Meet the Team

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Sarah Herr


Sarah is Turtle Clan and Lenape from Eelŭnaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation) in southwestern Ontario. She enjoys training and facilitating that builds the capacity of our people and to hear the stories that keep us grounded.  Sarah is a Day School Survivor who was raised by her mother and Grandmother, a residential school survivor, and her Great-Grandmother, who spoke only their original language.

Sarah is an Elected member of Council for her community, Treasurer and board member for the Southern First Nations Secretariat, and Board Member for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Lambton Kent chapter.  Sarah’s past experience includes Senior Development Officer with Service Canada negotiating contracts with Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program (ISETS) and the Homeless Partnering Secretariat. She has also worked in Indigenous Employment & Training and Economic Development for her community and tribal council as well as the municipality of Chatham-Kent.

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Donna Dick

Operations Manager

Donna was born and raised in the Chatham-Kent area of southwestern Ontario and still calls Chatham home. With a bachelor's degree in business administration, she brings many years of leadership experience to the company and takes care of the behind-the-scenes action of the business. While occasionally jumping in to do research or write reports for projects, she is most often taking care of administrative jobs and providing support to the rest of team. In order to support the team and clients, Donna has completed training in digital marketing, bookkeeping, and Reconciliation Education. She also completed the Indigenous Canada course offered through the University of Alberta.

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Rhonda KirknessB.A., RPT, CAPA

Policy Development Manager

Rhonda Kirkness is a proud member of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. In 2020 she completed the Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) program receiving the (CAPA) designation from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA), in 2014 completed the Human Resource Management Diploma Program/Management Certificate at the University of Winnipeg. She attained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies in 2005.

She is the former Director of Human Resources for the Southeast Resource Development Council Corporation (SERDC) and was an Executive Assistant for Fisher River Cree Nation assisting the Chief & Council for nearly 10 years in a variety of capacities.

From 2015-2021 she was a member of the Indigenous Learning Centre’s scholarship committee formerly the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada and for over 10 years has been a Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) Certified Facilitator with the Institute of Professional Management based in Ottawa.

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Xavier Hopkins

Youth Engagement Facilitator

Xavier is a member of Elünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation) in southwestern, Ontario. He graduated Chatham-Kent Secondary School and was the first Indigenous person in the school district to graduate with a french bilingual certification. He has been working hard and has completed several training programs through ILDI (Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.) and is a member of EIYGL (Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership). He is currently working towards certification in engagement and facilitation. Xavier is eager to share the much-needed perspective of today’s youth.

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