Always on the go.  Here's just a few examples of some of the things that have been occupying my time lately.

The iconic Western University tower, a the top of University College (UC) hill.

Working at western university - london, on.

So, I work as a Liaison & Admissions Coordinator for Western U.  I get to travel all over Ontario and Quebec, talking to prospective university-bound students about their options at Western.  The job takes me to some interesting places (and into even more interesting scenarios and conversations).

 

The inter-institutional crew at Bridal Veil Falls, Manitoulin Island

the aboriginal post-secondary information program (Apsip)

From September to December each year, I get to travel with the most beautiful, amazing group of people.  We live, work, play, laugh, and cry together.  I couldn't ask for better people in my life!  The Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) work towards encouraging Indigenous students to pursue post-secondary education, and promote the services and supports that each institutions has available to Indigenous learners.

 

Keynote speaker at the TVDSB FNMI Year-End Gathering (2015)

Cultural Teacher

I get the opportunity to work as a Cultural Teacher at the Thames Valley Districts School Board (TVDSB).  Some of these workshops include teachings on Indigenous culture and traditions, drum making, traditional sings and dance, identity teachings, and leadership.

 

Purple Spirit drum group at the Indigenous Graduation Ceremony, Western University (2015)

Purple spirit - men's drumming

Part of my balance and wellness is being able to sing around the big drum.  Purple Spirit Singers is a new group that formed earlier this year, and is comprised of Western University students, as well as community members from around the London-area.  We have been travelling all over Ontario for different events, performances, and invitations.  This is a large part of my health and healing!

Working in the Indigenous garden on campus last summer (2015)

Indigenous Food & medicine garden - Western u

The Indigenous Food & Medicine Garden is a student-run initiative at Western, which gives students of all backgrounds an opportunity to work with mother earth to grow food for harvest and consumption.  As students, it is easy to lose ourselves within the walls of the institution, and forget about our connection to the land and where our food comes from.  This has been a great way to de-stress, connect back to Mother Earth, and contribute to a great initiative at the university.