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Betty Lee-Lawrence is a Funding Service Officer with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Previously, Ms. Lee-Lawrence was employed with Health Canada where she worked in various departments. She is involved in her local community in Girls Minor Hockey and in Silent Auctions for the Canadian Cancer Society. Ms. Lee-Lawrence's past contributions include the Sioux Gymnastics Club, Sioux Lookout Figure Skating Club and First Step Women's Shelter Board of Directors

Alice Sasines is a Community Planner for Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek. She is a former Band Administrator with Lake Nipigon Ojibway First Nation. Ms. Sasines community work involves various committees within Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek including the policy, health and the land celebration committee.

Angela Bishop was employed at the Dryden Regional Health Centre for 23 years. She worked as a Physiotherapist, a Director of Rehabilitation Services and eventually as Vice-President of Service Quality and Clinical Support Services. Ms. Bishop volunteered with the Dryden Entertainment Series from 1990 to 2011 and chaired the community fundraising campaign to build the Dryden Performing Arts Centre. She was an active member of the Dryden Rotary Club and a long-time member of the music ministry at St. Joseph's Church. She was elected to the Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario for two consecutive three year terms and was a recipient of the Influential Women of Northern Ontario award for the public sector in 2009. Ms. Bishop is currently Director of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital. She is also Founder and Chair of the Red Lake Wilderness Entertainment Series.

Lesley Bell retired as CEO of the Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery. Prior to Belleville, she was a senior manager at the Toronto Public Library and coordinated literary and cultural programming at the Toronto Reference Library. She is an active community volunteer and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and TVO's Regional Councillors Advisory Board. Ms. Bell has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto.

Roopa Rakshit has been involved with various environmental research, technical reportng, project management, communication, information and knowledge management and outreach activities with various academic and developmental organizations including Lakehead University and Confederation College. She is a former Knowledge Management Officer with AIT-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Rakshit holds a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and Conservation from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay.

Suzanne Sterling is a Partner with Culture and Adaptive Leadership Canada. She is an online Instructor with Florida Institute of Technology's Cross-Cultural Management Program. She is also the Owner/Sole Proprietor of Cultural Overtones - a consultancy specializing in cultural competency. Her community involvement has included the Pathways to Reconciliation Conference, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Canada. Ms. Sterling holds a Bachelor of Recreation Studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Change from Hawaii Pacific University.

Kathleen Anne Sawdo is an Employee Relations Manager for The Salvation Army, Ontario Great Lakes Division. Her community involvement includes participation in a number of community and advisory boards, including the Aboriginal Women's Professional Association, the Ministry of Children and Youth Family Services Community of Practice Steering Committee, and assisting with volunteer coordination for National Aboriginal Day events in Thunder Bay. Ms. Sawdo holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Grant MacEwan University and is a member of the HRPA, CAHRMA, and NNAHRA.

Elaine Lynch started her career working for print media and the regional CBC radio. Her career with the Ontario Public Service began in 1991 in Community Relations and Volunteer Coordination with a Schedule 3 facility for people with developmental disabilities. From 1994 she worked on program delivery and eventually became the regional manager, Northern Region for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (now Sport) and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, including Ontario Women's Directorate and the Ontario Senior's Secretariat. She served on the Board of the United Way of Thunder Bay, Chairing the provincial employee's campaign for several years and later chaired an allocations committee determining funding for agencies. She has served on and chaired the Special Avid Nordic Skier, Cyclist and Volunteer. She is a graduate of York University and Lakehead University and a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay.

Becky Holden is an Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy Policy Analyst with Grand Council Treaty #3. She is also a former Health Promoter and Health Educator with the Northwestern Health Unit and a former Director of Sports and Recreation with Rainy River First Nations. Ms. Holden's community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for the Kenora Sexual Assault Centre Crisis Line, the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity and Energetic Adults Getting Exercise Regular. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Master's degree in Public Health from Lakehead University.

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