Visit of Former Grand Chief Abel Bosum and Irene Bosum-Quinn


Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Cree Abel Bosum and his daughter Mrs. Irene Bosum-Quinn visited John Abbott College on March 24 for a tour of the campus facilities and a discussion of John Abbott programs.

Abel Bosum has been a significant figure in Cree political and community life for over four decades. Mr. Bosum and Mrs. Bosum-Quinn are interested in facilitating and encouraging the recruitment and retention of Cree students for John Abbott, in conjunction with the community’s Elders and its education sector.

Our guests toured the Nursing, Paramedic Care, Police Technology, and YACI areas, followed by informative discussions with Nursing teachers Kim Martin, Samantha Cadotte, and Polina Belts, Jeffery Brown of Paramedic Care, Anila Hasko of Dental Hygiene, Anne-Marie Gremeaux of Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention, Police Technology teacher Jean-Marc Michaud, and Dean of the Career, Pathways, and Crossroads Programs Douglas Brown, as well as with Crossroads coordinator Lisa Szabo-Jones, ReconciliAction Committee chairperson Derek Maisonville, and Academic Dean Gordon Brown.

Mr. Bosum and Mrs. Bosum-Quinn ended their visit in our Indigenous Student Resource Centre with a friendly discussion with students and the Centre’s technician Laea Morris and manager Roxanne Dupuis.

In photo:
Front row (from left to right): Polina Belts (Nursing), Kim Martin (Nursing), Anila Hasko (Dental Hygiene), Irene Bosum-Quinn, Abel Bosum, Anne‑Marie Gremeaux (Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention) and Roxanne Dupuis (Manager of Housing and the Indigenous Student Resource Centre), and Lisa Szabo-Jones (Coordinator of Crossroads Program)
Back row (from left to right): Gordon Brown (Academic Dean), Samantha Cadotte (Nursing), Jeffery Brown (Paramedic Care), Jean-Marc Michaud (Police Technology), Derek Maisonville (Chairperson, ReconciliAction Committee), and Douglas Brown (Dean of the Career, Pathways, and Crossroads Programs)

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