Joanne is proudly Cree, her ancestry is Omushkego from Attawapiskat.
Joanne has dedicated her career to counselling, advising and educating on Indigenous concerns, empowering and capacity building and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through her business, Healing Works est. 1990.
Her social service career began in 1985 and has contributed to transforming the lives of individuals, and the culture of agencies and the recognition and respect for Indigenous people, concerns and contributions within mainstream society. Joanne facilitates and consults in the not for profit sector and Toronto District School Board, around hiring practices, staff training, group facilitation, and policy and procedure development. She sits on several councils and committees.