Vanessa Nicholson,

Creation Advisory Circle Member

Vanessa Nicholson is a mixed Anishinaabe counsellor, researcher, and helper. She is a member of Sagamok Anishnawbek and has an undergraduate degree in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s in Child and Youth Care (CYC).

Growing up disconnected from her community, Vanessa has used her educational and personal journey as a method to explore her culture and identity. Vanessa currently works for a non-profit organization called Finding Our Power Together as the Building Our Bundle Program Coordinator and Mentor.

As well, Vanessa works to support the emotional and social growth of students as a Counsellor at kapapamahchakwew- Wandering Spirit School with the TDSB. Vanessa is excited to be a part of IYR’s Advisory Circle, to share her knowledge, and to learn alongside others, chi-miigwech! 

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