C O M M U N I T Y S E R V I C E
Since my early teen years, I have been actively involved with community organizations as a youth volunteer leading the direction of youth initiatives in Stephenville. Moreover, I was a founding youth with the Community Youth Network (CYN).
I have been actively involved in the Mi’kmaq community since the late 1990s when my Indigenous ancestry became known to me after years of community and familial suppression, stemming from histories of discrimination, exclusion, and erasure on the island of Newfoundland.
My involvement, both personal and professional, within the urban Indigenous community of Tkaronto has been one of many gifts. To learn and grow with a group of people who have rich lived experiences within a space where you do not only listen but where you are also heard. From Indigenous Board of Directors to ceremonies, or community events, my continued involvement with the urban Indigenous community of Tkaronto has encompassed relations to reciprocity, inclusion, and respect. My doctoral studies have allowed me to expand my web of relations to include the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, and Tuscarora nations of Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Furthermore, the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga Anishinaabeg) of Curve Lake First Nation. The relations are not static but are continually expanding and developing, and it is without a doubt that my involvement within the Department of Social Work will depend on furthering these relations with the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg.
B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S
President & Director of Research & Mentorship
INDIGENOUS FRIENDS ASSOCIATION (IFA)
The Board of Directors is accountable to members and their families, the community, funders, and other stakeholders. Through connecting Indigenous students with peer support and offering internal and external resources that are available in the educational setting and surroundings areas, students can access information on resources for Indigenous Peoples on-campus, peer-support networks, and traditional counselling and Knowledge Keepers. Furthermore, the Board is responsible for the Association's performance in realizing its mission and achieving its goals and for the effective stewardship of financial and human resources.
NATIVE MEN'S RESIDENCE (NA-ME-RES)
The Circle of Directors is responsible for the strategic focus, policy direction, and financial health of Na-Me-Res, ensuring that programs have adequate resources and are consistent with the mission and values. Moreover, the vision is that everyone deserves respect, consideration, and care, no matter their life circumstances. That belief drives the compassion and dedication of the Na-Me-Res team. The Circle of Directors recognizes all staff and volunteers who help coordinate programs, manage residences, and devote long hours to end homelessness and meet the needs of the Toronto Indigenous community.