Katherine Oakley has had the pleasure to raise and be a mother of her two amazing teenagers, daughter Cherika (17), and son Raegan (15). Her children have been her greatest and most cherished gift ever received. Katherine identifies as an Indigenous woman and is a member of Fort William First Nation. In 1999 Katherine went back to school and graduated with honors from Confederation College in the Early Childhood Education Program and immediately began to work in the educational field supporting children with exceptionalities and behaviour disorders. After many years of working in that field, Katherine decided to change careers in January 2019 and accepted a position at the Ontario Native Women’s Association as a Family Home Visitor in the Indigenous Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program. Her time in that position allowed her work closely with other mothers, grandmothers and caregivers along with their families and develop an understanding in supporting them and offering encouragement and strength to empower themselves. Katherine soon realized that she wanted to learn more about the organization and moved into her new role as a Program Coordinator in the She Is Wise Program. She takes great pride in this position and welcomes any opportunities to learn about the culture and the teachings in hopes to share her knowledge and new skills with others.