Beverly Keeshig-Soonias is Anishinaabekwe, has a law degree and is a registered psychologist. She has a unique combination of life experience, theoretical background and personal attributes. She is an Indigenous woman and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. Her parents and family members are survivors of Indian residential schools. Beverly has extensive knowledge about wahkotowin (the business of being related), the intergenerational trauma and systemic effects of the Residential School Experience, family systems, adolescents, addictions, and the power of healing. She has worked with adolescents and families since 1995 at Oskayak Treatment Centre and for community agencies.
Over the years Beverly has been involved in the Indigenous community and in the multi-cultural community in Central Alberta serving on community boards such as the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre, Central Alberta Diversity Association, the Community Housing Advisory Committee, and as an ongoing volunteer and a community Elder.