Who We Are

MFCJS is responsible for facilitating, coordinating and supporting the planning, development, implementation, management and monitoring of our local community justice and social programs.  This is accomplished through the guidance of our Board of Directors and dedicated staff members.
 

 Staff 

Lynn LaRose

Misty Marion

Barbara Bowie

Nadzin DeGagne

Manda Tibbs

Trish O'Donnell

Meaghan Hanson





 Board Members

Janice Henry - Chair

Doris Goulet - Northern Region I

Louise Oelke - Western Region IIA

Debbie Thomas - Eastern Region I

Ethel-Lee Colby  - Eastern Region II

Paul Tourond - Eastern Region III

Vacant - Provincial Youth Rep


Senator Norah Cummings - Métis Elder

 
MFCJS STAFF

Name: Lynn LaRose  Position: Executive Director

Lynn LaRose is of Métis ancestry originally from Battleford, Saskatchewan.  She is the mother of (1) daughter and a grandmother of (2) grandchildren.  Lynn has lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan since 1983 and has worked with Métis Family and Community Justice Services of Sask Inc (MFCJS) since 1993.  Lynn has been the CEO and Provincial Justice/Social Development Coordinator of MFCJS since 2003.  She currently represents MFCJS on various committees such as:
  1. Provincial Partnership on Missing Persons Committee
  2. Provincial Partnership on Missing Persons Sub-committee on Public Education and Awareness
  3. Community Action Plan for Children (CAPC) Advisory Committee
  4. MFCJS Justice Steering Committee
  5. MFCJS Social Development Steering Committee
  6. Saskatoon Restorative Justice Initiatives Circle
  7. PRIDE Foster Care Committee
  8. DISC – Disabilities Income Security Coalition


Name: Misty Marion  Position: Court Worker

Misty is a Métis mother of five. Born in BC, she finished high school in Saskatoon. As a Court Worker, Misty divides her time between docket, domestic violence and circuit court, travelling to Rosthern, Blaine Lake and Beardy's.  Her duties include speaking to sentences on minor charges, adjourning matters, appearing for clients who are unable to make their court date or directing clients to duty counsel.   


Name: Paula Anderson  Position: Region II Community Justice Worker

 

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  Name: Nadzin DeGagne Position: Community Justice Worker

Nadzin was born in Saskatoon and raised both there and Debden. After completing her Youth Care Certificate at SIAST, she has worked as a Youth Worker, aboriginal Court Worker and Community Justice Worker.

Nadzin's duties at MFCJS as a Community Justice Worker and Aboriginal Court Worker include offering mediation services and alternative measures.




   Name: Barbara Bowie  Position: Community Developer




MFCJS BOARD



Name: Doris Goulet  Position: Northern Region I Representative
Location: La Ronge

Doris Goulet grew up with 14 siblings in a large Métis family around Chitek Lake.  She is the widowed mother of 4 biological children.  She has been an active caregiver in the lives of her grandchildren and her siblings' children (referring to her as "Nanny").  She works as a Detox Attendant at the La Ronge Health Centre, also is a pastor of Air Pentecostal Church.  An avid Scrabble player, Doris spends much of her time focusing on family and community.  She was one of the founding members of MFCJS.


Name: Louise Oelke  Position: Western Region IIA Representative
Location: 
Saskatoon

Louise has an extensive background working and volunteering with a diverse range of people from many different cultures She values accessibility, inclusiveness, equal opportunity and democratic processes and is committed to the work that she takes on.  She is the Executive Director of CUMFI Shelters, where single mothers and their children reside and work towards a safe, enriched environment for themselves and their children. 

She is also very committed to the Aboriginal community of Saskatchewan.  She is the Chair of the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre, Past President of Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan where she tirelessly spent a lot of her time reviving the Organization and bringing it back to the Aboriginal People of Saskatchewan by implementing guidelines and strategies for a viable, transparent and accountable Organization. She is a past committee member for Urban Aboriginal Strategy and the Aboriginal Health Committee. 

Louise served for one year on the Multicultural Initiatives Fund Committee and in 2007 was elected to a 2 consecutive -two year terms on the Sask. Culture Board of Directors.

Louise is a mother of 5 children and a grandmother of 13 children and a great grandmother of one.  Born and raised in northern Saskatchewan, she is of Métis ancestry and speaks Cree fluently. Her hobbies are reading, scrap-booking and spending time with her grandchildren.


Name: Debbie Thomas  Position: Eastern Region I Representative
Location:  Cumberland House

Debbie Thomas was born and raised with her eight brothers and two sisters in Cumberland House. She is the single mother of two daughters and enjoys the company of her 5 grandchildren and one great-grandson.  A teacher of 32 years, Debbie is currently retired while continuing to substitute teach for Northern Lights School Division as well as the local Band School.

Debbie has had a long history of participating on various boards including Sask Housing for ten years, Waskiganihk Day Care, Northern Lights School Board and Home Care as well as Cumberland House Fundraising Group..


She is always around to lend a helping hand in community events.



Name:
Ethel-Lee Colby  Position: Eastern Region II Representative
Location:
Rose Valley

Ethel is of Métis ancestry, a mother of three adult children (two sons and one daughter), and grandmother of six grandsons. Ethel was born in Rose Valley Saskatchewan and grew up in the surrounding area. The majority of her youth was spent in the town of Tisdale. She comes from a family of seven siblings who were all raised in a traditional Métis home.  She views Métis History and Culture as a very important part of her life along with her children, and grand children.

Ethel’s accomplishments in life include a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma in Business Administration and Life Skills Coach/Facilitation Training. She came to work with Métis Nation Eastern Region II in 1993 as an Instructor for the Gabriel Dumont Institute Grade 12 Preparatory Program. She then worked for 13 years with the Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan, as a Field Educator within Eastern Region II. She is presently employed by Métis Nation Eastern Region II as Director of the Social Initiative Department where she coordinates the Community Action Program For Children (CAPC), and supervises the Family Support Program for Eastern Region II.   

Ethel provided Therapeutic Foster Care to youth from 2001 to 2011 and has recently become an Approved Mental Health Home Operator, where she will provide a home environment to five residents.

Ethel presently represents Métis Nation Eastern Region II on the following committees:
1)    0-3 Task Force
2)    Kids First Management Committee
3)    North East Integrated Services Committee


Name: Paul Tourond  Position: Eastern Region III Representative
Location: Rocanville

Paul Tourond was born in Ste. Marthe, a small hamlet northeast of Rocanville.  After attending Ross McDonald School for the Blind in Brantford Ontario, Mr. Tourond continued on to graduate from the University of Regina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

In 1981, Mr. Tourond began work as a student counsellor at the Kapachee Training Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle.  During that time he was elected President of the Fort Qu’Appelle Métis Local #6..

Mr. Tourond has been appointed to a number of Regional Committees and Boards including:

  • Métis Employment and Training of Saskatchewan Inc. (METSI) from 2000 until it discontinued services in 2006;
  • The Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) (1981-84); and
  • Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) (1981-84), where he remained until he became employed by GDI as a student counsellor.

Mr. Tourond is currently vice president of Rocanville Métis Local #135 and serves on the Lebret Farmland Foundation, The Southern Student Selection Committee for GDI Training & Employment Services Inc (GDITES) as well as MFCJS.

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Name: Senator Norah Cummings 
Position: Métis Elder
Location: Saskatoon

Senator Elder Nora Cummings was born and raised in Saskatoon, married at an early age, raised nine children and presently has 28 grandchildren an d 34 great grandchildren.  She became politically and socially active in the Métis community in the late 1960s, and has been involved at the local, provincial and national levels.

Among her awards and recognitions are the Guy Bouvier Lifetime Achievement Award, Queen's Golden Jubilee Award and the Blue Lantern Award.  In December 1993, Senator Nora Cummings took the Oath of Office as a Senator for the Métis Nation Saskatchewan, where she still remains.

Her current activities include being an elder for 10 group homes where she provides support for young teens and unwed teen mothers whose children have been apprehended by Social Services. She is currently involved with the Aboriginal Kokum and Mushum group in Saskatoon as well as sits on a number of community boards in the city of Saskatoon.  As an elder, she is invited to participate in various smudging ceremonies where she conducts the opening and closing prayers, smudging and traditional circles. 

See here for a more complete biography of Senator Cummings

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