Meet Our Mentors

Emily Ouelette

Emily is from Moravian Town First Nation and is currently studying Architectural Technology at St. Clair College.

Amy Waboose

Amy is from White Fish River First Nation and is currently working as Water Operator in her community.

Heidi Manitowabi

Heidi Manitowabi is from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and is the Waste Management Coordinator for Waabnoong Bemjiwang.

Dean Debassige

Dean is from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation and has worked in several mines and mining plants across Ontario.

Ashley Montour

Ashley is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is currently working as a Welder Fitter for Fowler Metal Industries.

Skylar Manitowabi

Skylar is from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and is currently studying Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Vanessa Smith

Vanessa is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is currently studying to become an X-Ray Technician at McMaster University.



Who can become a mentor with TYCOP?

Here at the Technical Youth Career Outreach Project, we are always looking for amazing mentors to connect with First Nations youth. That’s why we look for mentors who are also Indigenous themselves, so that they can relate to the life experience of our mentees. Our mentors are also required to be experts of, or currently working in, a technical service area such as solid waste management, water treatment plant operations, environmental science, and more. We also aim to elevate female role models and mentors in these areas to demonstrate the importance of women working in STEM careers. If you’re an Indigenous person working in a technical service area in Ontario, consider joining our group of mentors and make a difference in the lives of First Nations youth!

Benefits of being a mentor

Research shows us that mentorship not only has a tremendous positive impact on the mentee, but also on the mentor. Mentoring younger or less experienced First Nations youth is an investment in their future and the future technical self-reliance and success of Indigenous communities. Just to name a few, here are some of the many benefits of being a mentor:

  • Improve your communication skills
  • Expand your network
  • Self-reflection: discover what you’ve achieved and how you got there




Are you a First Nations individual working in a technical service career? We would love for you to join our team of professional mentors!


Step 1

Fill out this form. Tell us a little bit about yourself, the type of mentoring you’re interested in, and then click SUBMIT.

Step 2

Upon review of your application, a member of our team will reach out and walk you through the next steps, such as the vulnerable sector police check requirement.

Step 3

Once you are approved as a TYCOP mentor, we will match you with a First Nations student who has indicated an interest in a career in your field.

"Did You Know That 4 In 5 First Nations Youth Do Not Have A Mentor Growing Up"

Resources For Mentors

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