MSW, Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Professional, Rona Sterling Consulting
The Facilitator will share her family’s journey with autism from a wholistic perspective. She will also discuss the realities of many Indigenous children and families with autism and other challenges particularly from a rural perspective. Rona will also share some of the research findings in her Nation around Indigenous children with autism and other challenges. Based on her experience and research, she will share ideas and strategies that would be helpful in supporting Indigenous children and families.
I am honoured to be introduced to you; my name is Rona Sterling-Collins, Quist’letko of the Nlha’kapmux Nation. I am married and have two grown children and one granddaughter. Our son Wyatt has autism, which has challenged me to become an advocate for him and other Aboriginal children and adults with developmental disabilities.
I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Victoria in Social Work. In 1996, I started my own Consulting Business and currently work as an Indigenous Consultant throughout the Province. I have assisted organizations with an array of projects for children, families and communities.
Most of my life’s experience (personally and professionally) is grounded in Indigenous communities and culture. I am dedicated to the betterment and advancement of Indigenous children and families.