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 recently delivered a 12-week pre-employment training program for adult youth in Cambridge Bay. She was captivated by Inuit culture, people and their deep connection to the land during her time there.