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Portrait of Brenda Restoulle

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 […]
Portrait of Marilyn Kimewon

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 […]

Portrait of Anne Duquette

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. […]

Lisa Wabange

Knowledge Exchange Facilitator

Lisa is Ojibwe, and is Eagle Clan and is from the (Treaty #3 area) and a member of Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation. Also known as Eagle Lake, Ontario, where she raised and is still connected to the land and her relations which helps guide her to this day in her role as a helper. She is a registered […]

Brianna Purcell

Program Support Officer, Mental Wellness Team Supports

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

I am excited to be starting this new work adventure with The First Peoples Wellness Circle. I have been working in Mental Health for about 27 years in different capacities here at home as well as in the city of North Bay and most recently with the Wikwemikong Board of Education as the Mino Bimaadiziwin Project. […]


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 Scanlan became the Operations Manager in May 2022. Prior to joining the First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC), Claire was the Finance Manager at the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body. Claire has over 30 years in the accounting/ business management field and has been working with Indigenous organizations for the last 20 years. […]


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 supporting communities to achieve their self-determined visions for wellness. […]

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. […]

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Jordyn Gattie

Summer Student

Jordyn is a fourth year student in the Neuroscience program at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She is interested in social determinants of health and the human aspect of neuroscience. She is working with the FPWC as a summer student and has assisted in the preliminary development of a social media strategy.