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Lori Campbell: Director

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Lori is a 2-Spirit nēhiyaw āpihtākosisān, Cree- Métis. Her relatives are from Treaty 6 territory in northern Saskatchewan. Lori is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation.

She is proud to say that over the last 25 years she has managed to locate and contact not only her birth mom and family relations, but all 6 of her living siblings – scattered across Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The search for Lori’s family was an educational as well as personal experience for her. She learned firsthand the far-reaching effects of the residential school legacy.

Her life experiences have contributed not only to her understanding of Indigenous issues, but also to her passion for education. Lori holds two undergraduate degrees (Indigenous Studies and Psychology), a Master’s degree in Adult Education from First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina, and is currently working toward a PhD in Social Justice Education through OISE at the University of Toronto.

Cheryl Maksymyk: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Coordinator

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Cheryl Maksymyk joined the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre as the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator in 2014.  As the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator, Cheryl is accountable for a range of student advising and support, event planning, and program delivery duties related to Indigenous initiatives administered by St. Paul’s University College. This includes networking and advocacy to build partnerships that enrich the experience of Indigenous students through St. Paul’s University College.

Cheryl graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters of Social Work in the Indiegenous Field of Study. Her previous experience includes working with young mothers, Indigenous youth, child and family services, and mental illness.

Amy Smoke: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Coordinator

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Amy Smoke has been a part of the Indigenous Student Centre since 2013. She completed her BA in Social Development Studies while acting as President of the Indigenous Student Association and a Bachelor of Social Work, during which she completed her work placement in the Centre. She is currently the Events Coordinator, stepping in for a colleague, Shawn Johnston, for 12 months while he is away. She will be moving on the Graduate Studies in September 2018, to obtain her Masters of Social Work, in the Indigenous Field of Study at Wilfrid Laurier University. Amy is Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan, from the Six Nations of the Grand River, and is a mother, daughter, sister, storyteller, singer, and active Indigenous community member.