Dwayne Cameron is the current President of APASK.
Dwayne has been involved in addictions recovery work for over 29 years in a variety of capacity's. He currently works as the provincial coordinator for Livewell and chronic disease management.
He was one of the first graduates from the Chemical Dependency Worker Program at SIAST in 1988, later completing his degree in Humanities with a major in clinical counseling.
Dwayne has been involved with supporting the addictions profession beginning in 1990.
He looks forward to using his leadership skills in supporting our profession in these next steps of changing times.
Rhonda Senecal – Secretary/Treasurer and Membership Committee – Prince Albert
I grew up in a several communities in northeast Saskatchewan (my father was an RCMP member and was transferred many times in his career). I live and work in Prince Albert, with an amazing family – a partner, and seven sons (two of whom are mine, five of whom are my partner’s). I teach at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST) as an instructor in the Addictions Counselling program; this fall will be my seventh year of teaching. I worked as an addictions counsellour for Prince Albert Parkland Health Region prior to my current position, with youth (mainly boys) and their families. It was my great honour to work with them.
I am a member of APASK and the CACCF. I chose to become a member of both organizations when I was a student myself in the SIAST Addictions Counselling program, because I know how important it is to belong to a professional organization. I am passionate about providing our members (past, current, and future) with the best possible organization and resources they can have. This will not only benefit them, but Saskatchewan citizens as well.
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Bryne Richards, SAP, CCAC, NCTAS - Buffalo Narrows
Byrne is currently in the fourth year of his Bachelor of Professional Arts, Human Services major through Athabasca University and is a graduate of the Addiction Careworker Diploma program through McMaster University as well as a graduate of the Community Wellness Worker Program through Keyano College. He has met the requirements of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation and has been certified as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC) as well as being an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS). Most recently he achieved the Nationally Certified Tobacco Addiction Specialist (NCTAS), Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) and has earned the designation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
He believes in giving back and is involved in volunteer work in his community. He has served as President and Treasurer of the John Howard Society of the NWT and Founder and Board member of Aurora Oxford House Foundation as well as sits on the Community Justice Committee as a volunteer. Nationally he has served as Vice President of the CACCF as well as chairing the Marketing Committee. He has also served as a committee member for the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse on the Media Youth Consortium Advisory Committee.
He has recently relocated to Saskatchewan where he is engaged in a managerial position.
Ralph is currently employed as clinical supervisor for the Addiction Programs and Adult Mental Health Services for Cypress health Region. Ralph has a variety of experience in both addiction and mental health practice as well as occasional instructing at the University of Regina.
Ralph’s educational background includes a Certificate of Continuing Education in Chemical Dependency, a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees, all from the University of Regina. His thesis was titled “An Exploratory Study of sustained Change Among Former Alcohol Abusers”.
In addition to the International Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADC) designation Ralph is a Registered Social Worker in Saskatchewan and a Member of AAMFT.