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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 Manager

Cheryl Maksymyk joined the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre as the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator in 2014.  As the Indigenous Student Services Manager, 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.

ChloeChloe Blair: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Assistant

Chloe Blair joined the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre team in 2019 as the WISC Assistant. She is responsible for student engagement, cultural programming, recruitment as well as a variety of administrative duties. Chloe graduated from the University of Waterloo with her BA in Art History and Visual Culture in 2018. She endeavors to use her artistic training to empower Indigenous students to reclaim and nurture their traditional art-forms.

Amy

Amy Smoke: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Manager

Amy Smoke joined the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre as the Indigenous Events Coordinator in 2017. As the Indigenous Student Services Manager, Amy 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. 

Amy graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters of Social Work in the Indigenous Field of Study, from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Social Development Studies, from Renison University College with a Bachelor of Social Work, and from Conestoga College with a diploma in General Arts & Sciences. They are a Two Spirit, Indigiqueer parent, land defender/water protector, community organizer, public speaker, and singer. Amy has won several awards in the fields of Social Justice and Community Leadership and focuses on creating safer, braver space for Indigenous Two Spirit, queer, trans, and non-binary youth.
 

JustinJustine Kennedy: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre Manager

Justine Kennedy joined the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre in October 2020 as the Special Projects Coordinator. Justine Kennedy is from Walpole Island First Nation and Oneida Nation of the Thames. She recently completed the Masters of Social Work - Indigenous Field of Study program at Wilfrid Laurier University, and prior to that completed her Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work at Laurentian University. She is Two-Spirit and fostering her 7 younger brothers.