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Bringing health and healing to Indigenous communities

Bringing health and healing to Indigenous communities

An interview with Beverly Swampy

Beverly Swampy, owner of Heal.Balance.Create., is an Indigenous entrepreneur in the Maskwacis community. Swampy is a Registered Massage Therapist, a personal and group fitness instructor, an Active Aging Movement Coach, a Nutritional Coach, and a Life Coach. The Drum sat down with Swampy to discuss her business and her experiences.

The main elements of her business include:

    • Heal the body through massage therapy
    • Balance the body through physical fitness and nutrition
    • Create a personal vision and goals through life coaching.

What inspired you to start your business and who do you work with?

I’m inspired by the need to help and heal people, especially people from my community and other First Nations communities. I have always wanted to give back to my people. While I was working my full-time job, I was unhappy; I was also doing my massage and fitness classes on the side. I saw a growing need for these services in First Nation communities so I decided to make it my full-time work. I took my Life Coach training from Erickson Academy because I saw a need for it and it goes hand in hand with the other services I offer.

My business is mobile as I offer my services to any First Nation that requests it, so I travel from nation to nation. For example, one day I am at the Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation, then I am at the Paul First Nation and then to my community, which is Maskwacis. I also provide these services to Aboriginal Businesses in Edmonton.

Why life coaching? What benefits does having a life coach bring? 
I believe that there is a reason for everything. I believe that people come into your life for a reason. I met a person who inspired me; he was fun, happy, always excited, and he wanted to help people. This is when I decided that I wanted that for my life; I wanted to be a life coach to help people and to coach them to set goals and transform their lives. As I was studying for Nutrition Coaching, I met another coach who also inspired me even more, and I knew that this was what I was meant to do. Having a life coach allows you to start taking action, to get past “bumps” in your work, relationships, business, or life in general, and be accountable to the coach to follow the goals that are set.

Who are the people you draw inspiration from? 
I have a few. First of all my parents; from what I remember as a child, they both worked very hard their whole lives. There was never a time when I didn’t see my mother and father not working to provide for us. They always told us that we needed to work hard and to continue to get an education. The other role model I have is Derek Bruno who has been my friend for many years. I see the hard work that he puts in to own his own successful businesses and every time I speak to him he boosts me up. Every time I leave from a talk with Derek I am more pumped to get other things going in my life. And recently, I met a woman from South Africa named Mpumi Nobiva who came from living a life of poverty to an amazing career as an international speaker to encourage and inspire women. All of these are hard working people, who never gave up and followed their dreams.

What keeps you going when life gets bumpy?

My children and grandchildren keep me motivated and I must “walk my talk” as they say. I need to live a healthy lifestyle as that is what I promote and sometimes this is not easy. I want to be here on this planet earth for a long time to see my children, my granddaughter and future grandchildren grow.

Where do you envision your business in 3 years?
In three years, I envision my business to have expanded to more First Nations across this province. I hope to begin the process of having my own building to provide these services and to bring on more staff of First Nations people who will also promote health and wellness. I know that they are out there. We need to work together to do this.

Originally published in the Maskwacis Drum magazine September 2018 issue.

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