MEET THE SBE GROUP

SUSAN BUCHANAN

CHEIF CHANGE MAKER

Susan has been providing professional workshops for teachers, businesses, social workers, and leaders in First Nation and Inuit communities for the past 18 years.  Susan is a published author of two books, educational curriculum and an international speaker.  Her workshops have been described as enlightening, valuable, positive, and dynamic.

WENDY HANDY

PEOPLE PLANNER

Wendy Handy was born and raised in Thunder Bay and now resides in the beautiful community of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. With her husband and 2 children, Wendy operates a small hobby farm with horses, dogs, cats, and plenty of wildlife.  A business owner and active community member, Wendy has made human connections and positive support networks a key foundation to the establishment of her past and present businesses.

JOE POBIHUSHCHY

CAPACITY BUILDER

Joe Pobihushchy was born in Red Deer Alberta and has lived in Vancouver and St John’s Newfoundland. Joe has an Earth Sciences Degree from Memorial University. After many successful professional achievements in the Environmental field he turned his attention to the Humanities. During his 4 year journey of personal growth and development he discovered his passion for helping others to be their best and achieve their personal goals. Joe has traveled to many First Nation Communities through Susan Buchanan Consulting and successfully ignited enthusiasm in others to discover their best in: their relationships, community living and work.

ADRIENNE BUCHANAN

VISUAL ARCHITECT

BRENDA FERRIS-HYATT

CAPACITY BUILDER

Brenda is a happily retired school Principal with 30 years experience working with First Nations communities. She has taught almost all levels of education and is really enjoying teaching youth, adults and education professionals . Brenda believes we all have special skills and abilities, and as an educator she is committed to helping all her clients discover theirs. Like many of us she enjoys being outside either fishing, riding or playing with her two horses. Brenda is the proud mother of two grown daughters and along with her husband, owns and operates Hyatt’s Manion Lake Camp a fishing and hunting resort in Northwestern Ontario.

VICTOR POBIHUSHCHY

ACTION MAN

Over the past 30 years Victor Pobihushchy’s career has afforded him the privilege to work with many First Nation Communities throughout Canada.

Victor expertise in Project Management Professional, and as a Certified Equipment Management Professional has been beneficial to several communities in developing businesses, economic development, construction management, cost savings and cost avoidance relation to project, contract and equipment management.

Victor has more than 2 decades dealing with addiction recovery and anger management.

A firm believer in spirituality,Victor is a living legend of change…. in many circles, Victor is referred to as Action Man.

TANYA

CAPACITY BUILDER

Tanya earned a doctorate in Feminist and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa after completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts (Lakehead University) and Master of Arts (Queen’s University) degrees in Philosophy.  She has held positions in not-for-profit organizations, education, and as a freelance writer.  She is passionate about education and lifelong learning.  Tanya is looking forward to working in and learning from the many vibrant First Nations communities across Canada.  Committed to using her skills, education and experience to enrich the lives of others, Tanya sees working for SBE Group as a chance to be an instrument of change.

HOLLY KONDRESKA

CAPACITY BUILDER

Originally from the Northwest Territories and proudly Dene. However, Holly grew up in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and has also lived in Kenya and France. Holly graduated from Lakehead University with a Geography Degree and then completed a Paramedic Diploma. While working as a paramedic in Northwestern Ontario, she also volunteered with the Red Cross locally and in Honduras.Holly has recently started her own business, Superior Edge Rescue and continues to teach baccountry medicine.
Holly is an avid explorer, backpacker, international traveller, SCUBA diver and most importantly has discovered the adventures of parenting. Single motherhood and career changes motivated Holly to build her own tiny house. Simple living, owning less stuff gives me more freedom and happiness I can share with my amazing son.

GARETH EVANS

ACTION MAN

Gareth has been involved with SBE Group for over 12 years, helping out with design and production.

He began his career as a graphic designer and a production artist in the printing industry over 25 years ago, including managing a small print shop for several years.

Gareth transitioned to the agency industry, joining Extreme Group as a project and production manager, where he remained for over 11 years, and now plies his trade at Chester + Company, managing their studio.

He has worked with such high-profile clients as Tourism Nova Scotia, Bell Aliant, Sony Canada, Moosehead Breweries, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, Eastlink, and O’Regan’s Automotive Group, among many others..

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS

BULLY FREE CLASSROOM

Bullying is an issue that concerns us all. In this informative workshop learn how to deal with bullying, social skill issues that result in negative interactions and how to create a safe, bullying-free environment.

RAISING A
BULLY FREE FAMILY

This informative 3 hour session is designed for caregivers, parents, front line workers, concerned community members & all those who work with children & youth.

SOCIAL
SKILLS & BEYOND

This workshop includes: social skills and social responsibility, bullying prevention and resources, emotion and virtue cards, and sample lesson plans.

PARENTING DURING
THE SCHOOL YEAR

Designed to assist parents and caregivers with the difficult role of parenting. In this workshop participants will walk away with a “parenting plan” covering such areas as social skills, rules, chores, homework, school, and much more. “You go!” moms, dads and caregivers.

BECOMING
EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY

Although most dating violence is experienced by young women, it also happens to men at an increasing rate. Learn about what do do if you or someone you know is experiencing this, and how to break the silence.

ANGER MANAGEMENT
WORKSHOP

You will learn more about emotions, self-regulation, and anger management so that you can have more meaningful, long-lasting and healthy bonds with others, as well as with yourself.

TEAM
BUILDING WORKSHOPS

This team building workshop is for Chiefs, councillors, Entities, Band Office Staff,
School Staff, Board, Health Center…any team!

LIFE SKILLS
WORK SKILLS SUCCESS

These positive and interactive sessions are for: youth and adults who are seeking positive change in their personal lives, while also seeking new careers, business ventures or education.