The Executive Board

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel

Northern Planning Chair

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel proudly originates from Manitoba, though she grew up in Calgary, Alberta. After starting her role at Portage College in Lac La Biche, Joleyne developed a calling as an ally to Indigenous learners and became very actively involved in PIRAA. Under her guidance as the Northern Planning Chair PIRAA has taken significant steps to move forward in a meaningful way. She worked actively with her Indigenous partners at Portage for four years before making a major career shift to the Alberta University of the Arts where she continues to support the recruitment of Indigenous students to the Arts. As the Northern Planning Chair, Joleyne is actively involved in collaborative relationship building with communities in Northern Alberta, helping plan engagement sessions and community visits and PIRAA led events.

Joleyne holds a MA in Leadership Studies from Royal Roads University in beautiful Victora, BC.

Allyson Dennehy

Southern Planning Chair

Originally from Samson Cree Nation of Maskwacis, Alberta, after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Allyson began her career working in her home community of Maskwacis at the Cultural College as the Student Wellness Support Coordinator. She worked with Indigenous Youth and young adults, providing an environment that fosters grow and resilience in Indigenous Learners. Allyson coordinated and delivered wellness workshops and provided individual holistic support to students.

Allyson currently works with SAIT Chinook Lodge as the new Indigenous Student Recruiter. She is actively engaged in providing the necessary supports and guidance to prospective and current students at SAIT. She is passionate in supporting Indigenous students’ educational journey.

Allyson is excited to work with PIRAA as the organization continues to build meaningful relationships with First Nations Students and Post-secondary institutions.

David Plamondon

Communications Chair

David was born and raised in Treaty 8 Territory and has been an active supporter of Indigenous Education and Employment for most of his professional career. David completed his Business Management Diploma at MacEwan University and is working towards his Bachelor of Commerce part-time. David is employed full-time at NAIT as the Aboriginal Relations Coordinator and is an active entrepreneur working with the First Nations communities throughout Alberta.   


David brings his passion for supporting Indigenous Learners to the work he does with PIRAA through drafting communication updates, managing PIRAA Social Media and helping support engagement strategies.

Jacqueline Bellerose

Finance chair for PIRAA.

Tansi. Nisîhkason Emihkosit Kihew Iskwew (Hello. My name is Red Eagle Woman).

I also go by Jacqueline Bellerose but most people call me Jackie.

I am from East Prairie Metis Settlement. A few hours north west of Edmonton. 1 of the 8 Metis Settlements in Alberta and nimosom (my grandfather) on my mom’s side owned a River Lot in the historic Métis community of St. Albert.

I am a mother of 3 beautiful children and I have 1 handsome grandson.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Alberta.

I am very passionate about Indigenous people furthering their education. I believe in the saying that “Education is the new buffalo.” Meaning, for Indigenous people, it is a way and means to provide food, shelter and the other necessities of life for ourselves and our families.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, going to cultural events like round dances and other ceremonies. I also dabble in beading. I am also an old school hip hop head and I am proud to say that I have been walking the red road, which means living a sober lifestyle, for over 18 years now.

I have spent a majority of my career working for my community in many different capacities (including Finance and Human Resources). Most recently, as Special Assistant for the Métis Settlements General Council, I was involved in extensive archival research for genealogical family tree research which reinvigorated my love for research and higher education. I was also responsible for a majority of the research that went into supporting the Metis Settlements in their negotiations with Canada which I am very proud to have been a part of.

In my new role as the Indigenous Student Engagement and Recruitment Specialist with the Faculty of Arts, I am looking forward to helping Indigenous Arts students succeed. I am also looking forward to recruiting Indigenous students to the University of Alberta and growing and supporting the overall Indigenous Community on campuses across Alberta as the new Finance Chair for PIRAA.

Ekosi Hiy Hiy

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Canada

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