Staff


 

Jolene Mercer, Director of Operations

jolene.mercer@scoinc.mb.ca

Wilma Manningway, Assistant to the Director of Operations

wilma.manningway@scoinc.mb.ca 

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

juliet.cadiz@scoinc.mb.ca

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

natalie.daniels@scoinc.mb.ca

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

chloe.courchene@scoinc.mb.ca

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

kathleen.stone@scoinc.mb.ca

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!)

Tammy Sinclair, CFS Assistant

tammy.sinclair@scoinc.mb.ca

Tammy D. Sinclair is an Ojibwe Ikwe from Lake St. Martin First Nation.

Ms. Sinclair is a CFS Administrative Assistant who works along side Natalie Daniels, CFS Advocate Liaison. They aim to provide advocacy to ensure the voices of children and youth involved with the child welfare system are heard. As an independent office, they aim to advocate for systemic change for the benefit of children and youth under The Child and Family Services Act and The Adoption Act.

Tammy provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.

Joni Wilson, Health Portfolio

joni.wilson@scoinc.mb.ca

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

pamela.davis@scoinc.mb.ca

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.

 

 

Chantell Barker, Community Justice Development Coordinator

chantell.barker@scoinc.mb.ca

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.makwebak@scoinc.mb.ca 

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@scoinc.mb.ca

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@scoinc.mb.ca

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@scoinc.mb.ca

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@scoinc.mb.ca

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.