Reporting to the Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC), the Aboriginal Student Success Strategist (Strategist) is responsible for:
I am a mixed-race woman who has made the conscious decision to live my life according to Haudenosaunee tradition. My biological father was an Anishinabe man and my mother is of French/Irish descent. The father who raised me is Mohawk and that is how I know Tyendinaga as my home today. I was born and raised in Toronto, where I spent the first twenty-two years of my life. Thereafter, I claimed my identity, language and culture (to the best of my ability) and have been sitting (with the Bear Clan) and learning in the longhouse with the traditional Haudenosaunee people of Tyendinaga. My work experience is diverse and covers the fields of administration, legal secretary (corporate and criminal law), Aboriginal employment and Aboriginal education. My passion, heart and soul lies in the field of Aboriginal education. Having taught from early childhood right up to Adult Education, the biggest life lessons I have gained came from teaching at-risk youth at the high-school level. Currently, my path has taken me back to the world of Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education, while raising two beautiful daughters. I currently work at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (Queen’s University) as the Aboriginal Student Success Strategist. My objective is to assist our Aboriginal youth in any way possible, to accept, acknowledge and honour who they are and to help bridge the gaps as a result of colonialism, through resource sharing, supporting, advocating, liaison, listening, story-telling, teaching, and most importantly, by role-modelling.