The Executive Board

Trevor J Phillips

Northern Planning Chair

Trevor J. Phillips is the Manager of Indigenous Recruitment in the Office of the Registrar at the University of Alberta (Treaty 6) and a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (Region 4)  He comes from a long line of pool sharks, card hustlers and square dance callers in Jasper Place in Edmonton’s west end. Trevor has been working in Indigenous student support for over 7 years. He is currently completing his dissertation in Indigenous Literature and is the play-by-play voice of Alberta Pandas hockey.   

Allyson Dennehy

Southern Planning Chair

Allyson currently works at SAIT in the Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Resource Centre as a student advisor. She is from Treaty 6 territory, Samson Cree Nation- Makwacis Alberta. Allyson has been working with Indigenous post secondary students for 5 years.

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.

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