Investigation and Assessment Unit

We recognize that sometimes stress in families gets to the breaking point.  Normal patterns of family living break down and children find themselves without the support, guidance and protection they require for healthy growth and development.  In some situations the parents, while present are unable to cope with their children’s needs and simply “burn out”.  This can be due to many different life stressors some of which may include grief, addictions, mental/physical health issues, breakup of a relationship or family violence.  Weechi-it-te-win Family Services strives to support the healing and recovery from these difficult and overwhelming situations while ensuring our paramount purpose of keeping children safe.

The Investigation & Assessment Unit is the point of access for the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.  This could include new allegations of child maltreatment, file transfers from other agencies or new allegations of child maltreatment on an open case.

The unit is comprised of the following individuals;

Patricia Fraser - Investigation & Assessment Manager

Boozhoo,  Ogima Binesek nindiizhinakaaz, Makwa nindoodem, Couchiching, Nindojii.  My name is Patricia Fraser and my community is Couchiching First Nation. 

I have a Social Service Worker Diploma through Confederation College and have completed two years of the Honours Bachelor of Social Work Program through Lakehead University.

Prior to joining Weechi-It-Te-Win Family Services, I worked as a Family Services Worker with the Couchiching Community Care Program, a Case Manager with the Integrated Services for Northern Children Program, and an Adult Protective Services Worker with Family & Children ‘s Services. 

I have been working for Weechi-It-Te-Win Family Services since September 2002 in the following positions as a Children’s Mental Health Worker (0 to 6 years), Resource Manager, Community Support Manager and now as the Alternative Care Coordinator.

If you would like further information on the IA Unit, I can be reached at 807-274-3201 ext 4058 or email at

Andrea Debungie - Investigation and Assessment Worker - Data Entry


Andrea DeBungie is from Rainy River First Nations and is a member of the Sturgeon clan.  Andrea has been with Weechi-it-te-win Family Services for 10 years in various capacities such as Administrative Assistant, File Clerk, Front Line/Supervisor On Call Worker, Investigation Assessment Worker and Community Support Manager.

Beatrice McMillen - Investigation & Assessment Worker

Shawn Jourdain - Investigation and Assessment Worker