Sweet Pea
Born: April 13, 2015
Species: Calico Sheep
Sex:Female
Personality: A sweet little spirit who loves to be groomed
Therapeutic Qualities: Patiently calm, gentle and tactile


Clinical Lead/Therapist

Umka
Born: 2015
Species: Great Pyrenees
Sex: Female
Personality: Protective, cautious gentle soul
Therapeutic Qualities: Teaches personal space and body language

Therapy Animals

​​Julie’s educational background includes a Personal Support Worker certificate, Developmental Service Worker diploma, and both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees. Julie has enjoyed over 17 years working in a variety of community and private care settings, supporting individuals and families across the lifespan from children to seniors including multi-cultural backgrounds and people with different abilities. Julie's area of practice 

include adults and children with an acquired and/or developmental disability; grief, trauma and post trauma growth; depression, anxiety and emotional regulation; self-identity, compassion and personal growth. She is also an EAGALA certified mental health professional and has additional training in dementia, hospice/palliative care and Indigenous Cultural Safety Training.


Throughout her life Julie has enjoyed the care of farm animals and a love of nature. over the course of her career she recognizing a growing need for nature-based, therapeutic farming and animal-assisted services that promote the health and well-being for individuals, families and communities of all ages and abilities.  Recently Julie fulfilled her dream to return to a farm lifestyle where she lives with many hoofed and pawed companions, to create Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm, a safe place where she can share she passions and support others so they too can live a life of meaning, participation and happiness.


After completing her BA in Gerontology at McMaster University, Victoria worked in a front line role with older adults for 5 years. Victoria volunteered with the Mental Health Crisis Line for 2 years before deciding to pursue a career in social work. Victoria completed her MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University, specializing in Individual, Family and Group therapy. As a Registered Social Worker with the OCSWSSW, Victoria has 3 years of experience providing support for individuals and their families experiencing issues with mental health, addictions, trauma, grief and relationships. Victoria has worked with individuals aged 6 to 96, from all walks of life.

Victoria currently works as a Mental Health Worker with CMHA and as a Social Worker for a Long Term Care Home. Victoria is beginner gardener, a lover of animals, and karaoke-enthusiast.  






Lilly & Lacy
Born: Summer 2018
Species: Guinea Pigs
Sex: Female
Personality: Cuddly chatters
Therapeutic Qualities: Emotional support and gentle touch


Bambi
Born: July 12, 1997
Species: Palomino Miniature Horse
Sex: Female
Personality: She is a loving mumma to everyone
Therapeutic Qualities: Smoochie, gentle grounding presence


Blossom

Born: March 4, 2016
Species: Fainting X Boar Goat
Sex:Female
Personality: A wild and fun loving spirit 
Therapeutic Qualities: Energetic and inquisitive



Cornelius
Born: 2016
Species: Potbellied Pig
Sex: Male
Personality: Smart, sweet and inviting
Therapeutic Qualities: Social skills communicator


Julie Casey MSW, DSW, RSW

Daisy & Dalila... & The Crew
Born: Spring 2016
Species: Chickens
Sex: Female
Personality: Fluffy and docile
Therapeutic Qualities: Soothing and tactile for laps and wheelchairs


The Therapy  Team

Nourishing Hearts

Victoria Mills MSW, RSW 


Julie Casey MSW, RSW

Wellness Care Farm

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Nutmeg
Born: March 8, 2014
Species: African Pygmy X Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Sex: Whether (Castrated Male)
Personality: Sweet and inquisitive dear little fellow 
Therapeutic Qualities: Energetically curious and engaging


Butternut
Born: March 1, 2014
Species: African Pygmy Goat
Sex: Wether (castrated male)
Personality: He just loves to be the centre of attention
Therapeutic Qualities: Assertive and challenges boundaries




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