Stephanie was born and raised in the James Bay coastal community of Moose Factory, Ontario. Stephanie is a proud mother to her daughter and a grandmother to her 3-year-old grandson. Motivated and deeply influenced by the traditional teachings of family immersed in traditional Cree values; she has committed her life journey to supporting and strengthening the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of Indigenous Peoples.
Stephanie’s distinguished career includes a Bachelor Administration degree from Lakehead University, working with First Nation’s, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and provincial Ministries (MNR, IAO, MAG), Director Indigenous Youth and Community Wellness Secretariat and is the current Team Lead of the Family Information Liaison Unit at the Indigenous Justice Division at the Ministry of Attorney General. She was a founding board member for the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario, both a team member and later Assistant Chef-de-mission for Team Ontario at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, and believes in the healing power of sport and active living.
Stephanie is the recipient of numerous awards while working at Canada Revenue Agency and Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada, recognizing her professional contributions to the development of policy, frameworks and relationship building. In 2009, she received the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Achievement Award for community involvement. Nominators stated, “Stephanie has given up her own time to provide opportunities for our youth to be engaged in healthy activities – She is well-spoken, outgoing and willing to help others attain their educational and personal goals – Her passion for helping the Indigenous community is evident in her dedication locally and nationally in providing guidance to Indigenous peoples.”