Mel & Shirley Chartrand
Mel and Shirley Chartrand have been delivering and designing in-depth mental health services since 1988 through their company Being You Inc. Since they founded the company, Mel and Shirley have held more than 9,000 individual and group sessions across North America, including many First Nation communities. Over 3,500 Indigenous individuals have participated in their sessions.
In 2013, Mel and Shirley were honoured and recognized by 12th annual “Keeping the Fires Burning” Honouring Ceremony and dinner which celebrates the achievements of First Nation, Inuit and Metis Grandmothers and Grandfathers.
Mel and Shirley receive their personal strength and self-disciplines by practicing and living by Ojibway (Anishinabek) principles and values which they apply as the foundation to do their work. They remain on their own healing paths, and continue to work with and learn from Elders so they can live and teach in Traditional ways. They celebrate five children and eight grandchildren.