Meet the team

Nancy Young PhD

School of Rural and Northern Health Laurentian University
Professor & Research Chair
Research Gate

Nancy Young PhD is a Clinical Epidemiologist with expertise in child health assessment. Her research career has focused developing self-report measures for children, to ensure that the voices of our children are heard when it comes to their health. Indigenous children have not had a voice in health planning, in part due to a lack of culturally appropriate measures. She has worked extensively 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. Nancy 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) in collaboration with Mary Jo Wabano and many partners including children and youth. She is continuing 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 is adding numeric data to augment traditional understandings of Indigenous children's health and is a first step towards better health outcomes among Indigenous youth.

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 Pomerleau 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.

Demi Mathias Loon Clan, Knowledge sharer

Laurentian University
Research Assistant

Demi Mathias is a Teme-Augama Anishnabai Kwe who resides in Sudbury and Bear Island. She completed her undergrad at the University of Ottawa and completed her masters at Trent University. Demi has been hired as a Research Assistant within the ECHO Research centre. She is excited for this opportunity to be a part of the ACHWM team, and assist with health and well-being in Indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island. Miigwetch!

Sarah Lemieux RSW

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

Sarah is a Research Assistant for the ACHWM team. She graduated with Honors in the Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University and recently attended Law school at the University of Ottawa for one year. Sarah is a community focused social worker with a passion for social justice and advocacy. She looks forward to learning more about Indigenous children's health and well-being.

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.

Kristen Cool HBSW

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

Kristen is a Research Analyst on the ACHWM team. She is originally from Moosonee, Ontario, and is a member of Moose Cree First Nation. She graduated with Honors in the Bachelor of Social Work Program with Ryerson University and First Nations Technical Institute. Kristen has worked within the field of Social Work since 2011 and has a variety of experiences at a community level.

Carli McDonald BSc

Evaluating Children’s Health Outcomes (ECHO) Research Centre, Laurentian University
Research Assistant & Community Relations Facilitator

Carli is a Community Relations Facilitator & Research Assistant for the ACHWM team. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Laurentian University and an Advanced Diploma of Health Sciences specialized in Radiation Therapy from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences. Carli is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the ACHWM team and looks forward to learning more about Aboriginal health and wellness.