October 27, 2021
Welcome Our New Culture & Inclusivity Advisor
Toba Centre is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Wood to the newly created role of Culture & Inclusivity Advisor. Jennifer is Ojibway and comes from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation inOntario. As the owner/operator of Dawn Rae Planners she has organized some of the largest and most important Indigenous conferences in Canada. Jennifer has also been involved in initiatives that seek women’s equality, including the National Inquiry into Murdered, Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. She is also a member of the Canadian Review Tribunal Panel. And most recently Jennifer has coordinated a gathering for 2,800 survivors, social workers, and educators for the Hidden Legacy event held for Residential School Survivors.
In her new role as Cultural & Inclusivity Advisor at Toba Centre Jennifer will provide guidance on cultural programming, gatherings, and ceremonies, with a particular focus on Indigenous culture. As well, Toba Centre staff, board, and volunteers will benefit from her cultural mentorship. This position is vital in ensuring Toba Centre is welcoming, culturally competent and inclusive in our operations, as well as in our service to the community.
Jennifer says “It is an honour to join the Toba team. I was immediately drawn to the fact that it’s a community-led initiative and the entire focus is on healing and integrating best practices for the families impacted by abuse. A child cannot heal alone. We need resources and expertise to support, protect, and keep safe every child and youth.”