The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay is proud to introduce Jessica Jackson-Clement, who became Director of Youth Healing Services since October 2021.
Youth Healing Services (YHS) is a regional department that works closely with Youth Protection, contributing to the protection, rehabilitation and well-being of youth in its care, by providing programs that offer safety, security, and treatment.
In August 2017, Jessica Jackson-Clement joined the CBHSSJB as a social worker/clinical advisor, supporting frontline workers, their clients with disabilities, and the clients’ loved ones and caregivers. In October 2018, she became the Coordinator of Disability Programs Specialized Services.
Jessica is a passionate Indigenous woman, who leads with her values rooted in respect, truth, humility, bravery, love and honesty. The values of growth and connection have guided her in her professional journey with Indigenous residential, community and health care agencies.
Jessica is a registered social worker, who completed her Honours Bachelor of Social Work at Carleton University. She also holds college diplomas in social services, police foundations, correctional services and home care. Jessica is enrolled in the Cree Succession Leadership Framework.
With 15 years’ experience in frontline services including counselling, crisis intervention, residential support, outreach, program coordination, and management, she has supported First Nations, Metis and Inuit children, youth, and families with a variety of social issues including multigenerational trauma.
Jessica takes pride in working for Eeyou Istchee and she is determined to support the Cree population in their journey of self-awareness and healing.
Jessica is a proud mother of a son, stepdaughter and stepson, and a grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. She shares this life with her loving husband Steve.