As co-creator of the global children’s education charity Elephant Thoughts, Lisa draws from 30 years+ of award winning innovation and commitment bringing awareness and understanding to important social justice issues. She has worked alongside impoverished communities around the world – India, Tanzania, Nepal, Nicaragua and China collaborating on education support while inspiring good global citizens back home. Her focus on building awareness and understanding among non-native populations regarding our colonial history and subsequent issues facing Indigenous peoples is at the core of her values of equity, diversity and inclusivity. Lisa is a changemaker at heart but has made many mistakes and endured bumps along the way. She continues to learn and grow from her experiences, friends, foes, family and communities both in Canada and globally.
Order of Ontario
YMCA Canada Peace Medal
Ashoka Changemakers Award for Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Inuit and Metis Learning
Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
Donner Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Education
"Lisa is passionate about helping others. Her years of experience in building and running a Canadian education charity has offered her insights and first-hand experience in best practices for success in both the for-profit and charitable sectors. Her work has deservedly garnered her multiple awards and national recognition. Passion, perseverance, creativity, personable, intelligent, problem solver are all great reasons why Lisa is an excellent choice to consult for you or your company."
Executive Director, Elephant Thoughts
"I would highly recommend working with Lisa. She was an invaluable consultant as we worked together to develop innovative strategies for the betterment of our school and community. Her follow through and attention to detail are thorough and her values are deep seeded in culture and indigenous education. She is a total pleasure to work with and I look forward to our next project together!"
Education Liaison Officer
Sipekne’katik First Nation, Nova Scotia