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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
May 3, 2016

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Melissa Ireland

Aboriginal Student Support Co-ordinator (Waterloo Campus)

Contact Information
Email: mireland@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4190
Fax: 519-884-5805
Office Location: 187 Albert Street
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm -Monday to Friday
Personal Website: http://waterloo.mylaurier.ca/aboriginal/
Biography

Melissa Ireland is a student affairs professional with a passion for Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being. She has been told that her gifts include being acaring connector, collaborator, mediator, proposal writer and door opener. Servingwith pride asthe Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator for the Waterloo campus, she was the 2014 recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University's Employee Success Factor Award for "Leadership and Accountability". Additionally, she has beencredited with the co-creation of Laurier's Aboriginal Student Centre and its services.

Recently, Melissa's passion projectshas been centred on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is aparticipant's of Laurier's Change Team for the Ashoka Changemaker designation. Melissa holds an Honours BA in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo. She loves reading, drumming, gardening and is currently working on a Masters of Social Work part-time. Melissa has Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage from Curve Lake First Nation and is Marten Clan.

Additional Information

My role is to provide specialized support and services to Aboriginal students at the Waterloo and Kitchener campuses.