Jillian has over a decade of leadership experience in nursing and education working primarily with youth and students. In 2016, she travelled to the Nunatsiavut region in Labrador for four months, working as a nurse. She was a Clinical Instructor for the Personal Support Worker program at Herzing College in Ottawa and teaches Practical Nursing at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
Jillian has been a volunteer for a number of non-profit organizations, but it was her work with No More Stolen Sisters through Amnesty International that inspired her passion for working with Indigenous peoples. Jillian also started and ran a Trex unit—an alternative division of Girl Guides of Canada for young women aged 12-17— designed to build self-confidence and achieve goals through outdoor adventures.
On a personal note, Jillian cherishes her strong connection to the earth and she always has a backpack and a pair of hiking boots at the ready for exploring. She has a love for animals, a keen interest in photography, and likes entertaining her mind by writing, creating art, and playing various musical instruments. Jillian is excited to share her passion, energy and knowledge with youth participants in the Cambridge Bay pre-employment training program. She is also eager to learn more about Inuit culture, people and connection to the land during her time here.