Sherry Dion, Abby Doner, Sue Kennedy, Veronica Miller and Chantal Chadwick


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