What People Are Saying About Kweykway Consulting

“Denise has collaborated with Vancouver Coastal on several occasions; developing and delivering workshops for parents of the Squamish Nation and the greater communities of North and West Vancouver, as well as being an active member on two important committees that inform ongoing parent education and service delivery as it pertains to mental health in children and youth.

Her professionalism is always of the highest standard and her practice is grounded in the most recent literature and research.  However, what stands out is her passion to empower parents to re-assume their central role in their child’s life.  Her capacity to re-ignite their innate knowing of what is best for their child and then to infuse that knowing with practical teachings to consider is what allows Denis to make a major positive impact on the families of the North Shore.  She is engaging, authentic and joyful in her way of relating to both parents and other healthcare professionals.”

Lawrie Graham
Prevention Educator,
Youth Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs, Vancouver Coastal Health

“The work of the Kwey Kway team is inclusive of understanding Indigenous knowledge’s which center my own practice as a facilitator of social justice. Being grounded in Indigenous ways is necessary for understanding  the trauma and trauma related challenges impacting Indigenous Aboriginal populations across North America. Denise is a superb teacher and team project leader capable of helping in  visioning a design and delivery of a product to raise individual, family, and community consciousness leading to what I call ‘heart centered’ results and conclusions.

As Kwey Kway’s  leader, Denise has a lived experience of “indigenous world hurts’ along with appropriate responses to tragedy and challenges that have touched her at both ends of a bi-cultural world. Engaging with her experience, collaborative consultation, and knowledge will surely move you, your family, and your community  towards where you want to be.”

Dr. Stephen W. Kozey
B.A., M.S.W., M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., R.S.W.
Social Justice Facilitator and Educator

“As a nurse educator I am always searching for insight and enhancement of relationships and ways of being with clients and self and others. Denise has a unique gift and passion for exploring self and communication as it relates to everything around us. I use her teachings daily and always look forward to more of her dynamic workshops and ‎wisdom!, thank you Denise!”

Shawna Buchholz
Clinical Nurse Educator

“It is a honour working with Denise. The The UBC Learning circle is better for her contributions. The knowledge she shares, and her generous intuitive spirit, has helped me personally, and supported individuals and communities in ways that move us forward.”

Leah Walker
Associate Director
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

“Denise is one of the most perceptive facilitators I have ever worked with. She has a clear balance of heart and mind, and I have seen her make a profound difference for the people she works with.”

Aaron Nelson-Moody
Coast Salish Artist
Instructor Langara Reconciliation Carving Program

“Denise has a unique combination of compassion, intellect, and tenacity that makes her a force for change in the communities she is part of. She has immersed herself in Gordon Neufeld’s relational and developmental approach, teasing apart complex issues like vulnerability, maturation, and attachment. Denise acts with courage, integrity, and a steadfast advocate for kids who need it most.”

Deborah MacNamara, PhD
Faculty, Neufeld Institute
Director, Kid’s Best Bet, Counselling and Family Resource Center
Author, Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one)

“Denise, It’s hard for us to find the words to adequately express our admiration, respect and appreciation for your contribution to the program. You have been a galvanizing force in the cohort since the start, with your open-hearted, thoughtful and cheerful approach. Denise, you embody the wisdom of your elders, and over the last two years you have taught us what it means to also embody grace under pressure and courage in adversity. You are a gift to all of us! Thank you so much for your contribution to our program.”


Laurie Anderson, Heesoon Bai, and Charles Scott 
Simon Fraser University
Professors Faculty of Education

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