Marnie currently works at Laurentian University for the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Wellbeing Measure (ACHWM) where she shares it with communities across Ontario and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Physical Education at Laurentian University, specializing in Health Promotion and Indigenous Studies, and achieved an advanced diploma in Physical Fitness and Leisure Management at Cambrian College. With several years of experience in planning, conducting, evaluating and implementing programs for First Nations in several different areas both on and off reserve, she is eager to participate and assist Wahnapitae with her knowledge, as it builds on her personal interest in indigenous children’s health.
Denise has an extensive 30 year career in community health. She started at Health Services in Dokis First Nation as a Family Health Aide, which evolved into the Community Health Representative (CHR) Program. She was the Acting Interim CHR Coordinator for the Ontario region, a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Worker, and served as Health Director. Politically, Denise served as Councillor for many terms, and in 2006 was the first female to be elected Chief, where she was re-elected for five consecutive terms, retiring in 2016. Denise was also Deputy Chief. In May 2018, Denise was appointed by the Minister of National Defence as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel (HLCoL) with the Algonquin Regiment in North Bay.
Candace is from Shawanaga First Nation, where she and her family currently reside. She has more than 18 years of experience in Finance, and has worked in Health for the last six years. She is currently a Councillor with Shawanaga First Nation and holds the Health, Child, Cultural and Finance Portfolios within her community. Candace has been active within her community in recent years helping with the Annual Pow Wow through the Healing Centre and other events. Candace enjoys being out by the bay fishing or creating handmade beadwork in her spare time.
Grace was a Board Member for the previous pre-designation agency Gzaa-Gaah-Naa-Nig Child and Family Services for the entirety of their existence. In her home community of Henvey Inlet First Nation, she was the Child Welfare Prevention Worker for eight years and was a daycare worker for five years. She remains a strong advocate for children and families in her community. Grace is a mother of three adult children and has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is very much involved in their lives and is a proud Nokomis!
Shane Tabobondung is of Ojibwa and Pottawatomi ancestry and is a member of Wasauksing First Nation. Shane holds a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Social Work studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been professionally involved in health and wellness for the last 20 years. Shane has recently taken on the position of Director of Social Wellness in Wasauksing, where he works to professionally harmonize western medical approaches to health and the Indigenous wellness paradigm. Early in his career Shane served as elected Chief, and has served multiple terms on Council.
Lloyd Myke was elected in as Chief of Magnetawan First Nation in 2021. Previously Lloyd held roles with Council as Chief, Deputy Chief, and Head Councillor. Lloyd studied at Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology and worked with Boart Longyear Drilling Services. He was involved with the Anishinabek Nation Education Secretariat Anishinabek Educational Institute Leadership Council, and Chair of the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB). As a Portfolio Holder, Lloyd was involved in the creation of the Land Code Development, and Election and Community Ratification for Magnetwan First Nation. In 2015, Lloyd and colleagues received a Community Builders Award – Environment Category for the effectiveness of mitigation measures used to prevent reptile mortality on Highway 69 through Magnetawan First Nation and Burwash.