Doreen, a member of the Tobique First Nation, joins the NGAI team with a lifetime of experience working with Aboriginal communities. She has worked at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, including as Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and as an Aboriginal Affairs Officer with Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
She is recognized by her peers for strong skills in policy development, government, strategic planning and program management. As a result of her experience in government, she has a unique understanding of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. She has dedicated her career to creating positive relationships between all levels of government and Aboriginals across the country. She is a skilled facilitator and an effective negotiator and mediator.
For the past 20 years she has worked as an Aboriginal consultant, providing services to a number of organizations in various capacities. She worked as the Research Coordinator for the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs. In addition, she has acted as a Community Health Coordinator for the MAWIW Council of First Nations. She has provided her expertise as Executive Advisor to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, among many others.
Doreen holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and is currently completing a Masters of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Her successful career can be attributed to her solutions-oriented approach and she is known for being an agent of change.
She has devoted much of her life to serving the community in a volunteer capacity, including her current role with the Social Policy Network of New Brunswick. Some of her previous involvement includes the Fredericton Military Compound Board, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and the Board of Governors for St. Thomas University.