Leslie Shamanski has extensive experience as a psychiatric nurse, specializing in taking a holistic approach to treating addictions, both in southern Canada as well as in Nunavut. Leslie has worked in many different capacities, both leadership and case management, and has experience in diverse settings, including hospitals, Youth Detention Centres, schools, Residential Treatment Centres, and Health CareCentres.
Specific to Nunavut, Leslie currently contracts with the Department of Education, Government of Nunavut, working across Baffin communities including Kimmirut, Resolute Bay, Grise Fiord, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Igloolik. In this capacity, Leslie provides supportive counselling, conducts psychiatric assessments, medication reviews and management, 24-hr crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessments. This role also involves client outreach and counselling, liaising with community agencies, schools, and family members, as well as providing teaching and community programs as needed.