Jessica is from Nakina, Ontario and a member of the Long Lake # 58 First Nation, over the course of her journey and career Jessica has had the privilege of living and visiting many communities in Ontario’s North and has dedicated her life to working for Northern Ontario and the people that encompass it. Her admiration and passion for the region and its communities was fostered from her parents who taught her at an early age about the many things that the region’s natural environment has to offer, from the resilient people to its forest and freshwater foods her passion is represented in all of the work she does.
Community has always been a strong foundation for all of Jessica’s work, from her economic development experience and capacity building work with Nishnawbe Aski Nation to her work with First Nation young adults she fosters a community approach to whatever she tackles.
A Graduate of the Business Administration – Human Resources program from Confederation College and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Lakehead University and is currently perusing an Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree with Lakehead University. She currently sits on the Executive of the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy and is in the beginning processes of facilitating an Indigenous Food Circle in Thunder Bay and Area.