Adrienne Carriere [B.S.W. 1995, PB Cert. Ed. 2003, M.Ed. 2006]

Adrienne Carriere

San Clara, Manitoba
Program Director with Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs, Member of UM Graduation Pow Wow Committee

What inspires you?
What inspires me the most is having the honour of working with our strong and courageous students. It is so motivational to watch them as they grow in their confidence and take on leadership roles in the university and community. The students keep me grounded to my roots and always remind me to never forget where I came from. As a graduate of the Access Programs and huge supporter of the Aboriginal Student Center, I am rewarded every day by having the opportunity to give back to my community in ways that I hope are meaningful to our students. Coming to university from the small Metis community of San Clara, Manitoba and the first in my family to obtain a university degree, it is important that I keep my community at the heart of all I do.

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous Graduates of the University of Manitoba?
Take advantage of all of the supports and resources available to you in the Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs, Indigenous Student Centre, Migizii Agamik, the wider University of Manitoba campus and the Indigenous community. Stay strong in who you are as Indigenous students, be empowered to share your visions and voices and always pave the way for our future generations.

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