I am originally a member of the Algonquin community of Eagle Village First Nation, located in Kipawa QC but now get to serve my community as their Economic Development Officer for the past 2 years. Over this time I have worked closely with Chief and Council to begin to revitalize our Algonquin culture, whether it is our language, arts and crafts, or just being proud of who we are and showcasing our pride and culture. While working on bringing back our culture I have also began to develop a tourism plan so that we may take advantage of the demand for Aboriginal tourism in our area; all while working on developing our tourism infrastructure such as a small Inn and Restaurant, campground, and various cultural projects.
Also, as I began my role as Economic Development Officer, it was just in time for the start of the FCM and CANDO pilot program CEDI (Community Economic Development Initiative), between Eagle Village First Nation, the Municipality of Kipawa, and the Town of Temiscaming.
I also sit as the Algonquin representative and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC).
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting and Finance and Minor in English, from Salem University, in Salem, MA.