Jolene Mercer, Director of Operations

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Wilma Manningway, Assistant to the Director of Operations 

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Wilma is an Ojibway of Peguis First Nation.  She is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in the Administrative and Executive Assistant field with over 20 years experience.

She joined Southern Chiefs Organization in October 2016 in the position as the Assistant to the Director of Operation.  Part of my responsibilities are reporting and operating directly to and under the Director of Operations, including the day to day scheduling and maintenance and operations of the records and documents.

In addition to her duties as an Assistant, Wilma is also involved in attending sporting events held in her community.

Juliet Cadiz, Executive Assistant to GC

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Juliet started with Southern Chiefs’ Organization in January 2017 in the position as the Executive Assistant to the Grand Chief.  Her role is to provide administrative and secretarial support with daily scheduling, routing correspondence and initiating telecommunications to name a few.

In addition, she is a yoga teacher and practitioner advocating for body positivity and healthy living.  Juliet is passionate about sharing her energy to help improve one’s quality of life.  She believes that an issue that effects an individual, affects us all.

Natalie Daniels, Child and Family Services Liaison

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Natalie Daniels was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and is a band member of the Peguis First Nation. Natalie brings over 14 years of experience working within the Child Welfare system of Manitoba delivering services to both the Northern and Southern regions. Her experience as a Case Manager, Program Developer, and Family Enhancement Team Leader has paved the way for her to create proactive approaches to assist children, youth, and their families. Natalie’s passion is to share her knowledge and help children, youth, and families as well as foster and kinship care homes navigate their way through the CFS System.


Chloe Courchene, Administrative Assistant

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Chloe is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation. She has been employed with Southern Chiefs’ Organization since August 2014 as an Administrative Assistant. Chloe has been committed to her work at SCO, first working under the Violence Prevention and Resource Program as a Program Assistant to moving on to being Administrative Assistant to all Programs. Her responsibilities focus on providing administrative support to program managers in a variety of tasks. While working with Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Chloe has gained great experience in communication, writing, growing partnerships with coworkers, along with other tasks.



Kathleen Stone, Financial Controller

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Kathleen is from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. She joined SCO in September 2017 as financial controller. She came from public accounting practice in assurance, tax and management with a focus in Indigenous communities and organizations.

She is passionate about education in the Indigenous Community and encourages all to pursue their dreams in education (why not in finance!)

Brandon Sinclair, Administrative Community Liaison 

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Brandon Sinclair is from Little Saskatchewan First Nation. Brandon handles daily reception duties, as well as other assigned administrative tasks. In addition, he is also the Community Liaison for the organization, directing various communications between SCO and its communities. He prides himself on good work ethics, and has a strong passion for learning. In his free time, he enjoys movies, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.



Joni Wilson, Health Research & Engagement

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Joni Wilson is a member of the Peguis First Nation and is a proud mom to a son, daughter and stepdaughter. Since coming on board with Southern Chiefs’ Organization in November of 2016, Joni has worked in the positions of Disabilities Initiative Coordinator and Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator, while also representing the Jordan’s Principle – Child First Initiative portfolio at SCO.  She greatly enjoys working with the First Nation communities, building working relationships, networking and strives to meet any needs identified. On her personal time, Joni is an active volunteer, advocate and spokesperson for numerous child-health charities.



Pamela Davis, Violence Prevention & Safety Coordinator

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Pamela Davis is an Indigenous woman from Ebb & Flow First Nation.

She started with SCO as the Taxicab Community Complaint Advocate in October 2016, where she addressed and assisted community members’ complaints regarding the taxicab service in Winnipeg.

Since then she has been appointed as the Violence Prevention and Safety Coordinator, where she is dedicated to advocate, as well as provide support and resources to those in need.



Malcolm Cook, Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator

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Malcolm Cook – Istah Piiyoh Towah

Is a Blackfeet Confederacy member- Amskapi Pikuni / Cree from Pimichikamak Cree Nation;

Malcolm Started with Southern Chiefs’ Organization Inc. in October 2017 his role is the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NHIB) Navigator for SCO communities.

Malcolm brings extensive background in Aboriginal Health, Urban Aboriginal Housing Sustainability, Fund Development, Child Welfare, Homelessness issues & Community collaboration through proposal & Grant writing both in British Columbia and Manitoba.

Malcolm is honored to continue to work for our First Nation Peoples by bringing commitment, advocacy and strengthening existing relationships with Health Care providers, provincial & Federal Partners.

Malcolm enjoys all outdoor seasonal activities; hockey, lacrosse, volleyball and photography.












Chantell Barker, Community Justice Development Coordinator

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Chantell is a First Nation women from Sapotoweyak Cree Nation and her spirit name is Geetchi Nodin Ikwe. Chantell’s educational background is Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution. Prior to this position, she was employed with Manitoba Justice for ten years as a Probation Officer until she transitioned into program development and facilitation. During her time with Manitoba Justice, she developed the first recognized and court mandated Cultural Appropriate Program which is facilitated in all Correctional and Youth Centres, as well as Probation Offices across Manitoba. In 2016, Chantell participated in a National Web Cast hosted by Justice Canada regarding Indigenous Programming for Youth in Canada. Chantell’s work is recognized nationally as an evidence-informed program.  As the Community Justice Development Coordinator, Chantell strives to bring passion and a vision that restores balance and harmony within the First Nation communities she serves.

Lisa Makwebak, Community Justice Worker, Waywayseecappo 

Lisa is an Anishinabe Ikwe from the Waywayseecappo First Nation, where she currently resides.

Her areas of expertise are “Building healthy relationships” with families, high risk crisis management and mental health counselling.  In recent years, she has worked with the youth in her community who are in an alternative high school setting.  There she has delivered the Family Studies program with emphasis on culture and domestic violence topics.

She is the co-founder of the Woman’s Memorial March of Manitoba which began in 2008, and originated in Vancouver, BC.

She has participated in many traditional ceremonies for the past 25 years.  Her knowledge of her ancestors’ background has given guidance and direction to many people.  She shares the teachings that have been passed down from her father and several other significant elders.  She has been gifted to share women teachings and ceremonies.  She has also sat with a women’s drum group, which has sung at many ceremonies and gatherings.  She continues to participate in many of these gatherings and ceremonies and found it to become a good way of life for her and her family.  She strongly believes in the strong connection to the land.

Crystal Nepinak, Community Justice Worker, Pine Creek

Crystal Nepinak, Spirit name Minoda-a-geezhig Ikwe (Good Hearted Day Woman), is an Ojibway from Pine Creek First Nation where she currently resides.  She is a mother to one beautiful daughter.

Crystal joined SCO in August 2017 in the position of Community Justice Worker working with Pine Creek, Skownan and O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nations.

Crystal has committed herself to her First Nation for the past 11 years.  She was raised in Winnipeg but decided to move back to her community to gain experience working directly with her people and become more familiar with First nation culture and practices.

Crystal’s educational background are in the areas of Accounting, Human Resource Management and Management.  She also holds a certificate for Community Legal Intermediary.

In addition to her duties as Community Justice Worker, Crystal greatly enjoys assisting her community in ways of volunteering, sitting on and helping create committees, advocating for band members in any way needed.  She also enjoys participating in traditional ceremonies and is a Jingle Dress dancer.

Lisa Assiniboine, Community Justice Worker, Long Plain

Lisa Assiniboine from Long Plain First Nation. She is the proud mother of 3 daughters, 1 son and numerous adopted children. Lisa has been a jingle dress dancer for many years and continues to teach her children the traditional ways she was taught. Lisa enjoys sewing and beading in her spare time. She enjoys teaching other women to make regalia’s such as jingle dresses, fancy outfits and moccasins.

Lisa currently works as Community Justice Worker in Long Plain and for some of the surrounding First Nations.


Bonnie Woodhouse, Community Justice Worker, Pinaymootang

Bonnie Woodhouse is from Pinaymootang First Nation as the JC she is responsible for administering the First Nation Justice Strategy to five First Nations.  She communicates and develops working relationships with RCMP, Manitoba Probations, Crown Attorneys, Chief & Council, and Clients. She is also a Board member of The Restorative Justice Association of Manitoba, and has her Commissioner for Oaths.




Andrea Swampy, Community Justice Worker, Sagkeeng

Andrea Swampy is from Sagkeeng First Nation; she is a wife and a mother of 3. She has been employed as a Community Justice Worker with SCO since July, 2012. Andrea loves her community of Sagkeeng; she was raised in Sagkeeng and continues to raise her own children in the community. She loves to work with her community members, as well as members from the surrounding area. Andrea strongly supports Restorative Justice and believes that anyone can turn themselves around if they are willing to work on self-healing and if they are ready to build a brighter future for themselves; with a strong support team and with self-determination anything is possible.

Katie Kent, Youth Intern, Justice

Katie is a member of Pinaymootang First Nation.  Katie recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in Indigenous Studies and is currently working as a Youth Intern in the Justice department. She is passionate about Restorative Justice and looks to inspire youth and educate other Indigenous folks about the impacts of colonization.

 Jessica Mainville, Youth Intern, Justice

Jessica is from Keeseekowenin Ojibway First Nation. She has a strong interest in cultural and community revitalization. Through engagement and awareness, Jessica aims to be a part of the movement to achieve autonomy within our communities.

Chase McCorrister, Youth Intern, Justice

Chase is a proud member of Peguis First Nation. Chase worked with Inner City Youth for many years as a Youth Representative. Chase is currently working on his degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg. Chase is a Youth Intern at SCO in the Justice department, and hopes to be a powerful role model for Indigenous Youth.

Rannon Wilson, Youth Intern, Finance

Vic Savino, Youth Intern, Economic Development, Communications

Vic Savino was born and raised in Winnipeg, and holds off-reserve Peguis status. Vic is a father, entrepreneur, freelance writer, social advocate, and graduated with honours from Red River College’s business administration program in 2016.

Vic’s career goals are to find solutions to educate and empower our youth. He firmly believes the best way to do this is by stimulating local economies and providing opportunities for youth to flourish in their chosen fields.

 Clement Fontaine, Youth Intern, Justice/GC Office

 Toryan McCorrister, Youth Intern, Health

Toryan McCorrister, comes from humble beginnings from Peguis First Nation Treaty one territory. With an education from Red River College and University of Winnipeg he developed a passion to assist indigenous communities in their process of self-government and determination. Being a youth intern in the health field fuels his drive and passion.

 Letitia Fontaine, Youth Intern, Economic Development

Letitia is from Sagkeeng First Nation, and a proud mother to a three year old daughter. She graduated with honours from Robertson College with a Legal Assistant Diploma in October 2017. Letitia is passionate about the care of our children and her main goal is to become a child protection lawyer. Letitia is the Executive Assistant for the Economic Development team; before coming to SCO she worked as a support worker for Shawenim Abinooji Inc.

 Averee Fontaine, Youth Intern, Child and Family Services
Danielle Davis, Youth Intern, Administration

Danielle is a member of Ebb and Flow First Nation. She is interested in learning more about all the different departments within SCO to gain knowledge for her future.

Raven Thompson, Youth Intern, Administration  Matthew McCorrister, Youth Intern, IRTC
 Darise Peters, Youth Intern, DOTC Health