Kweykway, http://www.kweykway.ca, Kweykway is a grassroots First Nations company owned and operated by Denise Findlay who belongs to the Squamish Nation. Kweykway specializes in restorative processes that support organizational and community development.
We bring a life time of experience and are dedicated to building capacity the areas of community engagement, childcare and parenting, influencing change, creating strong collaborative relationships, minimizing the negative affects of conflict, minimizing incidents of aggression and violencee and improving overall communication while restoring a sense of hope, healing and wellness.
Our approach is gentle and effective and we strive to preserve the integrity of the communities we work with.
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Facilitator, Coach and Consultant
Owner of Kweykway Consulting
Denise is a First Nations Facilitator who weaves together years of professional and personal experience working with people.
Her education is an integration of various disciplines in the human development field.
Denise’s journey has led her to working in First Nations communities throughout Canada, including her own community The Squamish Nation.
She founded Chameleon Strategies in 2003 and launched the transformational workshop on Lateral Violence, The Crab In the Bucket.
Denise’s awareness and courage combined make her a powerful and effective Facilitator capable of addressing sensitive issues.
Denise currently works with the Squamish Nation as the Keyworker providing parent support to families who have children with FASD and other developmental disorders.
Denise is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University and is enrolled in Advanced Studies at the Neufeld Institute (www.neufeldinstitute.com) where she is learning to apply the developmental attachment paradigm in the healing of communities.
Denise also holds a Diploma in Business Management from Capilano University, an Instructor’s Certificate from the Justice Institute, and a BC Provincial Instructors Diploma from VCC.
She is one of few First Nations Certified Professional Coaches in Canada, is certified through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and has advanced training in Systems Coaching.
Denise has spent a significant amount of time studying Process Psychology as it applies to relationships and groups navigating change and experiencing conflict with Dr. Stephen Schuiteveorder (www.processingconsultating.org) as her mentor.
As well, Denise draws on Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s Circle of Courage model for reclaiming youth.
Denise is fiercely committed to building the capacity of groups during times of change and believes that all people, when leading with their heart and from a place of integrity, have unlimited potential regardless of their circumstances.
Whether working with individuals, relationships, teams or communities, her goal is to increase the client’s capacity to transcend self-imposed limitations.
To elicit existing creativity, skills, and potential from within each client, Denise uses her gifts of intuition, directness and insight in combination with her unique ability as a professional coach and facilitator.
Her approach goes beyond routine problem solving models and leads clients to source their own wisdom and creativity.
Clients discover and implement their own solutions leading to sustainable change that is meaningful.
Denise was born and raised in North Vancouver to a mother of European decent, and a father of Coast Salish heritage.
She currently resides in West Vancouver on the Capilano reserve with her husband Jay, her sons Jake and Max, and their dog Heidi and cats Marshmellow and Buster. They enjoy a gentle pace together as a family.