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 – Gary Page
Gary has been involved in Education and IT for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education. Gary has taught in the Provincial school system and in the private sector. Gary has attained many IT related certificates including Business Analysis and Project Management. Gary was previously a team lead in the MFNERC Data Management program.
Curriculum Developer/Instructor – Ron Hallock
Ron Hallock has a Master of Science and education certificate from the University of Manitoba and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Winnipeg. Prior to joining Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate, he worked for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre as a Science specialist. Prior experience includes 36 years with the River East Transcona School Division as a science and math teacher, administrator in the Continuing Education Department and RETSD Summer School principal. He has worked for the Province of Manitoba Education Department as a Science Assessment writer and has been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Provincial Science Assessment. He has also served as writer on the Manitoba Team for Council of Ministers Education Science. Ron is a life member of the Science Teacher Association of Manitoba and a Science Teacher of the Year award recipient.
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.
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 high school girlfriend Candace for 8 years and we have 2 beautiful children, Liam is 10 years old and Brenlee is 8. I am a Peguis First Nations Band member. I was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Peguis when I was 8 years old. I graduated from Peguis Central School in 1999. After graduation, I played hockey in the MJHL for 2 years with the South East Blades and Winkler Flyers. I then attended University of Manitoba where I also played with the Bison’s Men’s hockey team. I graduated from 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 9 years senior high social studies: grade 10 geography, grade 11 history, grade 12 global issues. I also coached my son’s initiation and novice hockey teams in Peguis. In addition, I am the owner of a small business called Niibin Windshield Repair.
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.
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 – Don Monkman
Don Monkman is a graphic designer and artist with many years of experience in branding and commercial design.
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 – Mitchell Boulette
Mitchell Boulette is First Nations and a band member of Black River. He has worked as a Technical Housing Advisor, estimator, AutoCAD drafter and Junior Researcher with his First Nation. Mitchell has worked with many First Nations in Manitoba in relation to housing. He has completed his fourth year in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Through his schooling and work experience, Mitchell has adopted many technical skills.