People

Alumni

Careers Held by MWC/UNB Alumni

  • Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick
  • Attorney General of New Brunswick
  • Nurses in various First Nations communities
  • Teachers in various First Nations schools and provincial schools
  • Account Manager for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in Fredericton
  • Education Director in various First Nations communities
  • Aboriginal Consultant for the Department of Education
  • Economic Development Officers

 

Profiles

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Anita (Ward) Boyle
First Nation: Metepenagiag
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
Major(s) / minor(s): Sociology
Graduation year(s): 2000
What I have done since graduating:
  • Worked in economic development and adult human resource development for Metepenagiag First Nation
  • Obtained Human Resource Management Certificate from UNB/NBCC
  • Obtained Economic Development Certificate from CANDO
  • Won AAEDO and Band Enterprise of the year in 2006
How MMI was an asset to me: MMI was “a soft landing spot and place to see other First Nations students; I could relax there and get tutoring. MMI was a friendly resource. I would encourage other Aboriginal students to seek it out.”
My advice for future students: "Work hard—university is tough. Those who succeed have the greatest perseverance. Don't get caught up in the social scene, that will take away from success."


David Clark
First Nation: Tobique
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Physical Education / Bachelor of Education
Major(s) / minor(s): Psychology / Sport Science
Graduation year(s): 1999 / 2001
What I have done since graduating:
  • Worked with federal government, delivering Aboriginal Business Services Network (ABSN) program
  • Now working as project manager for JEDI (Joint Economic Development Initiative)
My advice for future students: "Don't be afraid to ask for help or lean on friends / family / MMI for support."


Hazel Francis
First Nation: Eel Ground Bar
Degree(s)  obtained: Bachelor of Education
Major(s)  / minor(s) : Elementary Education
Graduation year(s) : 1984
What I have done since graduating:
  • Taught in School District 16 for 10 years
  • Work as Post-secondary Education Director for the North Shore Mi’kmaq District Council, for the past fifteen years
How MMI was an asset to me: Through MMI “I realized my dream of becoming an educator.”
My advice for future students: "Set your goals and stay focused! Leave a better tomorrow for your children."


Candice Garling
First Nation: St. Mary's
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Education
Major(s) / minor(s): Elementary/Special Education and English
Graduation year(s): 1997
What I have done since graduating:
  • Work as a Middle School Special Education teacher
  • Moved to Virginia Beach
  • Teaching English to special needs students in grade 8
How MMI was an asset to me:

The MMI staff "was always supportive and eager to help in any way possible."

  • Exceptional Teachers
  • Interacted with and learned from many people
My advice for future students: "Just always do your best. If it gets hard, try harder! Set a goal and stick to it. It will be worth it!


John D. Googoo
First Nation: Eskasoni
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Education
Major(s) / minor(s): Secondary History / Sociology
Graduation year(s): 1994
What I have done since graduating:
  • Worked as a teacher and vice-principal and principal at Unama'ki High School
  • Principal of Eskasoni High School
How MMI was an asset to me: “Being away from home, MMI was very supportive and the staff and students were very helpful in helping me complete my BEd."
My advice for future students: "Follow through on your goals and be proud of who you are and the career you choose."


Sheldon Googoo
First Nation: Membertou
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Education
Major(s) / minor(s): Secondary Arts
Graduation year(s): -
What I have done since graduating:
  • Completed Masters of Education at St. Francis Xavier University
  • Board member for YMCA of Cape Breton
  • Mi'kmaq Consultant for the Cape Breton Regional School Board
How MMI was an asset to me: "I really enjoyed my MMI experience. The staff was excellent and very supportive in educational and personal matters."
My advice for future students:
". . . choose UNB because it allows you to be all you can be."


Marie S. Kryszko
First Nation: Pabineau
Degree(s) obtained: BA / BEd
Major(s) / Minor(s): Linguistics
Graduation year(s): 2005
What I have done since graduating:
  • Moved back home to my roots, grounded myself
  • Working full-time in Pabineau as the Alcohol & Drug AssociateAddictions Counselor
  • Volunteer Aboriginal coach in training-Level 2 - New Brunswick Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Authority
  • Trained facilitator -Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women & Sport (CAAWS) Mother Earth's Journey Day
  • Received Community Star Awardin November 2009
How MMI was an asset to me: "I felt comfortable in the environment, being able to communicate and network with other Aboriginal Students—make ya feel like you're not alone.  More importantly, the Professors were there for me, to assist in every way possible in every situation imaginable."
My advice for future students: "Take advantage of MMI services.  It is way more manageable to get through University."

Krista Paul
First Nation: St. Mary's
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Arts
Major(s) / minor(s): Anthropology
Graduation year(s): 2006
What I have done since graduating:
  • Relations Development Officer with the Province of New Brunswick, Department of Aboriginal Affairs
What I am doing now: -
How MMI was an asset to me: “MMI was an asset to me in many ways: support, caring people, helpful advice, extended family. If it wasn't for MMI, I may not have had the chance to make the long lasting friendships I have over the years at UNB."
My advice for future students: "Get to know the MMI crew! They are a great support and family while you're away from yours."


Laurie Paul
First Nation: Tobique
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Arts
Major(s) / minor(s): Sociology
Graduation year(s): 2006
What I have done since graduating:
  • Completed a degree in social work
How MMI was an asset to me: “MMI has employees that are helpful in discovering one's abilities and strengths, and they are very considerate and adaptive to Aboriginals."
My advice for future students: "Believe in yourself. Never give up on pursuing your dreams—no matter how hard it seems at times."


Jennifer Perley
First Nation: Tobique
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Arts
Major(s) / minor(s): English
Graduation year(s): 2000
What I have done since graduating:
  • Completed UNB's Information Technology Professional Program (ITP).
  • Teaching a Head Start development program
How MMI was an asset to me: "Always a place to go for guidance, direction, and help with anything"
My advice for future students: "Take advantage of what MMI has to offer you. Get familiar with it—it can only benefit you in the end."


Tanna Pirie-Wilson
First Nation: Tobique
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Arts
Major(s) / minor(s): Sociology
Graduation year(s): 2006
What I have done since graduating:
  • Worked for Service Canada
  • Now work in Perth-Andover and volunteer as a UNB outreach coordinator
How MMI was an asset to me: “I honestly feel if it wasn’t for MMI’s support and encouragement I wouldn’t have finished [my degree] at UNB.”
My advice for future students: "Don't ever be afraid to ask for help."


Starlit Simon
First Nation: Elsipogtog
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Arts
Major(s)  / minor(s) : Sociology
Graduation year(s): 2006
What I have done since graduating:
  • Worked with the Fredericton Native Friendship Centre (FNFC)
  • Took a Special Effects Makeup course in Vancouver
  • Traveled across Canada to Europe
  • Taking time to discover life's calling
How MMI was an asset to me: “I honestly don't think my time in University would have been as fulfilling had it not been for MMI. The networking I was able to do there with other students and staff. During my most stressful moment, it was at MMI I would get answers and feel at ease again. I loved it there!”
My advice for future students: "Rely on the staff. Don't be afraid to talk to them. Get sociable in the lounge with other Aboriginals. It was through meeting others that had taken certain courses before or were in the same faculty as I that allowed me to ease through university. Be friendly and open to knowledge."


Doreen Stevens
First Nation: Eskasoni
Degree(s) obtained: Bachelor of Education
Major(s) / minor(s): Secondary Education / English
Graduation year(s): -
What I have done since graduating:
  • Worked for Eskasoni School Board, for eight years, as a guidance counselor
  • Taught English at the Eskasoni High School for one year
  • Began a Masters of Arts in Psychology at Saint Vincent University
  • Working as a guidance counselor for the Eskasoni School Board.
How MMI was an asset to me: “It provided the support and guidance to successfully complete the program. The cultural components of the program helped develop my cultural identity.”
My advice for future students: "Utilize the services offered. The help and support can make a huge difference in reaching your goals."


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