Warren is the Housing Counsellor at the Aboriginal Housing Support Centre. He graduated from Seneca College in 1976 with an Honours Diploma in Applied Communications. After working at CBC television for 5 years, he headed out West to British Columbia where he purchased a parcel of land and built his own house overlooking beautiful Shuswap Lake.
Warren developed his counselling skills over the 18 years that he lived in the Interior of British Columbia. He created a Sexual Abuse Support Group program for abused children and youth and subsequently co-authored a comprehensive training manual designed for Sexual Abuse Program Practitioners and commissioned by the Mental Health Services of B.C. He went on to be the District Special Counsellor for a school district for close to 10 years. He also worked under contract for a number of other agencies as a Trainer and as a front-line worker. The most notable being the Elizabeth Fry Society where he worked as a Child, Youth and Family Counsellor as well as a Men’s Group Co-Facilitator running weekly sessions for men charged with spousal assault.
Warren has two adopted children, both of whom are Aboriginal (Corrin is Métis and David is Cree). Corrin and David have children of their own now and continue to live in the West. Warren made a decision to move back East in 1999 when one of his parents took ill, and subsequently passed away a few years later.
While in B.C., Warren worked on 10 of the 17 Shuswap (Secwepemc) First Nations’ Reserves and took language courses in order to better speak Secwepemctsin. The families of the Canoe Creek/Dog Creek Indian Band, in particular, are very dear to Warren’s heart after having spent so much time in their remote community.
Warren was born and raised in Toronto and although he is back “home”, he very much misses the family and friends that he left behind out West. Re-connecting with the Aboriginal Community, through Wigwamen, helps bridge both of his “worlds” and working for the Aboriginal Housing Support Centre feels like a natural transition for him.
“Putucw!” (Good bye)