About
 

I began consulting in 2003, specializing in Indigenous program development.  As a former business teacher at the Toronto District School Board, former Director of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and former Vice President of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, I combined knowledge and skills in education and business.  


I graduated from Nipissing University with a Master of Education Degree; from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree and Business Administration Certificate; and from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education Degree.


I am from Toronto and am a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario although my family hails from Saskatchewan. 

Experience
  • Co-authored and published an Ontario Ministry of Education-approved Grade 10 Ontario Native Studies teacher resource, for Pearson Canada Inc. 
  • Co-authored a study on First Nation student wellbeing; co-authored the People's Report on the Ontario Regional Health Survey; and co-authored a funding proposal for poverty reduction for Chiefs of Ontario.
  • Co-authored a Toronto Indigenous community study for the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy Management Committee 
  • Conducted a comprehensive five-year school evaluation; conducted a parent engagement study; created a school improvement plan; and co-authored a school expansion study for Curve Lake First Nation.
  • Conducted a needs assessment on urban Indigenous post-secondary education and co-authored a funding proposal for an upgrading program for Indigenous students at George Brown College.
  • Facilitated discussions between Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy stakeholders and Human Resources Skill Development Canada in order to formulate a framework for community development.
  • Produced roll-up reports on the Ontario Region Aboriginal HeadstartProgram, for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada.
  • Created culturally-based outdoor education curriculum for Wahta First Nation, in partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
  • Created the FourDirectionsTeachings.com online multidisciplinary curriculum for youth, based on traditional teachings provided by several elders, for Invert Media.
  • Created webinars and online training curriculum geared to Indigenous peoples’ vocational interests, for A Learning Community Network (ALCN).
  • Created small business curriculum and delivered computer training to Indigenous entrepreneur clients in Toronto, for the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre.
  • Created multi-media career education curriculum for Indigenous youth, in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association, for Big Soul Productions.
  • Created online peer support training curriculum for Muskoka high school students, for Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services. 
  • Created employment and training curriculum and directed pilot project implementation of a carpentry apprenticeship training program for Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, in partnership with George Brown College.
  • Taught Aboriginal Relations to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources staff and management.
  • Taught Native Studies at George Brown College.
  • Taught career planning to unemployed and underemployed Indigenous adults at the NativeCanadian Centre of Toronto. 
  • Coordinated sponsorship and donations, marketing and communications, and Aboriginal breast cancer survivor participation in international medical conferences for the World Conference on Breast Cancer Organization, Inc.