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LoriLori Campbell: Director

Lori is a 2-Spirit nēhiyaw āpihtāwikosisān iskwew from Treaty 6 territory in kīwētinohk kisiskāciwan with matrilineal ties to mōniyawi-sākahikanihk. 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.

 cherylCheryl Maksymyk: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Coordinator

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 Indigenous Field of Study. Her previous experience includes working with young mothers, Indigenous youth, child and family services, and mental illness.

shawn_johnstonShawn Johnston: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Events Coordinator

Shawn is a Niizh Manidoog Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching located on Treaty #3 territory. Shawn was raised by their mother, a Residential School Survivor. Their position as Events Coordinator allows them to create programming throughout the school. This includes guest speakers, workshops, elder visits, and annual pow wow. Shawn’s role includes campus recruitment which allows them to visit high schools throughout Ontario.