Council of Directors
Lori Flynn is Anishinaabekwe from Hiawatha First Nation.
Bio coming soon.
Meri Saunders, (Wahsontanoren) is a Wolf Clan woman of the Wahta Mohawk territory, a mother, and a grandmother. Meri retired after a successful, 40-year career in finance and management roles, most recently as Director of Finance and Administration at the Ontario
Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC). In her role at OFIFC, Meri provided 18 years of effective financial leadership for the organisation; as well as training and support for member Friendship Centres to develop their capacity in non-profit finance, management and governance. Since retiring, Meri has kept busy serving on the Board of Trustees at Ross Memorial Hospital
and providing ongoing counsel in financial management for Ontario Native Women’s Association, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre.
Ishkenikeyaa Waawaashkesh (Marjolaine Lapointe)
Ishkenikeyaa Marjolaine LaPointe (Anishinaabe) is a member of Ardoch First Nation. An educator for over 20 years, Marjolaine is currently one of 2 Indigenous Education Consultants for KPRDSB, with curriculum support, Anishinaabemowin, Indigenous-Centred Trauma-Informed Education and Indigenous-Centred Restorative Practice as portfolios. Marjolaine is passionate about language, culture, and culturally relevant and restorative education, and has a 2 decades-long relationship with Niijkiwendidaa.