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Meet the wonderful people who work at Mawita'mk

Mawita'mk Support Staff

We have a wonderful group of well trained Mi’kmaq staff members, many who speak the Mi’kmaq language, and meet or exceed all provincial training requirements supporting the work of Mawita'mk.



Rosie Sylliboy

Kwe! My name is Rosie Sylliboy and I’m from the We’koqma’q First Nation.  In 1986, I had the pleasure of visiting a L’arche community in Iron mines.  That was the day that changed the rest of my life!  The people living there were so welcoming and loving.  I continued with my visits and ended up working in the workshop.  Eventually, I joined the L’arche community and moved to a community in Tacoma, Washington.  I continued on my journey working for various group homes in Nova Scotia.  I always wished that there would be a place in on own Mi’kmaw Community that would do the same and follow in the philosophies as L’arche, where we celebrate the unique gifts of everyone.  In 2007, my wish came true!  Mawita’mk opened in We’koqma’q where they value and support the gifts of people with disabilities.  In 2012, I came back to my home community and started working at Mawita’mk as a support person.  I have learned so much from my friends here.  In 2015, I started my position as manager of Mawita’mk.  Now I can be part of making changes and bringing awareness for our people with disabilities.

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Darlene Ellis

My name is Darlene Ellis. I live in Whycocomagh and was born in Little Narrows. I am a single mom with one adult daughter & three grandchildren.  I graduated from NSCC in 2000 in Office Information Technology.  I have completed Supervisory Training Certificates and the Certified WHMIS Train the Trainer program as well as business courses from CBU. I am a certified Fitness Instructor and the Recreation Coordinator for Inverness County, Whycocomagh Area. I Volunteer on the Whycocomagh Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. I have worked in tourism for 12 years as an Office Manager and in Health Care for 18 years. I have been working at Mawita’mk for 8 years as the Office Manager & enjoy every day.  

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Darren Prosper

My name is Darren Prosper.  I am 31 years old and born and raised in We’koqma’q.  I have a 6 year old daughter Ava.  I graduated from NSCC in 2005 with a diploma in Business Administration with my concentration in accounting.  I also got a certificate in Introduction to disabilities from NSCC in 2006.  I have been working at Mawita’mk since it opened in March of 2007.

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Sheila Johnson

My name is Sheila Johnson.  I have been living in Malagawatch First Nation for the past 20 years.  I have 5 adult children,  grandchildren who all reside in We’koqma’q.  I graduated in Culinary Arts at NSCC in Port Hawkesbury in 2000.  I am the workshop co-ordinator for the Mawita’mk Society.

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Connie Peck

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Jessica Bright

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Shauna MacKinnon



Elizabeth Bernard


The Mi'kmaq language forms part of our spiritual identity as Mi'kmaq people. 


Treating members with compassion and respect is at the heart of what we do.


Our staff ensure our members enjoy a stable and secure home environment.


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