“I have a dream, I see strong healthy tribal nations, living out their full potential, pursuing their wellness and walking in balance,” says Kim. She has dedicated her life’s work to helping people with their wellness in some aspect or another.
Kim is an Ojibwe or Chippewa, who studied and worked in community health, complementary health and alternative medicine before coming to work for the Quitlline at National Jewish Health.
“One of my elders and medicine friends described working with medicine and gathering medicine as being a helper,” she says. “In this same notion, I am here as your helper, to help you be commercial tobacco free.”
Kim wants you to know, “you are medicine, your life is sacred — you have gifts and talents to serve others and to live the good life our Creator intended for you.”
“We are proud of you for reaching out for help and support. That’s why we are here for at the Quitline, to help support you with your efforts to be tobacco free! Your journey is important to us, and we understand how difficult it can be to start this new path in your life”
Dawn is Dine/Navajo and has always had a passion for working with people and being a listening ear. “I believe in the strength people have in their hearts to make changes to better their future. You are a valuable being and Creator has a plan for your life!”
“Boozhoo (Hello) My name is Ashley Goodsky. I am an Ojibwe Native American from Minnesota. I am currently the Powwow Coordinator on the Bois Forte Tribal Reservation. I have a background in Community Health Representation, EMS, and Fitness instructor. I have grown up learning how tobacco is sacred and is a connection to our higher power from our elders. It is an honor to be able to work with the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program in helping people navigate their way through their challenging times of quitting commercial tobacco. I personally know how it feels to be Tobacco Free going on 10+ years. I am very thankful this quit line exists. Retaining the education they have available has helped me stay tobacco free to this day. I am more than willing to sit and listen and help you navigate through these trying times. All that matters is that you keep trying. Miigwetch (Thank you) for listening.”