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Dr. Brenda Restoule

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Brenda M Restoule (Waub Zhe Kwens) is from Dokis First Nation (Ojibwa) and from the Eagle Clan. She is a registered clinical psychologist who received her undergraduate training from The University of Western Ontario and her graduate training from Queen’s University. The bulk of Dr. Restoule’s practice is  […]

Marilyn Kimewon

Executive Assistant

Aanii Boozhoo! Marilyn Kimewon ndizhnikaas.   Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory ndonjibaa.   Mshiikenh ndodem.  Lansing, Michigan (Gchi-mookmaan-Kiing) Giidaadis.   I am the Executive Assistant for the First Peoples Wellness Circle.   I have the knowledge in maintaining the day to day operation of First  […]

Anne Duquette

Program Manager, Mental Wellness Team Supports

Anne has been the Project Coordinator with FPWC since June 2018. Currently her work is primarily focused on FPWC projects that will increase access to comprehensive support services for First Nation Mental Wellness & Crisis Response Teams throughout Canada.  […]

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Brianna Purcell

Program Support Officer, Mental Wellness Team

Brianna became the Program Support Officer in June 2021 after completing a field placement with First People’s Wellness Circle through her Social Service Worker diploma.  Brianna also has a certificate in Indigenous Studies and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work through Laurentian University.  […]


Program Manager, Special Projects

Shpigaabwikwe N’dizhnikaaz, Maiingun N’dodem, Wiikwemkoong N’doonjibaa, Anishinaabekwe N’dow

Maxine is of the Three Fires and grew up in her home territory of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and later became a wife, Mother, and Grandmother. Maxine is a Traditional Dancer and enjoys leather work (mitts, moccasins, and hats) and beadwork. […]


Support Officer, Special Projects

Trisha is a proud Anishnaabe-kwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Family and Child Studies from the University of Guelph in 2016,and a Master of Science in Aging and Health from Queen’s University in 2020.  […]


Principal Researcher

Dr. Emily Kirk is specialist in public health policy and disaster risk reduction. She holds a BA (Hons.) from Dalhousie University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She was also the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award  […]

Keith Martin

Workforce Development Lead

Keith Martin was born in Ontario and happily makes his home with his partner Teri on the traditional territory of Nipissing First Nation. He is dedicated to advancing equity and supporting the journey of mino-bimaadiziwin for individuals, learners, families, and communities.   […]

Claire Scanlan

Operations Manager

Claire has over 30 years experience in the finance and business management fields and brings a wealth of knowledge to the First Peoples Wellness Circle. Claire has relocated to the Nipissing area and enjoys her home on Lake Nipissing. Claire is in the final stages of obtaining her Aboriginal Finance Management Certification (AFMC) and is looking forward to continuing her education.  […]


Director, Strategic Initiatives and Programs

Despina was born and raised on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas, now known as Hamilton. She is of Greek ancestry and is comfortable with the pronoun she/her. Despina is proud of her heritage and is grateful to have been raised in her culture.  […]

Haley Laronde

Senior Communications Lead

Haley Laronde is an experienced Communications professional, a gifted artist, musician, and creative Anishinaabe Kwe from the Temagami and Nipissing First Nations. She maintains strong roots in her home communities and sits on the Communications Committee for Temagami First Nation.  […]

Catherine Graham


Catherine is a settler of Ukrainian and Scottish decent who was born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior in the heart of Robinson-Superior Treaty territory. She has almost two decades of experience working with Indigenous Peoples and has dedicated her career to  […]

Becky Carpenter

Policy Analyst

Throughout her career, Becky has worked in roles focusing on health equity and social impacts. She started her career as a health professional, providing patient care as a chiropractor before working with the government agency, Ontario Health, as a policy analyst. […]

Melissa Dedemus

Support Officer, Workforce Development

Melissa is a dedicated professional who joined the team in October 2022. Her background in housing and development galvanized her passion for strengthening community support services, and she is a strong advocate for advancing social equity goals.  […]

Rachel Robinson

Special Projects Assistant

Rachel Robinson is a Mental Health Professional from Six Nations of the Grand River and is Turtle Clan. Residing in the Niagara Region in Southern Ontario, she is passionate about assisting Indigenous Peoples in enhancing Wholistic Wellbeing and strengthening community wellness. […]