Yatiel Owens, MSW
I am a grandaughter, a daughter, a mother, a wife, an auntie and a sister. I am from Settler Ancestry and stand in Response Ability. I first came to Camp Winnarainbow when I was 15 to work as the dishwasher and was told "together, we can change the world". I found my people! Over the past 30+ years I have been the Head of the Kitchen, Camper Advocate, Supervisor. In 2008 we moved our family to CA to be a part of Camp's succession planning. I never dreamed that I would get to make Camp Winnarainbow my life's work. What a sacred honor.
I was inspired by my Elders to become a Social Worker and have been working with youth and families for over 20 years. I am fierce about what needs to be done for the generations now and those to come. I would call myself a peaceful warrior. I am blessed that I get to do this grassroots, community work of Camp. I get to focus on positive youth development, community building, working with narratives/storytelling and restorative justice for healing, building resiliency, and trauma informed practices. And I get to do all this with my amazing husband and kids and my beloved community.