Kwayaciiwin hires new Executive Director

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Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre is pleased to officially announce the hiring of Jeannie Beardy as Executive Director.

Jeannie, whose maiden name is Cutfeet, brings many years of experience working for her home community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. She is an educator, mother, grandmother, and a fluent speaker in English and Oji-Cree. She has served as Curriculum Developer for Native Language for her community and has worked on numerous grassroots projects related to social issues that incorporated Elder women’s knowledge and wisdom.

As Executive Director, Jeannie wants to ensure Kwayaciiwin is a relevant and effective organization for the people it serves. “Most of all, I want to continue to see Kwayaciiwin as a respected and growing organization, a living mechanism and a vehicle of Native language and culture,” she says.

Micheal Bottle, chair of the Kwayaciiwin Board of Directors, says the board is thrilled to have Jeannie join the organization. “Her grassroots experience and knowledge, her education background, and her knowledge of the culture and language make her a perfect fit for Kwayaciiwin,” says Bottle.

The Executive Director is responsible for carrying out Board policies, directives, and strategic plans established by the Board of Directors, and special mandates through resolutions from the corporate members (17 District Chiefs) of Kwayaciiwin as well as to supervise the overall operations and daily management of the organization.

Matthew Angees, out-going executive director, who lead the organization for five years, says, “Jeannie must carry on with the original vision set in 2002 by district Chiefs, elders and founders of Kwayaciiwin to close the academic gaps by working together.”

Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre is a regional organization that provides support services to on-reserve schools to ensure the bilingual, bicultural success of students. It works with 13 First Nation schools on its First Nations Student Success Program, Academic Readiness Project, and Structural Readiness Project. It also provides language and culture resource development and materials to 21 First Nations schools.