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  • Johanne Jackson

    Aug 15, 2013

    Johanne Jackson has been doing the flowers at the “Y” in Kanatakon for 17 years now. She has even expanded a bit and tends to the flowers in front of MCA Admin #1. It all started with Alec Oakes who, along with Joe Jacobs, organized putting a memorial in front of the post office. Oakes asked Johanne if she would put some plants around the memorial to spruce it up a bit. That first year she planted two cedar trees and some annuals. The next year she added some flowers from her own yard, and after...

  • Leona Barnes

    Kaniethonkie|Mar 21, 2013

    Leona Barnes is the Coordinator of Intervention and Prevention at Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Holistic Health and Wellness. Leona Barnes is a Certified Prevention Specialist, she along with Carolyn Francis were the first two people of Akwesasne to become Certified Prevention Specialists by the Nashville Substance Abuse Certification Board. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist, but first and foremost Leona is a mom and grandmother. I had a chance to interview her one Sunday afternoon o...

  • Community Service Spotlight

    Nov 8, 2012

    Katsitsiaione (Bringing the Flowers) (Neddie Thompson) is Onkwehonwe, Bear Clan and a descendant of Sky Woman. Her first teachings were of creation and of the Hauduwe. She is a basket maker, keeper of ceremonies, traditional medicine, songs, dances and teachings. In the past, she helped begin and build the Freedom School and also taught pre-k there. She is a labor coach and midwife and supports natural delivery and home births. She likes to help everyone, from the youth to the elders. She has...

  • Tom Stacey

    Sep 13, 2012

    Tom started cleaning up the roads after Billy Bottles passed away. He noticed that the clean-up crew that does the roads only came out about once a year. He said the roads got so bad he just couldn’t stand it anymore. Tom cleans Rt. 37 from the around the Casino to Jreck Subs. Sometimes he makes it to the island and he also goes some way down Cook Rd. and down Raquette. But he needs people to help and go further down those roads. He mentioned that the ditches in St. Regis are pretty bad too. H...

  • Stephanie Delormier

    Jul 19, 2012

    Stephanie is a student at St. Lawrence College taking classes to be a registered practical nurse. She is interning at AMA through the MCA Summer Student Program, and has been there since the beginning of June. Through her experience, she realizes she would like to be an EMT. She likes that the job is not repetitive, and an EMT never knows how their day will go. Stephanie told me of a call about a patient with possible respiratory arrest. She described the call as intense and fast-paced because...

  • Rebecca Bonaparte

    Jul 12, 2012

    Rebecca has been involved with EMS for 2 years and a certified EMT for 1 year. She likes that every day on the job is different. She said she definitely gets satisfaction from what she does and loves helping people. The hardest part of the job for her is when a child is hurt because she is a Mother of 3. She said I am a Mom too, not just an EMT. She also said it’s tough when a serious call comes in and it’s a friend or relative. We salute Rebecca for her service to the community. Thanks Reb...

  • Stacey Rourke

    Jun 21, 2012

    Stacey has been an EMT for over two years. She likes the job because everyday is different and you are not stuck behind a desk. She also enjoys that sometimes after a call, patients will send thank you cards or put a thank you in the newspaper. It makes EMTs feel appreciated. One hard thing about her job is never knowing who a patient will be because it might be a friend or family member. A troublesome part of being an EMT at AMA is understaffing. On weekdays they run two rigs, but on weekends...

  • Isaac McDonald

    Jun 14, 2012

    Isaac has been a certified EMT since 2006 and an advanced EMT-Critical Care for two years. He says the best part of his job is that everyday is different, “We have a routine checklist, but every call is different.” The hardest part of his job is treating good friends and family, but at the same time it can be rewarding because he’s helping them and maybe even saving their life. He declared the ultimate goal of AMA is to serve the community by providing the best possible care. Isaac said, “For...