Meet the team


Nancy L Young PhD

Laurentian University
Professor & Research Chair
Researchgate ORCID Publons

Dr. Nancy Young is a Clinical Epidemiologist with expertise in measurement science. Her research career has focused on developing self-reported health measures for use by children and gives children a voice when it comes to their health. Indigenous children have not had a voice in health planning due to a lack of culturally appropriate measures. She has worked with other countries and cultures to develop and adapt health measures, and was invited by Mary Jo Wabano to work with Wiikwemkoong to develop a measure for Indigenous children. Dr. Young has worked with Indigenous communities for almost a decade and has played a critical role in the development of the Aaniish Naa Gegii: the Children's Health and Well-being Measure (ACHWM). This tool is the product of collaboration with Mary Jo Wabano and many partners, including children and youth. She continues to work in collaboration with several First Nations and Indigenous communities to share the ACHWM for use in different regions and cultural contexts. This work enables Indigenous health leaders to gather local data to augment traditional understandings of their children's health and is a step towards better health outcomes among Indigenous children.

Mary Jo Wabano BA MHK

Naandwechige-Gamig, Wikwemikong Health Centre
Health Services Director
Research Gate OALE Project

Mary Jo Wabano BA MHK is a proud First Nation leader who is responsible for a broad range of health services along the spectrum from preventive to curative. She recognizes the importance of focusing resources and services upstream to promote health and well-being throughout the community to prevent illness and future health problems downstream. She has been engaged in community-driven research for many years. Her experience in research led Mary Jo to identify the need for a measure of health and well-being that was tailored to meet the needs of Indigenous children and youth. She partnered with Nancy Young to develop the Aaniish Naa Gegii: the Children’s Health and Well-Being Measure (ACHWM). Together with many members of the Wiikwemkoong and other Indigenous communities, they have created a measurement tool that would provide community leaders with data that addresses health and well-being of First Nations children, to guide the development of long-term health services work plan. She remains a champion of the ACHWM and supports sharing with other Indigenous communities.

Marnie Anderson BPHE, CSEP-CPT

Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University

Marnie is an Ojibway woman from Wahnapitae First Nation. She has completed a Bachelor of Physical Education at Laurentian University, specializing in Health Promotion and Indigenous Studies. She has also completed an advanced diploma in Physical Fitness and Leisure management at Cambrian College. Marnie has several years of planning, conducting and implementing aboriginal cultural programs for First Nations children and youth in several different areas both on and off reserve. Marnie is eager to participate and help anyway she can with the ACHWM as it builds on her interests in Indigenous children’s health.

Paul Pomerleau

Laurentian University
Software Developer
LinkedIN Noggin Labs

Paul is a full-stack developer with a passion for technology. He's responsible for the creation and maintenance of ACHWM's website, member web portal and mobile applications. He obtained his BA with a concentration in Computer Science in 2016 and has since been focused on projects with positive societal impact. As an aspiring innovator and futurist, Paul founded and runs the YMCA's innovation club known as Noggin Labs. The club's aim is to help foster a culture of innovation among our youth by providing free access to technology, learning resources, mentor-ship and experience.

Koyo Usuba BScPT, MSc

Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University
Research Analyst

Koyo Usuba is a research analyst for the ACHWM team, working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He obtained a Physiotherapist license in Japan in 2004, and completed a Master in Human Kinetics at Laurentian University in 2013. Since then he has been working with the ACHWM team. He has a strong interest in health, wellness and learning in a variety of partnerships and research projects.

Lily Racine-Bouchard Bsc, BPHE

Evaluating Children’s Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University
Knowledge Translator

Lily, short for Elizabeth, is the Knowledge Translator for the ACHWM team. She has completed degrees in both Biologie biomédicale and Health Promotion at Laurentian University. As a natural leader and an active volunteer in her community, she has developed many strong connections and partnerships. Lily holds several years of experience in education and communication, developing and implementing plans for marginalized populations across the North. Lily is fluently bilingual in both English and French. She is enthusiastic and eager to deepen her knowledge of indigenous health!

Mia Bourque BA (hons) / MA Candidate

Evaluating Children’s Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University
ACHWM Community and Culture Liaison

Mia is the Community and Culture Liaison for the ACHWM, she is extremely passionate about sharing her culture and teachings. She is an Algonquin woman from western Quebec.Mia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University in 2017, with a Major in Indigenous Studies. She is currently a candidate for the Masters of Indigenous Relations program at Laurentian University, with her research focusing on Indigenous women in academia. She recognizes the need for a health measure such as ACHWM to promote health and wellness amongst children and youth within our communities. In her spare time she loves to hunt and fish.

Samantha Fowler BSc, MSCom

Evaluating Children’s Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University
ACHWM Coordinator

Samantha is a science communicator with a passion for health and wellness. She has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at University of Waterloo, focusing on mental health education. She is also a recent graduate from the Masters of Science Communication at Laurentian University where she conducted research in vaccination hesitancy during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Samantha's work focuses on supporting communities in Southern Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and collaboration between the ACHWM and the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program.

Kiana Seidel H.B.Com., MBA candidate

Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University
ACHWM Intern

Kiana is from Moose Factory Island and a member of Moose Cree First Nation. She recently graduated from Laurentian University with an undergraduate degree in Commerce and a minor in Indigenous Studies, and is a candidate for the Masters of Business Administration. Kiana works with the ACHWM Team as an intern and is eager to make valuable relationships with Indigenous communities.