Indigenous Student Centre Staff

Welcome from the Indigenous Student Centre staff! Our staff pride ourselves on offering wholistic student support based on the values of helping and serving through Indigenous ways of knowing. We provide various supports to help you navigate the university system throughout your entire experience at Western from acceptance to graduation. Feel free to stop by any one of our offices, we are excited to get to know you.

Amanda Myers

Amanda Myers

Director, Indigenous Student Centre

e: amanda.myers@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.3117, 86423
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Mandy Bragg

Mandy Bragg

Academic Advisor

e: abragg22@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111, 84033
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Kylie Brussette

Kylie Bressette

Manager of Admissions and Enrollment

e: kbresse@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111 x89176
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Zeeta Lazore Cayuga

Zeeta Lazore Cayuga

Community Enhancement Coordinator

e: zlazorec@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111, 88567
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Kelly Nicholas

Kelly Nicholas

Administration Assistant

e: kjnichol@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111, 85533
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Donna Noah

Donna Noah

Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator

e: dnoah@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111, 86437
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Paul Porter

Paul Porter

Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator

e: pporter@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Joy SpearChief-Morris

Joy SpearChief-Morris

Student Opportunities Coordinator

e: jspearch@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111, 87544
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Tisha Summers

Tisha Summers

Art Therapist

e: tsummers7@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111 x84442
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

Ashley Kewayosh Samuel

Ashley Kewayosh Samuel

(on leave until August 2021)

e: akewayos@uwo.ca
t: 519.661.2111
Indigenous Student Centre
Western Student Services Building Rm. 2100
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7





Amanda Myers, Director of Indigenous Student Centre

Amanda MyersWaynaboozhoo Kitaay Bizhikikwe ndizhinikaaz, waabizheshi ndodem. Anishinaabe/Métis ndow, bezho Mide kwe ndow. I have worked with the Indigenous Student Centre at Western over the past seven years and have focused my educational studies on identity. I choose to focus on identity, as someone whose ancestors chose not to register in a community, who chose to live their life as they always had, off the land. I draw on my family lineage which connects me to many communities in Ontario, northern Wisconsin and Michigan through my Cadotte/Cadeau and Myers/Maillette ancestors. I now call London home, recently completing the Master of Professional Education, focused on Indigenous Educational Leadership and Identity through Western and hosted by Six Nations Polytechnic. I am a proud mother and auntie, visual artist and goldsmith.


Mandy Bragg, Academic Advisor

Mandy Bragg

Koola Maalsi! My name is Mandy and I am the Access Transition Opportunities (ATO) Counsellor. I am from the Munsee Delaware Nation, and I have been at Western for many years, now. I am dedicated to creating a supportive and healthy learning environment for you and your peers. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and keeping in touch with nature. Please feel free to drop by, and say hi! 


Kylie Brussette, Manager of Admissions and Enrollment

Kylie Brussette

Boozhoo, Biisawaan-Ginii ndizhinikaaz, Anishnaabe kwe niin daaw, mzhiki ndodem. Hello! My name is Kylie and I am Ojibwe/Potawatomi/Métis/Cree from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Southwestern, Ontario. I graduated from Western University with a Major in English Language and Literature and a Minor in First Nations Studies. My time here at Western helped me realize that my strengths reside in working with Indigenous peoples, particularly at the community level. I spent the majority of my time after graduation working with my own First Nation community which taught me the value of learning from my own people and the importance of providing positive and healthy programming for our youth. I have always been passionate about encouraging Indigenous people to continue their educational journey into post-secondary as I have experienced first-hand the benefit that it has had on my life as an Indigenous woman. The opportunities that Western’s Indigenous Student Centre provide falls in line with one of the key values I hold dear to my heart: I want to see Indigenous people succeed. To any prospective or new students, we are here to help you achieve your goals. Miigwech!


Zeeta Lazore Cayuga, Community Enhancement Coordinator

Zeeta Lazore Cayuga

Shé:kon sewakwé:kon! Zeeta yónkyats, Ononta’kehá:ka nì’i. Ohkwá:ri niwaki’tarò:ten tahnon Ohswé:ken nitewaké:no. Onón:takon wa'kená:kere' .

I'm Zeeta and I'm Onondaga from Six Nations. I graduated from Western University with a Honours Specialization in Indigenous Studies. The amazing Onkwehonwe community at Western helped shape who I am today, which is why I am so excited to be able to support our undergraduate and graduate student leaders, and support youth outreach programming! 


Kelly Nicholas, Administrative Assistant

Kelly Nicholas

Tsyolut niyukits, Thayuni niwahkitalot^, Onyota'a:ka niwahkuhutsyot^,Kohslakanen wakaneklatu Shekoli/Greetings. My English name is Kelly Nicholas, I’m wolf clan of the Oneida Nation located southwest of London where I live with my family. I have worked at Western University since 1997 in various capacities within Indigenous Student Centre. I enjoy working with the Indigenous Student Centre Team to offer support and encouragement to all Indigenous Students who have chosen Western as their academic path to learning.


Donna Noah, Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator

Donna Noah

Koolamalsi, my name is Donna and I am bear clan, Lunaapeew from Munsee Delaware Nation. I graduated from Western University in 2018 with an Honors Specialization in First Nations Studies. Prior to attending Western I attended St. Clair College where I obtained a Native Community Worker diploma. During my five years at Western I became very involved in the Indigenous community from being a part of a women’s traditional singing group and a part of the Indigenous Student Association as Cultural Coordinator, along with many other fun and exciting opportunities that are available here at Western and in the Indigenous Student Centre. My time at Western has been a great experience and has given me the tools, knowledge and confidence to pursue my passions and has opened doors to great opportunities. I am looking forward to meeting incoming students and I hope to be a support during your journey here at Western.


Paul Porter, Indigenous Student Recruitment Coordinator

Paul PorterSgę:no, Donda:he ni’gyá:soh. Hnyagwai’ niwasesyaodę. Ganyęgëhono’ nywagöhwęjo:dę. Hi everyone! My name is Paul Porter. I am Mohawk Bear clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. I am currently finishing a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at Western University and am a graduate from Fanshawe College. I have been actively involved with the Indigenous Student Centre throughout my entire Undergraduate studies in various roles such as Mini University, Indigenous Student Association, Indigenous Academic Tutor program and volunteering for many programs offered through the centre. I also try to remain active in my home community by sitting on the Six Nations Youth Council. I greatly enjoy the sciences and volunteering with youth led initiatives and aim to promote pursuit of education in any form. I can’t wait to support future students in the transition to post-secondary education!


Joy SpearChief-Morris, Student Opportunities Coordinator

Joy SpearChief-Morris

Oki, ni tah niko Soopa’ki nimp’oah toot do siikoh’ko toakHello, my name is Joy and I am a member of the Kainai Blood Tribe, in Southern Alberta, Canada. As a Blackfoot woman, I take pride in my strong cultural identity. Upon coming to Western University, it was through the Indigenous Studies department and the Indigenous Student Centre that I was able to find ways to connect with my community back home. Since then, I have had a passion to pursue Indigenous issues in Canada. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in History and Indigenous Studies in 2017 and recently completed my Master's degree in Political Science specializing in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. While at Western, I also competed on the Western Track and Field Team in the sprints and hurdles where I was a multiple-time national medalist and a national champion. My dream is to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 100m hurdles. I am excited to be a part of the community here in the Indigenous Student Centre and I look forward to helping make your experience as a student at Western as rewarding as mine.


Tisha Summers, Art Therapist

Tisha Summers

Art Therapy provides a non-invasive form of psychotherapy. Art Therapy allows for individuals to express their unconscious emotions, traumas, and stressors. Traditionally First Nation people were creative and expressive in many different forms from dancing, music, crafts, and beading. Through intergenerational trauma many of these skills were taken and have recently been reclaimed. Along with art; traditional teachings, ceremonies, and traditional parenting were also lost through historical traumas. Heal Through Love Art Therapy knows the significance of traditional knowledge the understanding of the history, due to own personal lived experience and education, both traditional and western approach.

I have personally practiced art therapy in my life during times of stress and for positive mental health. Art Therapy allows for a release of difficult emotions and trauma's in a way that is non-threatening. Art can be understood by people of different backgrounds, languages, and cultures. Art allows for inclusion of many different people. Art Therapy can be healing, relaxing and comforting when used regularly.


Ashley Kewayosh Samuel

Please note that Ashley is on leave until August 2021.

Ashley Kewayosh Samuel

Waywayni-Boozhoo, I am Great Turtle clan and grew up on Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Unceded Territory.

I am a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. In the past I have taught at the secondary school level. Over the past 20 years I have been working both professionally and on a volunteer basis with various Indigenous organizations, Indigenous youth, as well as with women and children in crisis and in the field of international education. 

I have a passion for helping students and put my heart into supporting them in their university journey. I also support efforts toward making Western an inclusive, welcoming community. I look forward to working with you!