At North Wind Wellness Centre we provide a safe, confidential and stress free environment to empty burden baskets. Counsellors and Cultural Elders from different Indigenous backgrounds use traditional storytelling to share their wisdom and practical knowledge. Our treatment model is holistic. We adhere to the belief that every person has the right to live a sober and balanced life.
The clinical team consists of full-time Certified Addictions Counsellors, Psychologist/Psychiatrist when needed, and Support Workers to assist participants in their recovery journey. During your stay you will also become familiar with the Executive Director and our multidisciplinary team. They are here to help with your recovery any way possible by facilitating tools to empower your healing journey.
Isaac Hernandez, Executive Director
Isaac Hernandez − NWWCS Executive Director, CIAS III, BRE Psych., BCom, MSc. Counselling Psychology
Isaac Hernandez is the Executive Director of the North Wind Wellness Centre, www.northwindwellnesscentre.ca, September 2003 to Present. Isaac was also keen in organizing and became the first president of the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC), www.icboc.ca, March 2005 to January 2010.
Isaac was born in El Salvador, Central America and is descendant of the Nahualt people. He obtained a Bachelor of Religious Education in Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration in his homeland. Isaac immigrated into Canada in 1986 and continued his academic studies obtaining a Master of Science in Counselling Psychology and a Master of Divinity in Comparative Religion from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.
Isaac has lived experience and been involved in the healing profession for over 30 years in various professional and volunteer assignments, e.g. Treatment Centre Director, Clinical Counsellor, Minister of Religion, University Assistant Professor, and Consultant. While performing these assignments he maintained a close connection with Addictions Treatment/Recovery work. His expertise is in Spirituality, Counselling, Leadership and Administration.
Isaac has served to and with Indigenous people in different parts of the world. In El Salvador with Pipils & Lencas, Honduras with Lencas & Miskitos, Guatemala with K’iche’ (Quiché) & Kaqchikel, Mexico with Mayas & Aztecs, and Canada with Beavers, Crees, Black Foot & Dane Tsaa. He has also interacted with Incas in South America, Mandaya Tribes in the Philippines, Tibetans and Mongolians in China, and has been a presenter for the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference www.hosw.com in Edmonton, Canada 2006; Honolulu, Hawaii, 2010 and Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2015.