News from the University of Sudbury’s Board of Regents – University of Sudbury
The University of Sudbury is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelley Duquette-Lafortune to its Board of Regents.
Ms Duquette-Lafortune is a former student of the Laurentian Federation, having completed an Honours BA with majors in History and English, a Bachelor of Education, and in 2006 a BA with concentration in Native Studies, the University of Sudbury program which has since been renamed Indigenous Studies. She has extensive experience working in many levels of the educational system and possesses a comprehensive depth of knowledge in areas related to Indigenous matters. Before becoming a Bilingual Education Officer for the Ministry of Education’s Office of Indigenous Education in 2017, she was a teacher and school principal at the elementary and secondary levels, and taught courses in English and in Métis culture at Collège Boréal. She was also a leader in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit matters at the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO) from 2015 to 2017.
Ms Duquette-Lafortune is also extensively involved in the community as a member of several boards and committees, including several CSPGNO committees, the Administrative Council of the French River Public Library, and the community Powwow committee. She was a minor hockey coach for the French River Voyageurs from 2007 to 2017, participated in conferences to better understand the needs of Indigenous Francophone students at the University of Sudbury, and is currently a member of the board and council of the Leonard Dokis Foundation, which administers postsecondary bursaries for Indigenous students, and of the French River VAA (seniors’ village), to name only a few.
“We are delighted to have Ms Shelley Duquette-Lafortune joining our Board of Regents and we extend a warm welcome to her,” says Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury. “Her engagement, her dedication, and her depth of knowledge about Indigenous issues and education will be a valuable addition to the combined wealth of expertise on the Board of Regents.”
Ms Shelley Duquette-Lafortune will attend her first meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of Sudbury on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.