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Indigenous educational institute names new leader

Beverley Roy has taken over as the president at Kenjgewin Teg on Manitoulin Island
Beverley Roy has been named the new president at Kenjgewin Teg, a training and education institute located in M'Chigeeng First Nation.

Beverley Roy has been named the new president of Kenjgewin Teg educational institute.

Located in M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Kenjgewin Teg is an accredited, Indigenous-led organization that provides postsecondary education and training in a variety of sectors.

The institute is home to the Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre, a 9,700-square-foot facility that offers hands-on practical training in welding, construction, carpentry and other trades. It opened in 2019.

Roy, a member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation, was selected as president by the institute’s board of directors this past spring.

“Beverley’s appointment as president of Kenjgewin Teg is a testament to her exceptional leadership abilities and her profound commitment to Indigenous education,” Brian McGregor, the board’s vice-chair, said in a news release.

“Her unwavering dedication to community work and her extensive experience in the Indigenous postsecondary sector make her the ideal candidate to lead Kenjgewin Teg into a future that embraces and empowers Indigenous learners.”

Roy has spent a decade at Kenjgewin Teg, in roles ranging from director of quality assurance to director of postsecondary education and training.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in business administration from Athabasca University. Roy is currently working toward the completion of her PhD in higher education from the University of Toronto. She’s additionally involved in the pursuit of Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language).

In her new role as president, Roy will be responsible for leading the institute in fulfilling the goals of its strategic plan, which was approved in 2021.

Among its plans, Kenjgewin Teg is aiming to offer diploma programs, certificates, degrees and microcredentials, following the institute’s accreditation, which occurred last year.

Roy said realizing that goal will require the securing of new investments.

“I am enthusiastic about contributing to the advancement of Indigenous institutes within Ontario’s higher education system,” she said in the release.

“In addition to the enduring support of the Anishinabek communities of Mnidoo Mnising, our achievements at Kenjgewin Teg owe much to our valued college, university, and sector partnerships. I eagerly anticipate expanding these partnerships and forging new innovative collaborations with them.”