Bonita Ledua, R.P., M.A. (M.A.F.T.)
Bonita and her husband, Bera, founded NorthWind Family Ministries. Bonita serves as the Executive Director and is a Registered Psychotherapist. Bonita received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her graduate studies focused on Narrative Therapy and Family Systems Theory. She has done additional studies in Attachment and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Bonita also supports her clients using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
She enjoys working with family members of all ages as they engage in activities and play therapy, working to improve their family dynamics. She helps struggling couples improve their marriages and assists those experiencing psychological distress due to the trauma of childhood abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. She works with those struggling with personality disorders such as borderline and disassociated identity disorders. She supports those with depression and anxiety and those going through life transitions.
She often expresses amazement at the resilience of humankind and finds inspiration from those that have picked themselves up from the ashes of life. Bonita has a passion to see people embrace all that Creator God has made them to be, to belong, and to find healing and hope. She considers it a privilege to journey with people. Bonita reminds herself and others of the importance of “suffering-with” as James Olthuis states:“burdens shared and borne together empower us and enable us to carry our woundedness in a new way. Suffering-with is an act of empowering that revitalizes a human spirit immobilized by pain, degraded by abuse or debilitated by circumstances.”
Bonita also has a passion to equip people in caring well for others, increasing listening skills and empowering others in supportive roles. She has been teaching counselling skills to lay-people and church leadership for over ten years. In her time off, Bonita enjoys hiking, camping, and just hanging out with her husband, four adult children, daughter-in-law, and any number of friends that come along.
Julie McKenna, M.A.
Julie is from Sydney, Australia. She met her husband, from Thunder Bay, in the Australian bush. She moved to Thunder Bay in 1989 and taught high school Science and Family Studies (primarily Food and Nutrition Sciences) for 25 years. She retired from teaching in 2015.
Julie has a M.A. in Counselling from Providence Seminary, a B.Sc. in Food Science and a Graduate Diploma of Education. She returned to Providence to complete a third year, planning to graduate with an MA in Counselling and Psychology. Areas of focus include recovery from trauma, abuse and neglect, disordered eating habits, body image issues, relationship struggles, depression and anxiety, and ADHD.
Julie is passionate about providing a safe place that allows others to grow and heal; to help people move from surviving to thriving. Julie organized and facilitating support groups, started Celebrate Recovery in Thunder Bay and ran it for three years, as well as helped establish and facilitate the Natural Helpers student peer counsellor program in high schools across the city for seven years. Julie has been a board member of New Life Ministries since 2012. She also worked as program staff for two years in the women’s program at Hope House providing emotional, mental, physical and spiritual support for residents.
Julie enjoys art of all kinds, reading, and playing pickleball. She also enjoys spending time with family, both near and far. She relies on a favourite quote: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Joshua Wong is a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Traumatologist. He is completing his work and studies to becoming an EMDR Clinician and Registered Marriage & Family Therapist. Joshua graduated from Tyndale University College & Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity in Clinical Counselling
Joshua’s focus and work involves abuse and trauma in all its forms, including primary, vicarious, developmental, generational, PTSD, physical/sexual abuse, anxiety, grief, and compassion fatigue. This includes concurrent disorders and dual diagnosis such as clients on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities.
Other than counseling, Joshua’s passions are to build partnerships within the community and organizations, as well as to support staff and students toward integrative health practices while working in a trauma-focused practice. Joshua believes that healing is about learning and growth. A grounding quote that Joshua uses is, “We do the best we can. When we know better, we can do better.” This seeks to give grace in every moment to every person. It honours a story and gives the opportunity to grow.
Joshua is married to Natalie and they have two children, Silas and Olive. The family enjoys being outdoors and travelling. They are interested in trying new foods and experiencing the culture of different countries.
Alissa was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario; she grew up on a dairy farm in the Slate River Valley where she learned to value family, take responsibility, use a solid work ethic, and have respect and patience for others.
She has four beautiful children, Rachel, Ethan, Hannah and Andrew. She loves to support them in their sports and school activities. She enjoys soccer, curling, volleyball, gardening, dinner and coffee with friends and family time.
She has a passion to help others and hopes to pursue counselling in the future. Her family and friends describe her as open, thoughtful, generous, relatable, supportive, and an excellent listener. She has a genuine heart and loves to connect with others in meaningful ways.
Alissa testifies to the goodness and faithfulness of God in her life; her favourite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’.
Lisa brings skills from a varied work background including children’s ministry during her time working for a church in England, food service, and 10+ years of combined leadership and management experience. She is enthusiastic to be in a role that supports others in bringing healing to individual lives and communities. Lisa enjoys travelling, reading, cooking, baking, and is refreshed by walks in nature. She has a creative streak that manifests in a love of photography and a passion for ethical fashion.
Located at 138 May Street South, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1B3