Passionate mental health educator and lifelong learner. Key strengths in teaching and mentoring based on over 30 years of service within the human service field.
As a passionate educator and social worker, Zalika has endeavored to demystify mental illness and open the communication about mental wellness. She is a registered Social Worker with over 30 years of both frontline and leadership experience. She became an instructor for Mental Health First Aid Canada in 2011.
With over three decades of work experience, Zalika has been involved in workplace Occupational, Health and Safety committees as well as Social and Professional Development committees. She has also been an adult educator/facilitator in numerous topics throughout her career as she strongly believes that education is power for both herself and most importantly for the people she has had the privilege to work with. Always willing to be part of the solution, Zalika is seen as a role model for creating and sustaining unique approaches to resolving both client and workplace challenges.
Her professional education began with a Bachelor of Social Work (1983) and has included continuous professional development in such areas as: Mental Health First Aid Instructor Canada (2011); Certificates in Motivational Interviewing, Leadership and Coaching; Program Facilitation; Peer Counselling; Family Group Conference Facilitator (Saskatchewan Justice, 1996) and numerous other courses, that have supported and enhanced her work within the human service field. She has lived and worked with Aboriginal peoples most of her life and career as she grew up and worked in Northern Saskatchewan up until 2000.
Zalika’s work and impact on clients and the workplace have been acknowledged through the years, most recently with the LOLA (Life of Learning Award) which demonstrated her love and passion of learning and sharing that learning. However, her most valued awards and rewards are the hundreds of personal thank you notes, cards and calls she has received over the years.