Tracy Jacobs, originally from Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, has just moved to London with her husband Bobby to become the Child Care Manager for Nshwaasnangong. She has been an Early Childhood Educator since 1994, including 15 years spent in management roles. She recently graduated from the Autism & Behavioural Science program from St. Lawrence College – Kingston as part of her lifelong learning journey. She believes that early childhood educators have a responsibility to support children in developing the crucial base for future learning and is excited to create this base for many children at Nshwaasnangong.
Frances Elizabeth Moore is Anishinaabe Kwe from Timiskaming First Nations who largely grew up in Tkaronto. She is passionate about Indigenous rights, issues, politics, and social justice and has been very active within the urban Indigenous community in London over the past 15 years. Frances Elizabeth has over 9 years of experience in the non-profit sector advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion through relationship building and program management utilizing her legal background from Georgian College along with certificates in Building on Abundance in Indigenous Communities from COADY International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University and Indigenous Peoples Certificate at the Centre of Indigegogy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to moving the role with Nshwaasnangong, Frances Elizabeth was the Director of Operations and Outreach with We Matter, an Indigenous and youth-led and nationally registered organization dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion and worked at the Anishinabek Educational Institute (St. Clair College) where she was an Instructor in the Native Community Worker program. In addition to her role with Nshwaasnangong, she occasionally teaches with the Catholic School Board and as well as consulting on various Indigenous related issues. Frances Elizabeth is also an active community volunteer with organizations such as LIFE*SPIN where she is Chair of the Board of Directors; Kings College University; Brescia University College; City of London; NokeeKwe and Pillar NonProfit Network. Frances Elizabeth is a member of the Indigenous Leadership Circle and the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. At Nshwaasnangong, Frances Elizabeth is responsible for managing the family centre team, youth and family programming, and supporting connections to land, language and culture.
Jennifer Noel is the Operations Manager for the Nshwaasnangong Child Care & Family Centre and has just relocated to London with her husband and two dogs after living in Hamilton. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and has a diverse background in leadership and management, most recently as the Manager of the Children’s Services department for YWCA Hamilton. Jennifer previously oversaw the growth and development of three non-profit child care organizations in Lambton, Middlesex and Halton and spent four years working for the Region of Halton, assisting families with the process of applying for child care subsidy and linking them with community resources and support. She is excited to join the Nshwaasnangong team.