Stephanie was born and raised in the James Bay coastal community of Moose Factory, Ontario. Stephanie is a proud mother to her daughter and a grandmother to her two grandsons. She is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation and is deeply influenced by the resilience and perseverance exhibited by her family and Inninew (Cree) community.
Stephanie has a commitment and passion to make positive contributions to the lives of Indigenous Peoples. She has worked and volunteered in the Indigenous community for the past thirty years. As a result, she has a wide breadth of knowledge and extensive personal and professional experience on issues related to Indigenous Peoples, culture and communities.
Stephanie’s distinguished career includes a Bachelor Administration degree from Lakehead University, working with First Nation’s, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and provincial Ministries (MNR, IAO, MAG.)
She was a founding board member for the Indigenous Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario, both a team member and later Assistant Chef-de-mission for Team Ontario at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games and believes in the healing power of sport and active living.
Stephanie is the recipient of numerous awards while working at Canada Revenue Agency and Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada, recognizing her professional contributions to the development of policy, frameworks and relationship building.
In 2009, she received the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Achievement Award for community involvement. Nominators stated, “Stephanie has given up her own time to provide opportunities for our youth to be engaged in healthy activities – She is well-spoken, outgoing and willing to help others attain their educational and personal goals – Her passion for helping the Indigenous community is evident in her dedication locally and nationally in providing guidance to Indigenous peoples.”
Motivated by the traditional teachings of her grandparents and mother immersed in traditional Inninew values; she has committed her life journey to supporting and strengthening the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of Indigenous Peoples.
Stephanie currently resides in the city of Toronto, Ontario where she operates her independent consulting business. Providing a range of advisory and consulting services from an Indigenous lens to a diverse clientele of Indigenous community groups, service providers and political leadership. Stephanie is recognized as being keenly intuitive in multiple challenging opportunities, to read crowds and situations with deep empathy, a sharp mind, and a powerful expansive well-practiced planning mind.
Stephanie can be reached at email: [email protected]