Council of Directors
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Erin Hayward (Kwe Ekoowaandang Beka Minidoowaabo) identifies as an urban Indigenous Kwe. She is Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) on her paternal side and mixed European (Irish, British & German) maternally. Erin was born and raised in Scarborough Ontario. Erin is traditionally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (Her paternal grandfather was adopted out). Erin is passionate about Indigenous science, Kanyen’keha (The Mohawk Language), hunting, fishing, and tending to Haudenosaunee seed and community relationships through Revitalizing our Sustenance.
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.
Cherylanne James is Anishinaabekwe from the Martin Clan and her community is Chippewas of Rama First Nation. She is a Professor at Fleming College, having taught in Child and Youth Care & Social Services, she now teaches in Indigenous Studies. She has worked in the field of children and youth for ten years and is passionate about education and challenging child welfare in relation to Indigenous children and youth in care. Before teaching, she worked with the TRACKS Youth Program for five years and as the Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children Worker at NASC. Along with sitting on the Council of Directors for NASC, she sits on the editorial board of the Relational Child and Youth Care International Journal. Cherylanne is a mother, storyteller, photographer, illustrator and painter.
Ishkenikeyaa Waawaashkesh (Marjolaine Lapointe)
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!