Meet Our Specialists – 5

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 an 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.


Cynthia Spence


Cynthia is a School Planning Specialist and Team Leader, who works out of our Thompson office with schools in the northern part of the province. Here she helps facilitate a workshop on a First Nations School Administrators Handbook.
204.594.1290 ext. 4001

Elma Arthurson


Elma is a Family Literacy Specialist. She works primarily with schools in the southern part of the province, helping them create literacy programs for families and communities. Here she gives a workshop at the Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference.
204.594.1290 ext. 2093

Rachel North-Wavey


Rachel is a Speech & Language Pathologist. Her home base is our Winnipeg office, but she travels all over MB to work one-on-one with students with speech & language needs. She also gives workshops, facilitates summer institutes, and does it all with her trademark smile.
204.594.1290 ext. 2079

Charles Fontaine


Charles is a School Planning Specialist and Team Leader. He works with schools in the Interlake area of Manitoba. He gives workshops and training sessions to principals, vice-principals and education directors, and participates in numerous education conferences.
204.594-1290 ext. 2034


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