Lemon Cree Fitness & Wellness
Non-Profit Society

OUR VISION


To provide an educational experience for upcoming Indigenous youth, to increase their leadership skills and provide opportunities to share their culture and learn from other cultures. Teach non-violent communication skills and anti-bullying strategies to inspire, motivate, and build positive relationships, while improving their fitness, health and cultural knowledge. We are committed to providing experiences that will have a life changing impact on our Indigenous youth.

PROJECTS

The Leonard George Indigenous Youth Fund


The Leonard George Youth Leadership Fund was created by Lemon Cree Non-Profit Society to generate funding for cultural & fitness exchange programs. This scholarship was created to inspire Indigenous youth leaders to reach their potential in their chosen fields of career.

With a shared core value of promoting healthy living, Lemon Cree and Life Sports Fitness have collaborated to travel Indigenous youth from Canada to southern Florida for a cross-cultural and leadership learning experience.

This trip will provide Indigenous youth with a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the local Indigenous peoples and their culture and history while inspiring healthy lifestyle choices with fitness and wellness programs. We understand the mind-body connection of choices we make. Our goal is to empower these youth, so that they may bring positive change back to their communities—to create leaders of tomorrow with strong cultural ties and healthy lifestyle values.

This cross-cultural project will consist of a variety of activities, all of which are designed to educate the youth about healthy living and to facilitate cultural exchange. Lemon Cree will be traveling Indigenous youth to Life Sports Fitness facilities in Florida. Our hope is that this exchange will inspire everyone involved to initiate future projects that will educate and strengthen their communities.

Individuals who qualify for this program are from Indigenous Nations and territories across North America.

  • Ages 18-35 years old
  • Min 10 /Max 20 Participants for 2018
NOV 15-19, 2018
5 days (including travel days)

Contact us for more information on project details and funding needed.

Lemoncree@gmail.com
Tel: 778.960.4778


LEONARD GEORGE

Elected Chief of Tsleil Waututh Nation (TWN)
Director of Economic Development TWN
Chief Negotiator TWN
Founder of Takaya Developments
Actor (Little Big Man, Smoke Signals…)

The late Leonard Henry George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) in North Vancouver, British Columbia was a man of many titles throughout his life: Elected chief of TWN, residential school survivor, spiritual leader, actor, director of economic development, chief negotiator, husband, father, and friend to many. Leonard illuminated the future for many Indigenous people not only in his community, but across the world.

TWN underwent drastic damaging changes after contact with colonial policies. In 1989, the unemployment rate on the TWN reserve hovered between 60% and 80%, and had pervasive substance abuse problems. Today, it is less than 3% – a change that can be traced to Leonard, through his instinctive business acumen, desire to create partnerships, and ability to see vast potential in his people. Adversity never stopped him, in any aspect of his life. He worked tirelessly and without complaint until the day he passed, constantly pushing the envelope to ensure the security of his people. 


TWN now owns and operates several businesses, and has many ongoing real estate development ventures with business partners. One of the last major contributions Leonard made in his career was to help bring together the three nations —TWN, Squamish, and Musqueam (MST)—as a bargaining unit to secure an unprecedented First Nation land acquisition.

Taught by and having worked closely with spiritual and traditional elders, he demonstrated that incorporating the spiritual teachings when doing business with First Nations leads to success. He always advocated for our youth to be educated and build leadership skills that would sustain the Nation for generations to come—“The most important thing in development is the development of people”.

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN


Lemon Cree, Absoloot and Life Sports Fitness are committed to taking positive action to stop bullying and violence in all its forms, amongst all ages, races and genders, in the work place and schools, at home and in our communities. Our workshops educate to bring about awareness and gain skills and strategies to cultivate non-violent communication, mutual respect and understanding.

Absoloot, a conscientious Hip Hop artist, has created a series of unique anti-bullying comics and together with Life Sports Fitness works tirelessly to stop bullying in their communities. After meeting with our Youth Ambassador Nick George from Tsleil Waututh Nation, he was inspired to base the next book on Nick’s life and experiences on how he overcame bullying.

Your support makes it possible for us to continue to educate and spread awareness on bullying in Canada and create peaceful communities now and for generations to come.

TESTIMONIALS

YOUR CONTRIBUTION

By sponsoring this project, you are providing an opportunity for Indigenous youth to experience and learn from other cultures, gain valuable skills on leadership and anti-bullying and improve their health and fitness.

The effect doesn’t stop there. These youth will bring the tools they’ve learned through this experience into their communities and will become leaders and examples on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and work and communicate together as families, as coworkers, as a community in a non-violent, mutually respectful way.

With disease such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, on the rise and the need to stem violence and bullying, there is no better time than the present to provide these programs. The skills that our youth will learn, can be used to combat these negative physical and mental conditions and foster positive and healthy life choices to strengthen our communities.

We need your help to make our vision a reality. With our teachers and collaborators, combined with your support we can make a difference and build a brighter and safer future for our Indigenous communities. Thank you for helping make this project possible. Your contribution supports these initiatives and creates experiences for indigenous youth to improve their health, educate others on their culture and foster safe and healthy communities.

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Contact Us

Email: lemoncree@gmail.com
Tel: 778.960.4778

ABOUT US


Lemon Cree is a non-profit fitness and wellness organization whose primary goal is to improve health and wellness and teach non-violent communication skills in Indigenous communities. In order to build a healthy and strong community, you must first start with the individual.

BOARD MEMBERS


THERESA DUCHARME

THERESA
DUCHARME

President

Theresa is the founder and president of Lemon Cree Fitness & Wellness Non-profit society. A Metis-Cree-Saulteaux, she has an extensive background working with Indigenous communities through cultural education, politics and health and fitness programs. She has worked across Canada to promote health and wellness and has trained 129 Indigenous trainers to date. She is dedicated to leading a health revolution to inspire and motivate leaders in all Indigenous communities.

THERESA DUCHARME

JESSICA
MATTEN

Vice-President

Jessica is an actor (Frontier, Burden of Truth…) and founding member of Lemon Cree and Lemon Cree Fitness and Wellness Non-Profit Society. She also heads #N8VGirls – a social media campaign designed to help spread global awareness of the missing and murdered indigenous females across Canada. She strongly believes in the power of helping others on their own journeys in life and understanding that we are all connected.

THERESA DUCHARME

DESMOND
DOGAN

Secretary

Desmond is the CEO of Life Sports Fitness Non-Profit. He has a wide-ranging sports and athletic background and experience in creating and implementing youth development programs. A senior nationally trained coach in golf, track and field, dance and more. He was the first program director nationally certified for The First Tee. He is passionate about teaching youth how to build better lifestyle choices through athletics, arts and academics.

STAFF


THERESA DUCHARME

SUSAN
RUZIC

Consultant

Susan is an elementary educator with over 25 years of experience working with youth. She is passionate about peace education, non violent communication, ending violence against women and equity and inclusion for all.

THERESA DUCHARME

GABE
GEORGE

Junior Associate

Gabe is currently in his 4th year of a Bachelor’s degree program, specializing in psychology and minoring in business. He is also employed part-time by his band, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, as a business development intern. He has travelled extensively and has experienced volunteering internationally. With a passion for health and fitness, Gabriel is eager to learn and grow with Lemon Cree and is dedicated to inspiring healthy lifestyle values in his fellow youth.

THERESA DUCHARME

RACHEL
NOEMI

Senior Associate

Rachel is a yoga and fitness instructor and singer. She also dabbles in website design, marketing and writing. She has been teaching yoga at Tsleil Waututh Nation since 2015 and works in other Indigenous communities across Canada teaching health and fitness. She is passionate about empowering others through fitness and health.