Board Of Directors

Collaboration is integral to identifying and promoting opportunities for Indigenous women to participate in policy development and decision-making within their communities and to all levels of government.

President

Josie Nepinak

Calgary
Vice President

Marggo Pariseau

Edmonton
Director

Jeannette LaBrie

Sherwood Park
Director

Eva John Gladue

Director

Lisa Higgerty

Edmonton
Past President

Muriel Stanley Venne, CM, AOE, BA (Hon)

Devon
CEO

Rachelle Venne

Devon

Elders Circle

As proud Indigenous people, we continually strive to empower all Indigenous peoples in the reinforcement and rediscovery of their language, culture, and spiritual practices.

The Elders Circle and Knowledge Keepers bring the Esquao board and staff unlimited joy and good medicine. They offer a great connection to culture through stories and provide young women and leaders with support, guidance, and lasting benefits for future generations. We recognize and value their unique contributions to thought, action, leadership, and conscious change.

Loretta Bowen

Edmonton

Jackie Bromley

Calgary

Mary Brown

Slave Lake

Myrtle Calahaisen

Edmonton

Alma Desjarlais

High Prairie

Marion Lerat

Calgary

Hazel McKennitt

St. Albert

Elsie Paul

Edmonton

Lorraine Savard

Edmonton

Staff

Through our advocacy, programs, and services, we aim to raise awareness of and address challenges and obstacles facing Indigenous women.

Rachelle Venne

CEO

Marggo Pariseau

Transitions Program

Kerri

Housing Support Worker

Maureen

Cultural and Arts Educator

Angie

Admin Support

Erica

Communications

Alison

Skills, Employment & Training

Marta

Finance

Bernadette

Housing Supervisor

Maureen

Program Navigator

Leeanne

Path to Justice Coordinator / Youth Programs Supervisor

Tiffany

Help Navigator

Emily

Administrative Assistant

Sonia

Admin Team Lead

Kelsey

Youth Wellness Program Coordinator

Heather

Pre-Employment Coach