PWN International Literary Award Recipient
- Coauthored Book First Lady Nation-Stories from Aboriginal Woman VOL IV
- Walking In Your Power-Lessons from the Grandmothers
Barbara's knowledge of business, education, professionalism, women and youth, relationships, and leadership is supported by 28 years of interpersonal and intraspersonal experience working in the field of social work, and program directing within community of Xeni Gwet'in First Nation Government of Nemiah Valley, BC, and as a faculty member on Portage College's Native Cultural Arts Instructor. While working within the career settings of the family and child services or the educational institutions she has gained invaluable insight she weaves into her speaking engagements, and presentations to schools, businesses, social and service organizations. Barbara's passion for others led her to opening her own business in 2015 to enable her to work from her areas of strength: as counsellor, mentor, coach, teacher, instructor, and curriculum designer to enable her impact change in non-indigenous and indigenous communities. Among her many accomplishments, Barbara Derrick was recently the recipient of the "International Literary Award" by Professional Woman Network for her vision and support of indigenous communities and her powerful stories within "Walking In Your Power - lessons from the grandmothers."
- Four Directional Teachings on Wholistic Wellness
- Empowerment Leadership for Women
- Clan Activity - Building Teams
- Walking In Your Power -Limiting Self Beliefs
Barbara Derrick was born in a small lumber town called Quesnel B.C. to a Tshilqot'in mother and Ukranian/Hungarian/Scottish father. Her ten-year tenure in her Social Work practice helped people break family violence cycles. She then spent fifteen years instructing adult learners at a local college, on faculty in the Native traditional where she encouraged students to investigate their ancestral history and strengthen their identity through the arts. Her dream to empower others became bigger than the classroom, and in 2015 she left her full-time job and opened her business called "Native Studio Art." To capture her international vision of empowering women and men world-wide she invested in creating "Native Studio Art Cultural Institute" where she can deliver courses, training and coaching/mentorship to people from all over the world who seek her consultation. Her lifetime gift as a professional artist and writer helps others discover their hidden talent and strengths through her training, speaking, coaching and mentoring. In her knowledge bundle, Barbara holds two years of university, and four separate certificates in: Native Social Development Worker Program, John Maxwell Coach, Speaker & Trainer, Native Arts & Culture Instructor, and in Teaching Adult Learners.