Meet Our Specialists – 4

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Meet Our Specialists – 4

MFNERC employs five teams of specialists who work directly with Manitoba’s First Nation Schools, education boards and communities, and we’d like you to meet some of them! 
Each team is made up of a literacy, science, numeracy, special education, language & culture, assessment, and school planning specialist. The specialists travel to different regions of the province, determining needs, developing plans and bringing the process of capacity building directly to the schools. We also have a wide variety of other specialists such as technology, research & development, early childhood education and speech & language who travel to all our schools during the year. As well, throughout the school year, and driven by the plans that the schools themselves have developed, these specialists host workshops and forums, and help create resources for the educators and administrators.

Stella Young

Stella Young
204.594.1290 ext. 2138

Stella is a First Nations language specialist (Cree), who works with our Cree speaking schools in various parts of the province. Here she helps facilitate a workshop for language instructors, as part of our Summer Institutes.

Dave Thiessen

Dave Thiessen

Dave is a technology specialist. He works with all our Manitoba schools, helping them set up computer labs, software programs, data management and anything else IT. Here he leads a workshop for special education instructors on using iPads in the classroom.

Gloria Sinclair

Gloria Sinclair

Gloria is a literacy specialist, who works with schools in and around Peguis First Nation. She also helps the literacy team create books for young learners, and build classroom libraries. Here she helps facilitate a workshop for literacy instructors as part of our Summer Institutes.

Wayne Grafton

Wayne Grafton
204.594.1290 ext. 2144

Wayne Grafton is a student transition support specialist. He works with all our First Nations schools, helping them create plans for students who are transitioning to off-reserve schools. He gives workshops and training sessions, and here he presents at our annual Lighting the Fire Conference.


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    Phone: 204-594-1290 ext. 2243
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