Jolene Mercer, Director of Operations

Wilma Manningway, Assistant to the Director of Operations 

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.

Kathleen Stone, Financial Controller

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!)

Chloe Courchene, Administrative Assistant

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.

Kate Kent, Assistant to the Grand Chief

Brandon Sinclair, Administrative Assistant 

Brandon Sinclair is a member of Little Saskatchewan First Nation. Brandon handles daily reception duties, and provides administrative support for all SCO staff.



Natalie Daniels, Child and Family Services Liaison

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.


Pamela Davis, Assistant to the CFS Liaison

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.


Joni Wilson, Health Research & Engagement

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.

Malcolm Cook, Non-Insured Health Benefits Navigator

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.

Dean Parisian,  Senior Health Policy Analyst


Philip Paul-Martin, Communications Officer

Gabriela Jimenez, Researcher

Gabriela Jimenez is originally from Venezuela and has been living in Canada for the last three years. She holds a B.S degree in Chemical Engineering, with focus on water treatment; and a Master’s degree in Development Practice from University of Winnipeg, with focus on Indigenous Development. Gabriela has hands-on experience in engineering projects, as well as in programs for Indigenous Development in Manitoba. Currently she is the Researcher at Southern Chiefs’ Organization working on the Indigenous Economic Contributions to Manitoba Research Project, for the SCO member First Nations.

Nick Courchene, Economic Development Officer

Nicole Everett, Violence Prevention & Safety Coordinator

Joanna White, Healing Circles Coordinator

Chantell Barker, Community Justice Development Coordinator

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.

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.

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.




Eric Kristjanssen, Community Justice Worker, Long Plain