Creative Director

Yessica Rivera Belsham

Grounded in her Mexican heritage and Native American ancestry  on Turtle Island. Yessica is passionate about traditional healing practices of Mexico such as the power of massage, herbs, smudging, drumming, art, singing, dancing, earthing, and community. Also inspired from teachings from lived experience across the Hawai'i, Mexico, and Canada, Yessica incorporates her passions in unique dynamic ways. 


Yessica has taught dance, drumming, creative arts, and English as a second language in Mexico, and has additional experience with artisan bread making in Mexico and Canada. She currently facilitates dance/music sessions at Providence Manor through the H'Art Centre and has been provided supportive end of life care in the community since 2014 in addition to performing, facilitating workshops, running events, and booking interdisciplinary private appointments.

Background

Yessica has studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design University for Drawing and Painting, St. Lawrence College for General Arts and Science, and at the Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program through St. Lawrence College/Laurentian University, and  Casa De La Cultura Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico.


She has had clinical experience with various populations at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital (Geriatrics, Palliative Care), Bath Correctional Institution (Regional Treatment Centre), Providence Care Hospital (Seniors Mental Health), Kingston General Hospital (General Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neurology). Hotel Dieu (Urology, ENT).


She has served on executive of the Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day, Kingston Latino Association, Gerontological Nurses Association, Mental Health Nurses Interest Group, Palliatiative Care Nurses Interest Group, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and Artist in Residence at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning from 2015-2018.


Yessica is the 2017 Mayor's Arts Champion Award Winner of the City of Kingston for philanthropy and arts in the community, Global PeaceRun Award for community peace, Drum Nation drum making award winner, and awarded/recognized for standing up against stigma of mental health and speaking up for refugee healthcare. In addition to various visual arts and graphic design awards, Yessica was nominated for Kingston's Woman of the Year award in 2016 and Sustainable Chamption by Sustainable Kingston in 2018. Volunteer Service Awards by the Minstry of Ontario were also awarded to Yessica by Kingston Latino Association and Hospice Kingston.

Additional Education

Certified in Relaxation Massage, Youth Empowerment Creative Facilitation,  Healing Through the Arts, Music Care for Health Care Professionals, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Colour Therapy, Zumba, Power of the Drum, Non-Violent Intervention Training, Grief and Bereavement Facilitation, Supportive Palliative Care, End of Life Doula, and more. 


Yessica is a life long learner and on her own healing journey as she continues to learn from a great deal from inspirational community builders and healers across Canada, Mexico, and internationally while incorporating education, passions, and experiences  with various groups and populations such as kids, youth, seniors, families, people with varying abilities, individuals with addictions and mental health struggles, and end of life care.

Team Members

Carlos 


Ollin's number one partner is Carlos, Yessica's dad. From creating soundscapes together, helping build the collection of community drums for the Kingston Drum Circle, to helping run various events, and being an inspiration of peace keeping and universal connection of all peoples. Carlos has served over 30 years in the Canadian Military and was a Peace Keeper with the United Nations, and currently manages various cottages in an oasis of nature near Gananoque.


Reyna 

Yessica's mom, Reyna, has been a foundation support with exuding unconditional love and patience. Grateful for the upbringing of pride of heritage and importance of traditional foods and culture of Mexico. Reyna has been a chef at a local restaurant in Kingston for over 30 years.


Venezia 

Venezia has supported various Ollin initiatives and continues to be the go-to person for assistance in many forms. She has a background of event planning in Mexico and with customer relations across North America.

partners

Canadian Mental Health Association

Grateful for the partnership with the wonderful Canadian Mental Health Association at Unit #11 in the building of 400 Elliot Avenue, Kingston, Ontario.   


All events Ollin does at CMHA are open to the public. CMHA is an open and welcoming place with wonderful resources about mental health and wellness.


Available for booking Yessica Rivera Belsham of Ollin for school groups classes, businesses, organizations, groups for team building, wellness, and fun groups at the CMHA.   Ongoing events/services are offered in this wonderful space throughout the year.