Deborah Schwartz

Intercultural Communication, Centre for

Deborah is Métis, (Ojibwa ancestry) born and raised in Winnipeg, but has made BC her home for the past 24 years. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband Ron.

In her career spanning over 30 years, she has served in many different roles—including family advancement worker, life skills instructor—and was the executive director for the Aboriginal Health Branch of the BC Ministry of Health (2003-2010) where she and her team worked with First Nations to develop the Tripartite First Nations Health plan. She also served as the inaugural executive director for the B.C. First Nations Health Director Association (2011-2012).

Deborah launched Flourish Consulting in 2013 and provides professional and organizational development services.

Deborah completed her Masters degree in Training and Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University in 2012. Her organizational development project focused on the factors that support (and undermine) the well being of health directors working in First Nations communities in BC.

She is also a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and loves supporting people to expand their self-awareness, identify their passions and cultivate their strengths and gifts.

“I am guided by the traditional values of my Aboriginal ancestors and relatives. I am passionate about the power of culture and tradition in health and healing. I feel a special connection to fostered and adopted Aboriginal children because of my own personal experience as a foster child in Winnipeg from 1962-1976. I am the beamingly proud mother of four grown children and have been happily married to my husband Ron for over 30 years. Motherhood has taught me about the gift of human relationships and the importance of learning to “let go” and to embrace change.”