Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose is our Research Director, responsible for leading Wellness Wheel’s Research Team in supporting Traditional ways of knowing alongside Western approaches to wellbeing. JoLee works tirelessly to stay on top of grant opportunities and is incredibly skilled at translating those opportunities into responsive community-led programming. JoLee has a knack for picking out valuable skills in others and bringing them on board to support the community.
She is a proud Anishinabe (Ojibwe) with membership in M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario, an active citizen of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, and an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Counselling at the University of Regina where she teaches Group Counselling, Counselling Girls and Women, Counselling Children and Youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Decolonizing Research Methodologies. She co-authored the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory and has an exceptional way of working in the “middle ground” between Western and Indigenous ways.
When JoLee isn’t busy with Wellness Wheel she can be found gardening, spending time with her son, and volunteering with Elders in the community.
JoLee can be contacted through Wellness Wheel’s Research Coordinator, Chelsea LaVallie.