Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate – Principal – Allison McDonald
Allison McDonald belongs to the Peguis First Nation band and has a Bachelor of Science (4 Year Major) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the WVC school team in 2009, she worked for the Peguis Education Authority for 13 years in various roles including: Grade 6 classroom teacher, Senior High Math and Science teacher, post-secondary sub-office, vice-principal and principal of Peguis Central School. Allison also worked for the Louis Riel School Division as a multi-grade teacher.
Academic Coordinator –
Guidance Counselor / Liaison – Darlene Ross
Darlene is from Dauphin River First Nation and has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg; Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg; Legal Assistant Certificate from Robertson College; and Certificate in Counselling from the University of Manitoba. Her previous experiences include: Home and School Coordinator/Educaiton Counselor, Lake St. Martin 1985-89; Training and Employment Coordinator, Dauphin River 1996-99; Teaching Practicum, Robertson school & Niakwa Place school 2008-10; Teacher, Chief Sam Cook Mahmuwee Education Centre, Split Lake 2010-11; Instructor/Teacher, Yellowquill College 2011-13; Ojibway/Computer Teacher, Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School, Fort Alexander 2013-14; and Contractor, Island Lake First Nation Family Services 2014-16.
Course Reviewer – Bruce Lyons
Bruce Lyons joins MFNERC in a new position as Course Reviewer for the Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate. Bruce comes to MFNERC with nearly 40 years of experience in the public school system as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. Bruce also spent five years with Manitoba Education and Training as an Education Consultant, providing leadership in projects dealing with assessment and student achievement for the province of Manitoba. Bruce holds Bachelor’s degrees in General Studies, Education (4-year), Education (5-year), and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, all from Brandon University. Bruce is excited about the opportunity to join the MFNERC team and engage in the very important work taking place on behalf of children.
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – Peter Petkau
Peter has a Certificate in Education, UM in 1974; Bachelor of Theology, CMU in 1978; Bachelor of Education, UM in 1981; Computer Technician, WTC in 1997; Post Baccalaureate in Education from the UM in 2005. He has 13 years as Computer Instructor with Charles Sinclair High School, Fisher River; 2 years Computer Instructor with Poplar River School; 10 years teaching in various communities in southern Manitoba and Adult Computer Instructor for Community Nites in Fisher River.
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – William (Billy) Flett
My name is William Lee Flett, but everyone knows me as Bill or Billy. I am married to my wife Candace for 11 years, and we have two beautiful children, Liam is 12 years old, and Brenlee is 10. I am a Peguis First Nations Band member. I was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to Peguis when I was eight years old. I graduated from Peguis Central School in 1999. After graduation, I attended the University of Manitoba, where I also played with the Bison’s Men’s hockey team. I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a Bachelor of Education Degree, senior years stream, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, major in Geography and minor in Native Studies and Psychology. I then returned home to Peguis, where I taught nine years senior high social studies: grade 10 geography, grade 11 history, grade 12 global issues. In 2018, we decided to move back to Winnipeg so that our children will have more opportunities for a brighter future. I am now into my fourth year teaching at Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate, where I have the opportunity to learn and experience online learning and course development. I look forward to continuing my career with Wapaskwa and the MFNERC.
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – Annie Boulanger
Annie was born and raised in Berens River, Manitoba. She obtained a B.Ed. degree and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education from University of Manitoba. After graduating, she began teaching at Children of the Earth High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Subject areas: Gr.9-12 Ojibwe, Gr.10 History, Gr.10 Art and Language Arts (team teaching). She also taught at Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1999-2017) in the Aboriginal Language Specialist Diploma Program, Self-Government Administration Diploma Program – History, Intro to Canadian Law, Ethics and Seminar on Traditional Teachings; Biindigen Upgrading Program, now APCET- Communications, Aboriginal History, and Community Economic Development Diploma Program (CD\CED)- Aboriginal History & Culture and Political Context in CD.
Boozhoo, aaniin, gikinoo’omaaganag (greetings, students)
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – Alice Swampy
Alice is from Sagkeeng First Nation; she has a Bachelor of Education Degree from UM and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UM in 2011. Alice has previous experience as Student Teacher with Cecil Rhodes School in 2012-13 and a Support Respite Worker with Sagkeeng CFS from 2009. She had previously worked as Student Teacher, Sturgeon Heights Collegiate 11-12; Support Worker, Southeast CFS 08-10; Sub. Teacher, Sagkeeng School 06-10; Youth Coordinator Assistant, Support Worker, and Sport Camp Coord., Sagkeeng Employment 07; Day Care Worker, Sagkeeng 05; and Teacher Assistant, Anicinabe School 05.
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – Vibhu Vashisht
Vibhu has been with WVC since 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from UM in 2009, a Bachelor of Education Degree from UM in 2011, and a Masters of Educational Technology from UBC in 2017. His practicum experience was with Shaftesbury High School for Grade 10/11 Science and Kelvin High for Grade 12 Science. His work experience includes CSI instructor at John M. King School in 2010; and Assistant Language Teacher, Bandai Jr. High School, Fukushima, Japan (Exchange & Teaching Program) 2011-2013.
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – Mona Asham
Mona began with WVC in 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from UM in 2001. Her work experience includes being a multidisciplinary teacher at Dauphin River School in 2001-02, a high school teacher at Pinaymootang School from 2002-14 and a high school ELA and Social Studies teacher at Peguis Central School from 2014-2019.
Course Developer/Instructor – Michelle Jonson
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. She has taught grades 7 – 12 in the Prairie Rose, Louis Riel and River East school divisions for 15 years. She has taught all subjects but with a main focus on high school math and science.
Course Developer/Instructor – Ida Bear
Ida is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education and Arts. She worked with U of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg as a Lecturer 2 and as a sessional instructor; She taught in the public school system with Lord Selkirk School Division. Her background is in Bilingual Education, Algonquian Linguistics, Community Development, Language Planning, Land-based Education and Oral History. She is also a story teller.
Course Developer/Instructor – Dave Winters
Dave has been an educator for 15 years now. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, and a PhD in the area of Logic and Foundations of Mathematics. Dave has taught nearly all grade levels, from early years classes to post-secondary courses; from children to adults seeking a high school equivalency certificate. Dave’s first job was teaching grade 1 and 2 students in a split class at Skownan School in Skownan, Manitoba. Previous to coming to MFNERC, Dave taught social studies and physical education at Gilbert Plains Collegiate in Gilbert Plains Manitoba.
Course Developer/Instructor – Anna McGillivary
Tansi, my name is Anna McGillivary from Opaskwayak Cree Nation from The Pas, Manitoba. I have 4 children all grown up now and I have 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Some are living in the city and some are living in Brandon. I obtained both of my degrees from Brandon University – Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Education 2yrs A.D. Currently I am taking Masters of Education specializing in Curriculum Teaching and Learning 2nd Languages from University of Manitoba. My experiencing working as a teacher starts from Fox Lake Cree Nation where I taught N-K for one year. Then I got hired at Opaskwayak Cree Nation-The Pas, Manitoba where I taught Grade 2 & 4 Cree Immersion for three years at Joe A. Ross School. I proceeded to move on to Tataskwayak Cree Nation-Split Lake, Manitoba to teach Middle Years (Grade 5&6) for 2 years and High School – Computer Teacher for one year. Lastly at Mystery Lake School Division Grade 9-11-Cree Language and Native Studies. I am now working Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre working as Course/Developer Instructor.
Course Developer/Instructor – Erin Gauthier
Erin was born and raised in Winnipeg. She attended the University of Winnipeg for her Bachelor of Arts and Education before beginning her teaching career. Since becoming a teacher, Erin has taught young children, teens and adults; there isn’t a grade, subject or topic she hasn’t taught. When Erin isn’t at work, she enjoys making soaps and lotions, cross stitching (mostly owls), and binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy or Marvel movies when she is supposed to be doing more important things.
Course Developer/Instructor – Catherine Constant
Tansi, my name is Catherine Constant, and I am from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB. I recently relocated to Winnipeg, MB, with my two daughters Ellen Peyton and Sofia Madison. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Education Degree at the University College of the North in 2019. After graduation, I went to Alberta for half a semester, then went back to my hometown to teach until I came to Winnipeg. I love sports, especially baseball.
Multimedia Designer – Marty McLean
Marty is from Pinaymootang First Nation; he has completed the University Entrance Courses at the UW Collegiate in 1996; one year of the Bachelor of Arts program at UM from 97-98; and the Aboriginal Broadcast Training Institute program with MICEC in 98-99. Marty’s previous work experiences include: Online TV and Film Editor, HD Pictures 99; Senior Graphic Designer, APTN 99-12; and most recently freelance work.
Content Manager –
Administrative Assistant – Shirley Monkman
Shirley is WVC’s Administrative Assistant and has been working with MFNERC for 15 years. She’s from a small community called Patricia Beach and she has 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
Her work history has many years of experience as a Customer Service Representative, General Office Manager, Pharmacy Technician, and Cashier.
Technical Clerk / Information Worker – Matthew McCorrister
Matthew McCorrister is originally from Peguis First Nation. He attended Red River College and received a Community Development/Community Economic Development Diploma. Prior to joining Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate, he worked for many Indigenous organizations including Dakota Ojibway Health Services (DOHS), Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC), and Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO). His previous work experiences includes Logistics Administrative Assistant, DOHS (2018-19); Educational Assistant, Peguis Central School (2015-16); and Energy Efficiency Upgrade Coordinator Assistant, North End Community Renewal Corp. (2015).