Our Council Members

Jennifer Oborne Crolly – Co-Chair

Jenna Firth – Co-Chair

Renée McGurry – Past Chair

Shane Bostrom – Treasurer

Pahan Pte San Win – Grandmother

Mona Moquin – Member of Council

Ben Nein – Member of Council

About Our Council

Renée McGurry

Renée McGurry is presently working for the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) government as the ‘Earth Lodge Development Helper’. She also works as a support teacher and workshop facilitator for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. She is a member of Treaty 2, Pinaymootang Reserve in Northern Manitoba. She retired from St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg in 2016. In her 35 years as an educator, she has worked as the Indigenous Education Coordinator for the school division. She has been recognized by Manitoba Education as one of their ‘Aboriginal Educators of the Month’ and has been the recipient of the ‘Trailblazer/Lifetime Achievement’ award from the Aboriginal Circle of Educators in 2013. Renée is presently on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations ‘Live Different’ and the ‘Indigenous Circle of Educators’. As a former colleague stated, “Renée McGurry has been guiding the journey of many, who collectively will have a profound effect on Indigenous youth and educators for years to come.” 

Jennifer Oborne Crolly – Co-Chair

Jennifer is a non-Indigenous educator and helper, who is committed to offering and supporting experiences that bring people together and nourish the heart. Her life has been immeasurably enriched through 25 years of Indigenous Teachings, Ceremony and community. As an educator, Jennifer led 10 years of heart-centred, school-based 7 Teachings programming, hundreds of opportunities for children and families to sit with the Drum, and guided teachers in relating with Indigenous people and perspectives. As a helper, she is a passionate supporter of the healing journey and shares her gifts in community and  and as part of her private healing practice.

Jenna Firth – Co-Chair

Jenna Firth has been teaching elementary grades in Seven Oaks School Division since 2015. She is an alumni of the Community-based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (C.A.T.E.P.) based out of the University of
Winnipeg. This program allowed her to work as an Educational Assistant in Seven Oaks School Division while simultaneously attending university classes.

Jenna has been a leader in Indigenous Education in her schools. Always seeking to support the comfort and confidence of Indigenous students and families, she has helped develop resources, supported research, and
held space for colleagues wanting to learn how to walk in good relationship. Jenna hopes to inspire educators to make Indigenous Education meaningful, empowering and validating in their classrooms, as she is living proof of the outcomes.

Shane Bostrom – Treasurer

Shane Bostrom grew up in the Métis community of Manigotogan, MB, and he graduated from the Wanipigow School located on the Hollow Water First Nation. At the age of 20 Shane began to work for the Royal Bank of Canada. During his tenure at RBC, Shane was a member of the RBC Aboriginal Focus Group, learned to speak French and completed a BA and BEd at the University of Winnipeg.

In 2010 Shane left the RBC and took on the role of coordinator of the Standing Tall program with the Manitoba Métis Federation. Two years later he moved to a teaching role at the Louis Riel Institute. In 2018 he left LRI and became the project manager for the Build From Within program at the Winnipeg School Division. He continues to manage the program and is also the Indigenous grad coach at Tec Voc.

Pahan Pte San Win – Grandmother

Pahan Pte San Win – Grandmother is Lakota, Cree & Métis with roots that reach back to Wood Mountain, SK. With a degree in social work from the University of Calgary, Pahan has worked in the role of spiritual caregiver to incarcerated youth and provided counseling support to residential school survivors, traumatized women and incarcerated men. Her storytelling pursuits include producer of the Good Medicine Radio Show for CKLB Radio in Yellowknife, NT and a blog, www.IMarriedaHolyMan. She also contributed to the anthology, “Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters (2018). Pahan’s vision to have a Sundance of Women that honours our stolen sisters was realized in 2017 and continues until 2020. She is also a business owner of www.bearpawtipi.ca .

Mona Moquin – Member of Council

Mona grew up in a French community of LaBroquerie, MB. She is a 4th year high school Social Studies teacher in the Division Scolaire Franco Manitobaine (DSFM). Mona served as Vice-president for l’Union nationale Saint-Joseph du Manitoba from the years
of 2014-2017, and then began representing Full Circle on the Indigenous Inclusive Directorate Advisory Council. She has worked on French Indigenous pedagogy activities for ACELF and AEFM, and was an advisor for
the French curriculum of Grade 12 Current Topics in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies course. Mona strongly believes in continuation education and is currently enrolled in her post-bac at the University of
Manitoba.

Ben Nein – Member of Council

Ben Nein is an Ally teacher in Seven Oaks School Division. A teacher since 2005, he has been walking with community and working to decolonize his thinking and teaching since 2015. To further that, Ben has begun work on a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning with a focus on helping schools have the important conversations with their Indigenous community members and non-Indigenous teachers about how to enact education for reconciliation. He works to create space where possible for Indigenous Ways-of-Coming-to-Knowing and Indigenous voice, and seeks to bridge Western and Indigenous ways of teaching and learning to reach towards Elder Albert Marshall’s idea of “Two-Eyed Seeing.”