What inspires you?
I work as the Aboriginal Relations Manager for United Way of Winnipeg. I learn and apply an Indigenous lens to Canadian philanthropy. What inspires me is the value of Indigenous reciprocity as it relates to sharing, caring, giving and making a creative difference and why this can be transformational in Canadian philanthropy.
What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba?
My advice to alumni is this. You represent a growing educated middle class. This comes with a responsibility and as alumni; give back by supporting the very community that supported you. Your act of giving will not only honor those that had gone before you and set a noble example for those to follow. Sharing in your act of giving you will also inspire others in a growing Indigenous form of philanthropy. To the students, first I want to congratulate you on making the right choice to pursue a quality education. I learnt a lot outside the class room when I attended the University of Manitoba, so I encourage you all to get involve in your university community. Seek out the success you envision, encircle yourself with that success and you will likely become that success. And remember you likely made a promise to yourself, commitment and dedication will help you hold that promise.