Tammy Beckner, CYC-P
Child and Youth Care Practitioner
Tammy is a kind, empathic and compassionate CYC-P. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care, from Lambton College (2023). A proud member of Lennox Island First Nation P.E.I. Tammy is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 5. She is the granddaughter of a Shubenacadie Residential School survivor and the daughter and niece of (14 Aunties and Uncles) 60’s scoop survivors.
Tammy went back to school as a mature student amid the pandemic. She has always been a helper and working with children and youth just comes naturally. She volunteered on the Sarnia Lambton youth crisis line when they first got started in 2021. Before that, she volunteered on the regular crisis line and Tel-check with the Family Counseling Center. During her Field Placement she worked at The Mental Health Initiative where she used Let’s Face It social media platforms as an educational tool to share her reclamation journey and called it Truth Justice and Reconciliation Thursdays.
Tammy was the first Lambton College Student to facilitate a youth led Have a Heart Campaign to raise awareness for Indigenous Childrens Rights. Through doing so Tammy was able to distribute cookie kits to youth in the community who chose to participate, including a few agencies who served youth in her community. Tammy has also made time to practice Storytelling and share other cultural information in public schools for National Indigenous Peoples Day. She likes helping children be curious about other cultures believing that changing cycles starts early in life with education.
She is passionate about supporting children and youth to thrive in today's world and believes that every child deserves to feel valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. Tammy enjoys advocating for youth and their families but encourages youth to find their voice and practice self-advocacy.
Tammy uses a strengths-based approach that focuses on building on the strengths and resilience of children and youth, rather than just addressing their problems. She also believes in working collaboratively with families, schools, and other professionals to create a supportive and safe environment for children and youth to grow and thrive.