Who is Nemesis?

Who Is Nemesis?Mission Statement

It is the hope of the Nemesis Group to heal, educate, and advocate for societal change, elevating the status of women and children. Nemesis group plans to do so by challenging that which is harmful, whether it is political, environmental, planet-harming, violent or racist.

Who is Nemesis?

The people behind the Nemesis group are Bonita Johnson-deMatteis and Rebekkah Adams.

Bonita Johnson-deMatteis

Bonita Johnson-deMatteis has worked for the past 20 years as a crisis counsellor, sexual assault counsellor and group facilitator for adult women survivors of childhood sexual assault.  She is a Certified Family Mediator.  Bonita is a nationally recognized visual artist, writer, designer and illustrator.  She has illustrated several books for children, and her book “Lest We Forget”, was the recipient of the Ontario Museum Association Award of Merit for her writing and design.  Bonita’s design of The Black History Cairn has been internationally recognized.  Bonita holds certification and diplomas in Basic and Advanced Family Mediation and Narrative Therapy, and a diploma in Visual Arts. She is also a certified Family Mediator and Fitness Instructor.

Rebekkah Adams

Rebekkah Adams, Co-Director of Nemesis Group Services, a private counseling service, is an Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in sexual trauma for over 25 years. Her post graduate degree is in Expressive Arts Therapy, with certificates in Human Resources and Business from Queen’s University; Management, Coaching and Facilitation from Hinks-Dellcrest; Police Sciences; and a diploma in Creative Writing. Currently completing her Sex Therapy degree.

Rebekkah completed the Humber School for Writers Program and had worked as a journalist, children’s author and fiction writer with extensive portfolio. Rebekkah is the author of two books, both a work of fiction – Front Porch Mannequins, as well as textbook for women’s studies courses, Glass Houses, which was featured at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences in British Columbia. Rebekkah is also the Play Therapist for Nshiime Daycare, Cape Croker First Nation.

A member of several professional organizations, including Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists, Association for Play Therapy, Canadian Art Therapy Association, PEN Canada, The Canadian Women’s Studies Association of Canada, Writer’s Union of Canada, Child Trauma Institute, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

 Counselling Model

Nemesis uses a feminist framework. The basic principles include:

*Seeking help is not a sign of sickness, nor a defect, but a natural, healthy and logical response to trauma.

*Women are in charge of their own healing process; we are here as a resource and guide.

*Women’s lives are interwoven with issues of their gender, race, sexuality, and socio-economic status among others and cannot be separated from their experience.

We are members of:

The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Why the name Nemesis?

We chose the name “Nemesis” because it evoked the tangible possibility of changing a society that is presently unbalanced regarding it’s respect toward women and the wisdom they embody. We hope that by presenting a strong, challenging image of this goddess/woman named Nemesis, we may also evoke the idea that due enactment is possible when it comes to addressing ongoing violence towards women and children.

Who Was Nemesis?

Nemesis was humanity’s conscience. She was the goddess of divine indignation and retribution. She punished excessive pride and evil deeds. True to her name, which variously may be translated as “she who distributes or deals out”, “due enactment”, or “divine vengeance”, Nemesis was a feared and revered goddess. With a discriminating eye she directed human affairs in such a way as to maintain equilibrium on earth. Nemesis was the most implacable deity to men of violence. Beautiful Nemesis was initially portrayed without her wings, but in later descriptions she appeared as a winded goddess. In her left hand she held an apple branch, rein, lash, sword, or balancing scales. She was also known as “Adrasteia”, which means “inescapable”. It could be said that Nemesis/Adrasteia was the ancient Greeks’ conscience, for the goddess of retribution personified moral reverence for the natural order of things and provided a deterrence to wrongful action.