Summer Youth Program Bios

 Teagan de Laronde

Name: Teagan de Laronde
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Toronto

Biography: My hobbies include reading, watching TV, doing crafts and attending concerts & festivals. This summer will be the first of my involvement with the MNO, but definitely will not be my last. Hopefully, I will be able to make an impact within this organization. I look forward to learning about my own culture, as well as engaging and interacting with my community to do so. 
 Taylor Clark

Name: Taylor Clark
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Kenora

Biography: My hobbies include snowboarding, listening to music and going on adventures. I have previously been involved with the Métis Nation of Ontario through the Infinite Reach Cultural Camps. I was also the Youth Representative for the Kenora Métis Community Council for a year. I am looking forward to improve my leadership skills and to make new relationships with other Métis Youth. I would also like to continue to educate general society on our culture.

 Meg Langlais

Name: Meg Langlais
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Dryden

Biography: My hobbies include playing the ukulele, listening to music and spending time with friends. This summer will be my first encounter with the Métis Nation of Ontario, but I am super excited to get involved. I am looking forward to connect with the other Métis People in my community. I am also excited to learn more about my culture. 
 Cassidy Press

Name: Cassidy Press
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Midland

Biography: My hobbies include archery, bee keeping, beading, embroidery and being out in nature. I am a MNO Citizen and I was also a recipient of MNOET funding for post-secondary tuition where I was studying Indigenous Environmental Science. I have been apart of the Summer Youth Program for the past three years, and was an Infinite Reach Facilitator while I was still in school. I look forward to developing more leadership skills through my position as lead this summer. As well, I hope to reach out to many new organizations and businesses to network and spread our reach for Métis education (within our community). 
 Austin Press

Name: Austin Press
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Midland

Biography: My hobbies include trail walking, gardening and gaming. I am a MNO Citizen, a recipient of MNOET funding for post-secondary tuition, and have attended a variety of Métis community events, as well as MNO specific events. I look forward to improving my social skills as well as my public speaking skills. I also want to make contacts with those who are involved with Métis/Indigenous events. 
 Christina Beaudin-Smith

Name: Christina Beaudin-Smith
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Midland

Biography: My hobbies include beadworking, furthering the development of my cultural knowledge and Anishinabamawin language development, and teaching beadwork workshops from a Métis-specific and Anishinaabe-specific lens. I am trying to be very active in my community. I believe that beadwork is medicine and can offer healing to our nations and peoples. I was also on the 2017 Canoe expedition, as well as a 2017 SYCP. I am often the Métis voice in my academic setting and strive to aid nations in understanding our people and protecting each others ways of being. I look forward to furthering my knowledge and connections with communities and initiatives.

 Mélissa Lee

Name: Mélissa Lee
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Midland

Biography: My hobbies include reading, traveling, hiking, camping, going to the beach, watching documentaries & going to concerts. This will be my first encounter with the with MNO, but I am excited to start my engagement now. I look forward to gaining a better sense of my Métis community, connect more to my Métis roots and to learn more about my culture.

 Samantha Lavallee

Name: Samantha Lavallee
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: North Bay

Biography: My hobbies include doing yoga, canoeing, hiking, camping & going on outdoor adventures. I love working and being a university student. I began my involvement with the Métis Nation of Ontario in the summer of 2017 as a participant in the 2017 Canoe Expedition. From there, I went on to become an SYP for the summer of 2018 and now 2019. This lead me to volunteer as an Infinite Reach Facilitator at Nipissing University, and also as a Youth Mobilization Lead for the Infinite Potentials Program developed by the MNOYC. I also was able to be a participant for the 2019 Ways of Knowing Symposium that predominantly focused on how to ethically attain Métis knowledge from communities by Métis and non-Métis researchers. I look forward to continuing to connect to the land and my culture, while expanding my knowledge as well.

 Roni Léveille

Name: Roni Léveille
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: North Bay

Biography: My hobbies include painting, fishing, hiking, watching TV and movies, camping & canoeing. I was a Métis Youth March Break Camp participant, have been a participant of Métis-specific ceremonies, and have been involved with local council potlucks. I look forward to learning new things, making new friends, having lots of fun and making a good impression for the MNO. 
 Courtney Vaughan

Name: Courtney Vaughan
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Ottawa

Biography: My hobbies include canoeing, fishing, hiking, weight lifting, cycling and beading. I have been a SYCP and SYP staff personnel for a few years now. As well, I also participated in the 2017 Canoe Expedition, I am a Métis Researcher, and I am also apart of the Infinite Potentials project developed by the MNOYC. I look forward to attaining more knowledge on jigging, and to also work towards community building. 
 Janna Van de Sande

Name: Janna Van de Sande
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Ottawa

Biography: My hobbies include soccer, teaching skiing, beading, fiddling, being a Doula / Auntie, and weight lifting. I am a 2019 SYP staff member, I am apart of the Infinite Potentials Health & Wellness working group developed by the MNOYC, and I am also a Métis Academic. I look forward to researching more about Métis culture, and to have more opportunities to practice on my fiddle.

 Justin Moore

Name: Justin Moore
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Ottawa

Biography: My hobbies include hiking, skiing, traveling, watching RuPaul's Drag Race and woodworking. I was a member of the 2017 Canoe Expedition team, I have been an SYP Staff for the past two years, I was a 2018 Infinite Reach Facilitator, and I am now currently a Infinite Potentials working group member developed by the MNOYC. I look forward to learning more about my Métis culture, and to have more opportunities to make friends. 
 Riley Smith

Name: Riley Smith
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Sault Ste. Marie

Biography: My hobbies include playing with puppies and kitties, rapping and getting tattoos. I have been on the SYCP/SYP team since 2015, and I participated in the Canoe Expedition in 2017. I look forward to connecting to my historical routes and meeting new & fun young people.

 Joshua Bushey

Name: Joshua Bushey
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Sault Ste. Marie

Biography: My hobbies include walking around, being outdoors and hanging out with friends. I was a SYCP in 2017, I love my culture, I enjoy dressing in historical clothing, and I am a harvester & fisherman. I want to learn more about Traditional Knowledge. I also want to be able to develop more friendships within the Métis youth and to also gain skills so that in the future I can work for the MNO full time. 
 Shalee Calvert

Name: Shalee Calvert
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Sault Ste. Marie

Biography: My hobbies include downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, being active, helping others achieve their fitness goals and I also enjoy figure skating. This is my first summer working with the MNO, and I am super excited to learn more about the traditional ways of my ancestors. I look forward to connecting with other Métis Youth who are as interested in learning and sharing traditional crafts, dancing and games as I am. 
 Janelle Massicotte

Name: Janelle Massicotte
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Timmins

Biography: My hobbies include playing sports, listening to music, watching movies and going camping. This summer job will be my first interaction with the Métis Nation of Ontario. I look forward to learning more about my culture, have more involvement with my Métis Culture, and to educate the general society on the information I have learned through the MNO. 
 Megan Southwell 

Name: Megan Southwell
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Lead
Location: Toronto

Biography: My hobbies include traveling, canoeing, playing tennis, working out, dancing, photography & film making. I have been a Summer Youth Program Staff and Infinite Reach Facilitator since 2017. I also attended Infinite Reach March Break Camp in 2016 and am a part of the Infinite Potentials Environmental Working Group since it was rolled out by the MNOYC this past year. Being a part of the youth movement contributing to a resurgence of Métis identity is a source of passion for me.
 Liam Blore

Name: Liam Blore
Job Title: Summer Youth Program Facilitator
Location: Toronto

Biography: My hobbies include playing guitar, swimming, and listening and performing Métis music. I am a Métis Cultural Music Performer, have been a SYP for the past few years, is an Infinite Reach Facilitator, and is a part of the Infinite Potentials working group developed by the MNOYC. I look forward to learning more about what it means to be Métis, and I am excited to share my culture with others.