Dave Butler, RPF, RPBio

“I have worked with Michele over the last three years to develop an indigenous youth leadership camp. She was wonderful to work with. Michele is thoughtful, caring, knowledgeable, and a great communicator.  Given that I come from a corporate world where we have time- and money-limited goals and objectives, Michele showed great patience in helping me to understand how to be more successful in building relationships with Ktunaxa elders, leaders and youth. She brings a unique perspective that is both practical and academic, and I learn from her each time we interact.

In spite of some challenging circumstances in making the youth leadership camp happen, it was Michele’s commitment, tenacity and passion that resulted in the camp coming together in the summer of 2018. It was a great success for all, and her commitment to the program, and the foundation she built, has set us up to continue the program this coming summer (and, we hope, in many summers to come). I watched her engage youth in spirited and meaningful conversations and experiences, and at the same time, she helped our staff become an integral part of the experience.

I am honoured to consider Michele a colleague and friend, and highly recommend her for a wide range of projects that involve planning, facilitation, engagement, teaching, and building capacity in youth. It is my sincere hope that we will find many opportunities to continue to work together in the future.”