Administrators

Darlene Loft,

Ontario

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She: kon, hello everyone, I have been with The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) Recreation Department since 1999. I Truly believe we can prevent health issues by having an active lifestyle and taking the time to have good old fashion fun. My education and experience never stops. I started in the Recreation Department and coached t-ball for 3 years and soccer for another 3. I also organized several community events and then developed the Tyendinaga Fitness Resource Centre in 2007 which has been very successful. If you have any questions or ideas we welcome them. We want MBQ Recreation to be a community shared space and your input is very important for our success.

In addition, in order to develop programs, Recreation (Darlene Loft) has developed & designed proposals for funding and the success of the proposal funding has been 99 % successful.

To visit Tyendinaga Fitness Resource Centre please follow this link:
http://www.mbq-tmt.org/community-services/tyendinaga-fitness-resource-ce...


Dominga Robinson,

Saskatchewan

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Dominga Robinson is a Nakota woman who comes from Pheasant Rump First Nations but has called Regina home for most of her life. Dominga attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the First Nations University of Canada in 2008. Since that graduation, her career has taken her into various positions within the non-profit and education sectors. Dominga`s training and skill set have led her to pursue a career in communications, event coordination and sponsorships. Since a teenager, Dominga has been active in both the Indigenous and artistic communities. Her passion for both, community and creative thinking, have motivated her to not only work in sectors that directly impact the people but also to volunteer for various community organizations. Dominga has served as board member of the Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association since 2008. She held the role of Interim Vice President during the 2009-10 year and was elected as Vice President this year. She is also a volunteer Board Member and Communications Committee Chair for Common Weal Community Arts and she sits on Sask. Culture`s Grant Adjudication Juries. In her spare time, Dominga likes to write plays and poetry and has been both published and produced. She spends her time with her little sister, two dogs and a very brave cat.


Janetta Soup

Alberta

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Janetta Soup is the Engagement Liaison for the Alberta Region with the FNIM Program and resides in Calgary. As an Engagement Liaison she plays a critical role in supporting community health care providers in knowledge sharing and exchange. Janetta places concentration on establishing and maintaining partnerships with FNIM communities, organizations and health care providers. Responding to gaps in health care delivery through knowledge exchange, mobilization initiatives and action based research are integral to her role.

Janetta is a co-lead for The Benefits of Physical Activity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities: Sharing Knowledge and Community Leading Practices initiative, and is pleased to be contributing to a project that promotes balanced health and wellness in FNIM communities. She is also a co-lead on the Aboriginal Physical Activity Case Studies E-Learning Series, which highlights various promising practices and key learnings as part of a knowledge exchange with FNIM communities. For more information on these initiatives, please visit the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program website at: http://www.saintelizabeth.com/fnim

As a graduate from the University of Lethbridge Management Faculty, Janetta’s primary academic focus was Native American Studies, International Management, General Management and Marketing. Her background includes over 10 years of work experience with First Nations community members. Prior to joining Saint Elizabeth, Janetta was the Health Careers Coordinator for the Treaty 7 Management Corporation.

Janetta is a proud Blackfoot woman and a strong believer in helping make FNIM communities a healthier place and enjoys doing recreational activities with her four-year old son.


Julia Walker

British Columbia

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Julia Walker works at the Gitsegukla Health Center as a Finance Office Manager. She is a mother of two teen boys and manages the boy’s youth soccer team (14-18) for the third year now. Her husband is a coach along with one other coach for the team. The team started with 6 bored boys and she and her husband started to encourage other boys in the community to join the team. It was difficult as in their rural community the majority of the youth are involved in drugs and alcohol. Their incentive was to bring the team to other neighboring communities for a game or two. They were able to fundraise to buy the youth water and orange slices and a light meal. The youth really loved travelling and having a meal outside of the village. This really helped build and bond the team and therefore also their skills and steered them away from alcohol and drugs. Last year the team entered a tournament and won second place. In order to pay for the fee’s they did car washes, walk-a-thons, a smorgasbord and raffles. It has been very rewarding and but keeping them together and recruiting more youth is their goal. The team has now grown from 6 to apx. 17 players and the coaches do a great positive job at building their self esteem.


Kenn Ross

Ontario

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Kenn Ross is a member of the Millbrook Micmac First Nation of Nova Scotia. Born in Montreal and a committed Habs fan, Kenn has lived in Toronto since he was 11. After graduating from York University’s Glendon College with a Specialized Honours BA in English where he won the inaugural bp nichol award for creative writing, Kenn worked successively for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, CIBC and Bank of Montreal. Kenn then moved to the Aboriginal Economic Renewal Initiative, a project of the federal and provincial governments meant to stimulate Aboriginal business development in Ontario.

In 2004 Kenn joined Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training where he founded its Aboriginal Business Resource Centre, delivering entrepreneur and business skills development to Aboriginal people in the Greater Toronto Area. Kenn also initiated the formation of Miziwe Biik Development Corporation (MBDC), which oversees various projects important the Aboriginal community, including housing, youth programs as well as cultural and social enterprises among others. Based on these experiences, Kenn places a strong value on partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal interests.

Given this, it made sense for Kenn to join the Organizing Committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games as its Senior Manager, Aboriginal Relations, acting as an interface between the Games and the Aboriginal community.

In addition, Kenn is involved with youth soccer and holds an OSA 2 licence and also plays, when not injured, in a co-ed recreation league.


Nicole Rempel

British Columbia

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My name is Nicole Rempel and I am from the K’ómoks First Nation. I work for the K’ómoks Band, and am very excited about the Aboriginal Journey they have planned for the summer of 2014. It is a traditional canoe journey from Comox B.C. to Bella Bella B.C. We will be travelling in our traditional war canoe, the I-HOS, and also in another canoe that we have. It is exciting because it involves the whole community, from our youth right up to our elders.
I have participated in canoeing for many years, and also kayak regularly. I believe in a healthy lifestyle, and eat solely organic foods, and raise my children to be healthy and active.
I run weekly, and participated in this year’s Times Colonist 10k run with our K’ómoks First Nations team. I am also an avid cyclist and own 3 bikes for 3 different styles of riding. I downhill mountain bike, cross country mountain bike and road bike as well. I am very passionate about biking.
Something else I really enjoy is hiking. Last year my husband and I took our children on a 10 day hike on the Nootka Trail. I have hiked the Comox Glacier and Cape Scott trail several times. I am also co-captain of my slo-pitch team, the T-Birds.
Something I would like to see in our First Nations community is the development of a youth sports program. I really feel strongly that we need to engage our youth in more sports related activities.


Suzanne Stephenson

Quebec

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Suzanne Stephenson is the Engagement Liaison for the Quebec Region for the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) Program. She is bilingual in English and French and is based in Montreal. In her role Suzanne works in partnership with FNIM communities, health care providers, and organizations on knowledge sharing and exchange initiatives, with the FNIM Program belief that the answers to understanding and solving complex health care issues, improving access and addressing barriers to care are found within communities.

She brings to this position several years of experience working with First Nations and for not-for-profit organizations, including as a Cultural Agent for the Montreal First Peoples Festival. She is also a voting member of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Health Committee.

Suzanne is a co-lead for The Benefits of Physical Activity for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Communities: Sharing Knowledge and Community Leading Practices initiative, as well as the Aboriginal Physical Activity Case Studies E-Learning Series. She is pleased to be contributing to projects that promote balanced health and wellness in FNIM communities. For more information on these initiatives, please visit the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program website at: http://www.saintelizabeth.com/fnim

Suzanne graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Indigenous Studies, where she did her fourth-year research on the social, cultural and health effects of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. She enjoys staying active through cycling, jogging, weightlifting, and swimming.