Board of Directors

We are currently seeking Directors for our Board!

If you want to help make a difference in our community, and serve on our Board please contact
our Executive Director, Marilyn Junnila at mjunnila@shkoday.com or 768-2342

Paul Francis
Paul Francis
President

Paul is of Anishinaabe and European ancestry, with roots in Manitoulin Island. Paul is a member of Wikwemikong Unceded Territory, which is part of the Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi tribes.  Paul was born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON and belongs to the Bear Clan. Paul currently works at St. Joseph’s Care Group as its first Director of Indigenous Relations and recently starting a private practice, Shkode Mkwa Counselling. Paul is a graduate of Leadership Thunder Bay class of 2011 and also served on the board of directors, and was instrumental in visioning and developing the Di-No Wi-GEHMIN Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program.

Bryanna Scott
Bryanna Scott
Treasurer

Bryanna Scott-Kay is a Metis woman born and raised in Fort Frances, ON.  Bryanna moved to Thunder Bay several years ago to pursue post-secondary studies and now has a BA in Sociology, an Honours Degree in Social Work and a Master's Degree in Public Health.  Bryanna is currently employed at Lakehead University in the Faculty of Education as the Indigenous Education Programs Coordinator, where she is also a Ph.D. candidate. Bryanna has a twelve-year-old daughter, Lily; a Red Rock Band Member.

Shelby Gagnon
Shelby Gagnon
Director

Shelby Gagnon is an Anishinaabe artist and member of Aroland First Nation, who grew up in Thunder Bay. Shelby is a graduate of Lakehead University in the Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts program where she explored the culture and traditions of being an Indigenous woman in Canada. Through involvement with community-engaged arts organizations and projects, she uses multi-disciplinary mediums to express and share her holistic feelings. Currently, she is working with Canadian Roots Exchange as a community animator and Thunder Bay District health unit and university working to build food sovereignty in northwestern Ontario.

Megan Clark
Megan Clark
Director

Megan Clark is a recent HBSc Psychology graduate from Lakehead University. She completed a honours thesis and is well versed in research. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and holds status with the Manitoba Métis Federation. She moved to Thunder Bay ten years ago to help her ailing grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. This experience inspired her to pursue psychiatry, and she has recently applied to medical school and physician’s assistant programs. Megan is also a pharmacy assistant, member of the Canadian Ski Patrol, and standardized patient, committed to the health and well-being of this community.

Annette Klement
Annette Klement
Director

Annette is of Anishinaabe, Hungarian and French ancestry. Her ancestral lands are Pawgwasheeng Pays Plat First Nation, a small First Nation community in the bundaries of the Robinson Superior Treaty. Annette was born and raised in Thunder Bay. Annette is on a journey to live a more cultural and traditional life with her husband and two daughters. Through self discovery of her Anishinaabe traditions, she continues to explore and understand her ancestral ways.

Frances Wesley
Frances Wesley
Vice-President

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson
Secretary