Maureen is an Anishinaabekwe of mixed Ojibwe and settler heritage. A member of Couchiching First Nation, she grew up nearby in Fort Frances, Ontario. She is a loving auntie, sister, daughter, partner, and friend.
Maureen obtained a Master of Public Health with specializations in Health Promotion and Indigenous Health from the University of Toronto in 2019. Her work is informed by professional experience at Indigenous-led research institutes in both Canada and Australia as well as health and social service providers. Most recently, Maureen worked as a Health Promotion Planner leading the Indigenous engagement portfolio at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Her work involved assessing and developing recommendations to enhance organizational capacity for Indigenous engagement. In response to COVID-19, she also developed accessible health communication materials and liaised with various Indigenous community partners.