Deanna is a dedicated individual whose life experiences and entrepreneurial spirit have shaped her into a strong advocate for Indigenous communities and cultural preservation. As a first-generation residential school survivor and Indian Day School attendee for nine years, she has overcome significant challenges and is committed to healing, resilience, and empowering others.
Deanna's journey began with her education at Algoma University, where she pursued a four-year honours undergraduate degree in Community Economic and Social Development. During her time at Algoma University, she also immersed herself in the Anishinaabemowin program, developing a strong connection to her Indigenous roots and language.
With over 30 years of experience working closely with Indigenous communities, Deanna has gained valuable insights into their unique challenges and strengths. She has actively contributed to community economic and social development, governance and policy development, and facilitated numerous community research projects. Her extensive experience in education, crisis intervention, and cultural learning experiences has allowed her to make a lasting impact on the lives of many.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Deanna is a proud mother of five children. As a parent, she understands the importance of preserving Indigenous culture and passing on traditions to future generations. Her dedication to cultural revitalization extends beyond her professional endeavors and shapes her personal life as well.
Deanna's entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish two successful businesses: Full Circle Facilitation and Wellness. Through these ventures, she provides services and support to individuals and communities, focusing on holistic wellness, healing, and personal growth. Her commitment to fostering positive change and creating safe spaces for healing is evident in her approach to her work.
Recently, Deanna embarked on a new venture, launching a podcast that features Indigenous stories on various topics. This podcast serves as a platform for sharing the rich and diverse perspectives of Indigenous voices, amplifying their stories and promoting understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture.
Throughout her journey, Deanna has embodied the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, and Indigenization. She actively participates in community involvement, volunteer work, and organizing events that promote inclusivity and support Indigenous individuals and communities. Her work is guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and she remains steadfast in her commitment to positive change and the well-being of Indigenous peoples.
Deanna's personal experiences, entrepreneurial endeavors, and passion for cultural preservation have positioned her as a respected advocate and community leader. Through her dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment, she continues to make a profound impact on the lives of those she encounters, empowering others and creating a brighter future for Indigenous communities.
In the spirit of friendship, miigwech (thank you) for joining me on this amazing journey!