Dre Erwin Photography
Primary Care Nurse | Photographer | Children's Book Author
Dre Erwin, the CEO and founder of PhotoVibe, is a former Canadian Armed Forces member and a committed primary care nurse renowned for his dedication to mental health support. His fervor for therapeutic photography and youth well-being has earned him widespread acclaim and recognition.
Dre Erwin from Pinehouse Lake/Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada, is more than a Primary Care Registered Nurse; he's a beacon of hope and healing for First Nations and Cree youth. Dre's innovative approach, centered around therapeutic photography, serves as a transformative tool for those facing the shadows of depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictions. Through his unique blend of therapeutic photography and the principles of the Law of Attraction, he not only assists in coping but ignites sparks of happiness and well-being in their lives.
His groundbreaking work was featured in the impactful CBC documentary "A New Lens on Life," highlighting the profound impact of his approach on individuals and communities.
Currently advancing his expertise, Dre is on the path to acquiring a Master's in Nurse Practitioner, expanding his capacity to serve and heal. Beyond his nursing practice, Dre authored the touching children's book "The Little Boy Who Found Happiness in the Most Unusual Place," skillfully penned in both Cree and English. This heartfelt narrative beautifully illustrates the transformative power of therapeutic photography in the life of a Cree youth navigating the journey of healing and hope after loss.
Dre's commitment to mental health support and his pioneering nursing innovations have earned accolades from prestigious bodies like the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses and his college. His tireless dedication and inventive solutions stand as a testament to his unwavering commitment to enhancing lives, especially in remote Saskatchewan communities.
Primary Care Nurse
Co-Founder of the Pinehouse Photography Club
Children's Book Author
Drawing from extensive experience in ICU and ER settings, Dre has transitioned to specializing in remote primary care nursing. His current focus revolves around serving the Métis and First Nations communities in northern Saskatchewan, delivering essential healthcare services tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.
After experiencing personal grief and loss, Dre turned to therapeutic photography. His captivating images of the northern Saskatchewan aurora borealis grabbed the attention of local youth. Through this, he discovered not just the prevalence of youth struggling with addiction and mental health issues, but also how the simple act of photography could aid them. This realization led to the creation of the Pinehouse Photography Club.
Dre's newest book, "The Little Boy Who Found Happiness in the Most Unusual Place," delves into the real-life journey of a local youth who grappled with his father's suicide at a young age. The narrative not only explores his process of coping and healing but also sheds light on how his engagement with photography became a powerful tool in his own recovery and, ultimately, in aiding others through their own struggles.
Nurturing Healthcare Innovation in Northern Frontiers: Dre Erwin's Ongoing Journey
In pursuit of healthcare innovation, Dre Erwin, the founder of PhotoVibe, remains steadfast in fulfilling his Nurse Practitioner (NP) aspirations while continuing to serve in northern regions due to limited primary care opportunities in southern Saskatchewan. Collaborating with various organizations, he actively seeks avenues to expand therapeutic photography education and support programs, particularly in rural and remote communities. Simultaneously, Dre is channeling his creativity into authoring several new children's books, furthering his commitment to inspiring young minds and advocating for mental health awareness through literature. With a passion for fostering positive change, Dre Erwin continues to carve paths for innovative healthcare solutions, leaving an enduring impact on healthcare accessibility and mental health support in remote settings.
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Dre always has magnificent photos, but I enjoy his quotes nearly as much as the aurora. He has done so much to help the youth find their true calling and cares for his community. I hope to meet him one day.
Dre Erwin's work is wonderful.I send a small group of people several "Batches" of inspirational sayings with pictures each day & if I need a picture to go with something... I look here. He is talented & inspirational
Leanne Mikkelsen Thoroughgood
Love Dre’s photography! It is breathtaking and vibrant - life affirming! Recommend following his photography as it provides calm and peace at the end of the day!
He’s a great person and so caring for the youth he has been there for me when I was down he’s amazing and always happy stay happy and positive!!!
By putting cameras in the hands of these youth, a nurse literally is saving lives in the north.
A New Lens on Life: The Healing Power of Therapeutic Photography
Experience the Transformative Magic of Photography! Immerse yourself in the captivating realm of 'A New Lens on Life,' a documentary honored by CBC. Explore how the art of therapeutic photography is making a profound impact on lives in Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan. Begin your journey with a brief preview, and let yourself be entranced by the powerful narrative of resilience, creativity, and healing. This is a story that will ignite inspiration and leave you yearning for more. Join us on this extraordinary voyage, and hit that 'Follow' button to watch the complete documentary."
The Little Boy who found Happiness, in the Most Unusual Place
Authored in both English and Cree, soared to Canada's top ten bestsellers for two consecutive weeks. Experience the book's magic—available now!
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