Aboriginal Alumni Stories: Tina Copenance (MSW '13)
Tina Copenace is a member from Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining First Nation from the Kenora area. Presently, Copenace works for the National Defense of Canada working with Inuit, Metis, and Aboriginal people in the regional program. She completed the Master of Social Worker program in Aboriginal Field of Study with Wilfrid Laurier University in June 2013.
Copenace left her home and family to attend full-time studies in Kitchener-Waterloo. Copenace faced many challenges coming from a small town to a large urban setting. She stayed connected to community Elders and participated in events held by Laurier's Aboriginal Student Centre at Albert Street.
Copenace has a background in Indigenous studies and has worked for various social services organizations in her career. She has served on various boards/committee, including: Amikkowiish Housing, Child Find Canada, Thomas Aquinas High School Parent Council, Triple Play and many grassroots First Nation committees in Ontario. She is former president of Four Directions Toastmasters and former area governor for Toastmasters International Area 22.