Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of the following individuals:
Nicole Richmond is the President of the board, an Anishnabe lawyer, wellness consultant and jingle dress dancer from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. She practices in the area of will and estates, Anishnaabe law, administrative law and preventative law, and supports clients in creating holistic policies and procedures that are grounded in emotional intelligence, restorative practices and Anishnabe values. Nicole is the incoming President of the Mazinnajim Children’s Foundation for 2021. She is dedicated to supporting young people in achieving their highest potential and role modelling a healthy lifestyle.
Kelly Fortier is the Vice President of the board, a Registered Practical Nurse who works as the Community Health Representative for her community of Ginoogaming First Nation where she is also a Band Councillor. She is married with three children and became a Granny for the first time this October 2020. Kelly also sits on the Board for Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and represents them as a Board Member for Mazinaajim.
Tana-Leigh Harty is the Corporate Relations & Communications Advisor for Ontario Power Generation, Northwest Operations. Tana-Leigh is excited to be part of an organization that contributes to the health, happiness and wellbeing of Anishinabek children. Her involvement with Mazinaajim Board of Directors is rooted from years of working with Indigenous communities in northern Ontario. Learning from the Elders, understanding Canada’s history and embracing their respect for the land has empowered her to share Indigenous knowledge and teachings with the next generation of leaders.
Yolanda Wanakamik is a member of Whitesand First Nation, located in the traditional territory of the Robinson Superior Treaty and is deeply passionate about education, health and wellbeing, family and community. Yolanda recently completed a Master of Education at Lakehead University and some day hopes to complete a PhD in the area of Indigenous wellbeing and success in postsecondary spaces. She is currently employed at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as the Director of Indigenous Affairs.
Terry Bortolin is the Director of Finance and Corporate Services with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.
Kristian is the Youth Board Member for Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation. She is a member of Pays Plat First Nation and currently pursuing her educational goals. Kristian joined the Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation because she believes every Anishinabek youth has full potential to be successful in their dreams.