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2020 Cando Conference
October 20-21 & 27-28

Proposed Conference Overview

Cando’s 27th Annual National Conference & AGM, will be held virtually. The continued support from Conference stakeholders provides Cando with the opportunity to host a quality virtual event by delivering tools, resources, training and network opportunities
for Economic Development Officers, members, stakeholders, and friends.

The 2020 virtual Conference will continue to include two showcase panels: The National Youth Panel and the Women in Business Panel. In addition there will with an Agriculture/Agrifoods Panel and a Government Procurement Panel plus a variety of
topical workshops and presentations to empower EDOs and Lands Managers.
This year’s virtual conference promises to again provide delegates with valuable information on working in the field of Indigenous community economic development, as well as to incorporate a unique cultural perspective that is not often seen in pan-Indigenous gatherings. The conference features the following:

Conference Agenda

Conference Pricing


More 2020 Cando Conference Information!


L2L Webinar Series Banner

The L2L Webinar Series launches October 2020!

Successful land management and economic development initiatives are key to building healthy, thriving Indigenous communities. Links to Learning (L2L) is developing a virtual training series that provides a wide range of learning opportunities for Economic Development Officers (EDOs) and Lands Management Officers (LMOs).

Building on its established model from many years of hosting and refining the physical Links to Learning forums held in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba since 2013, Cando has created the L2L Webinar Series to continue the work of building capacity for EDOs and the Indigenous communities they serve.

The goal of Links to Learning has always been to deliver a dynamic technical training forum for EDOs and LMOs to enhance their ability to undertake successful lands and economic development ventures for Indigenous communities. The L2L Webinar Series will focus on knowledge sharing and skills enhancement among practitioners at the community level. Please see list of topics and subject matter to be delivered during the L2L Webinar Series.

The L2L Webinar Series will include weekly scheduled delivery of virtual workshops, presentations and panels led by experts in a range of Indigenous economic and land development related disciplines unique to the region. Each of the four (4) streams will be customized to address issues and learning relevant to the region.

In addition, the L2L Webinar Series will deliver two Accredited Training courses that can be used to earn course credits towards Cando’s TAED Certification or PAED re-Certification.

Check it out current courses being offered here.

Plus there will be opportunities for dialogue and networking. 

Download L2L Webinar Series Poster

Links to Learning Site


Cando currently offering three Accredited Training Courses

Cando offers professional development, and in some regions accredited training, at our Links to Learning events across the country. These conferences are tailored to each region’s EDO preference/expressed need.


National Conference:
Accredited Training towards TAED Certification

Competency 1: Aboriginal Law & Policies
ACED-220 - First Nations Law and Community Economic Development
Instructor: Koren Lightning Earle
Date: October 26, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm MST

Course Details
ACED 220 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nations Law and Economic Development. The student will learn about constitutional law, case law, and public policy. This course will discuss the concepts of self-government and also of community development. Analysis will include studying the Indian Act and also studying contemporary economic initiatives. In addition, this course will discuss the communities' control over services, creation of corporations, and economic development. Systemic issues such as historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations will be studied. This course will provide a historical understanding of contemporary events as well as current legal and political developments.


WED - Links to Learning & Procurement Webinar
Accredited Training towards TAED Certification

Competency 11: Aboriginal Business Development & Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Morgan Bamford, Contract Instructor, NVIT
Date: November 3, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm MST

Course Details
ACED 120 introduces students to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Students examine the concepts, activities and new ways to meet the needs and demands of entrepreneurs. There will be a focus on opportunities for venture development in Aboriginal communities.


WED - Links to Learning & Procurement Webinar
Accredited Training towards TAED Certification

Competency 7: Project Management
Instructor: Morgan Bamford, Contract Instructor, NVIT
Date: January 12, 2021
Time: 9: 00am – 3:00pm MST

Course Details
Examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience.

Check it out current courses being offered here.

Cando kickstarts pandemic taskforce unifying Indigenous organizations

By Sam Laskaris
Cando Contributor

There’s no denying the pandemic has forced people throughout the world to change their lifestyles and ways of thinking.

One of the positives, however, has been the creation of the Indigenous Business COVID-19 Response Taskforce.

This initiative was brought forth by officials from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), the organization that promotes economic development in Indigenous communities throughout Canada.

Besides Cando, the taskforce, supported by Indigenous Services Canada, includes seven other organizations. They are the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), Assembly of First Nations, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, National Indigenous Economic Development Board and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

The purpose of the taskforce is to bring together First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations to provide the federal government with one Indigenous business voice during the pandemic.

Keith Matthew

And its goals include providing analysis on Indigenous businesses and communities so the government can assist with proper support as well as assembling the Indigenous supply chain to take part in calls for manufacturing and distribution of medical equipment and supplies.

“It’s historic that these organizations are working together,” said Cando president Keith Matthew said. “In my mind that’s very notable.”

Some of the organizations in the taskforce had talked about working together dating back to early 2019. The thinking then was to combine forces and collectively seek federal funding, instead of doing so individually.

The pandemic and its ensuing impacts heightened the need for some sort of Indigenous taskforce involving various organizations.

“We saw an opportunity to work together and we reached out to the feds,” Matthew said. “We said (Cando would) be happy to act as the catalyst.”

Read more: news/indigenous-business-covid-19-response-taskforce


COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports

Cando hopes that everyone reading this, along with their loved ones, is safe and healthy. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate and evolve, Cando continues to closely monitor the situation and is taking preventative measures to ensure business continuity and service while prioritizing the health of our employees.

As a precautionary measure, as of March 16 the majority of Cando staff will be transitioning to remote/work-from-home.  During the next 4 weeks, the Cando office will remain open but with a reduced staff level.  

Cando will maintain all of our member services, webinars and program commitment with our office staff as well as with Cando staff working remotely from their homes.

In addition, Cando has ended all staff travel for the next 4 weeks and will utilize teleconferencing to maintain our contact with partners and clients.

Cando will continue to monitor this situation and follow the advice and recommendations of provincial and federal health authorities. We plan to continue service to our members and our clients/partners with minimal impact.    


CEDI Newest Community Graduates

CEDI’s Newest Graduates: Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, the Township of Selwyn, Peterborough Economic Development, County of Peterborough, and Township of Otonabee South Monaghan (ON)

Front Row CHOPS

Merissa Lawrence
Senior Program Officer - CEDI - Cando

Over the course of three years, the Treaty 20 – Peterborough County CEDI partnership consisting of six partners: two First Nations, two townships, a County, and an economic development corporation has accomplished a lot together. Since this partnership has recently graduated, the CEDI team celebrates their accomplishments together and is pleased to share more information on one of their joint community economic development initiatives, an online GIS consultation tool.

Through a collaborative approach, this partnership’s Planning and Consultation Working Group, composed of staff from Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan, Hiawatha First Nation, Township of Selwyn, Curve Lake First Nation and the County of Peterborough, developed an idea for an online GIS consultation tool to assist local planners in determining consultation triggers for Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.  

The goal of the tool is not only to heighten and clearly demonstrate when consultation is required for Planning Act applications, but to also assist with the review capacity of staff of Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations by vetting those applications that do not require consultation.

Signing Accord CHOPSThe need for change in the consultation process was first identified by Julie Kapyrka, Consultation Liaison at Curve Lake First Nation. She shared grievances at the first CEDI Joint Workshop about how the First Nations were not on the County’s Official Plan Technical Advisory Committee and that the Planning Act stated that First Nations were to be consulted only if development was within 1 km of a First Nation. The First Nations wanted to be consulted and engaged on all development within the Treaty 20 area, as all the community partners are within the boundaries of Treaty 20.

The County has since formally extended invitations to Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations to join the County’s Official Plan Technical Advisory Committee and has embraced open discussion on relationship building and development with the CEDI partners.

Read more:

Cando releases 2019 Conference videos...

 26th Annual Conference Hi-Lights Video:

Economic Developer of the Year Awards Video:


National Youth Panel Video:


Women in Business Panel Video:


Starting in 2020!
NIEEF partners with CIBC to create
Indigenous Scholarship Program
delivered by Indspire

This new initiative will provide $44,000 in awards
annually for four (4) years.

Many of the awards provide funds to a student over multiple years.

Application deadlines:
February 1 - August 1 - November 1

More information:




NIEEF Scholarship Recipients announced for 2019

Kiera Kowalski - Metis student has more confidence thanks to scholarship

Kiera Kowalski NIEEF Though she’s now working on her second post-secondary program Kiera Kowalski is still uncertain what career path to pursue.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure,” Kowalski said when asked what career she’d like to have. “My mind changes quite frequently.”

But Kowalski, a 22-year-old who is Metis, believes she would like a job that involves some type of Indigenous-based education or development.

Kowalski, who grew up in northwestern Ontario town of Fort Frances, graduated earlier this year from Ottawa’s Carleton University. Her degree, with combined honours, was in Journalism and Communication Studies.

Heading into her fourth and final year of that program, however, Kowalski knew she was interested in pursuing additional education.

That’s because in the summer of 2018 she spent a summer in Yukon. She was one of 20 students participating in the Stories North initiative.

This program allowed students to learn about truth and reconciliation, self-governance and Indigenous issues. Students met various chiefs, former leaders and residential school survivors.

Read Kiera's story

Taylor Wilson - Cree student wins scholarship for second consecutive year

 Taylor WilsonEvery little bit helps.

That’s the attitude taken by Taylor Wilson, who’s in her second and final year of the Master’s in Development Practice program offered at the University of Winnipeg.

The program, which focuses on Indigenous development, is a costly one as tuition is $22,000 per year.

It’s also why Wilson, a member of Manitoba’s Fisher River Cree Nation, sought out as much financial assistance as she could.

A year ago she was fortunate to be one of the three recipients of a National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) scholarship. Each winner received $2,000 via Cando, the organization that promotes economic development in Indigenous communities across Canada.

Despite winning the scholarship in 2018, a guidance conselor at the University of Winnipeg suggested to Taylor to send in another application this year.

As it turned out, the 25-year-old was once again selected as one of the three scholarship recipients for 2019.

“I was surprised to win it again,” she said. “I was encouraged to apply again but I was told not to get my hopes up.”

Taylor was recognized at the Cando Conference, which was held Oct. 27-30 in Gatineau, Quebec.

Read Taylor's Story


Patrick Twinn - Scholarship helps offset travel costs to B.C. for Alberta student


Patrick Twinn NIEEFThough he already has a post-secondary diploma, a degree and a decent job, Patrick Twinn is continuing to further his education.

Twinn, a member of Alberta’s Sawridge First Nation, is currently working on his Master of Business Administration in Indigenous Business and Leadership through Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University (SFU).

“For me the journey of learning is never ending,” said Twinn, a 33-year-old who lives in Edmonton. “I want to keep supporting Indigenous communities in any capacity I can.”

Twinn incurs some hefty costs to be part of the SFU program. While he is able to complete many of his necessary readings and assignments at home, the program requires him to attend 10 intakes in Vancouver, each one last between one to two weeks, during the course of the 26-month program.

“There are significant travel costs and expenses associated with that,” he said.

For starters, round-trip flights from Edmonton to Vancouver cost about $500 each time he is required to travel. And hotel prices range between $150-$200 per night, depending on a whether it is a busy travel season.

That’s why Twinn was rather pleased to hear he’s one of three recipients this year of a National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEFF) scholarship. Each winner is awarded $2,000 through Cando, the national organization that promotes economic development in Indigenous communities across Canada.

“For myself it’s a huge support,” Twinn said of his scholarship.

Twinn is halfway through his program, having completed five of his required 10 intakes. His program will continue until the fall of 2020.

Read Patrick's Story


CEDI In The News! 

Fort William First Nation - Thunder Bay CEDI Partnership
They are celebrating their 'graduation' from CEDI are getting ready to start their joint work on developing the Fort William Industrial Park with confirmation of funding from ISC to implement the initial joint plan (feasibility, marketing etc.) for this long term joint project that will bring mutual economic development benefits to the region.

A reception was Friday, Nov. 22 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay for elected officials and staff from Fort William First Nation, City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Corporation and other stakeholders and dignitaries to honour this partnership.

We are very proud of their partnership and where it is going in the future.

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Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and the City of Vernon 
The CEDI partnership of Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and the City of Vernon are featured in a recently released case study in the 'Pathways to Collaboration' series, which is a joint initiative of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the Province of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit with funding from the Indigenous Business & Investment Council (IBIC). This series aims to showcase the growing number of successful economic development collaborations and partnerships between First Nations and local governments, while highlighting lessons learned and key steps to success.

Download Case Study 

Six partners sign historic Friendship Accord in southeastern Ontario

Accord signing

By Sam Laskaris
Cando Contributor

A pair of First Nations from central Ontario were among a half dozen partners who joined forces to sign a Friendship Accord.

Laurie Carr and Emily Whetung, the chiefs of the Hiawatha First Nation and the Curve Lake First Nation, respectively, were two of the individuals who signed the accord called Ezhi-Wiijikiwendiyang.

In Anishanaabemowin this term roughly translates into ‘How we are friends.’

The signing of the accord was held on Nov. 2 at the Lang Pioneer Village in Keene, Ont., located near Peterborough.

Read more!

Congratulations to the 2019 Economic Developer of the Year Finalists!

The winners will be selected by the Cando Conference delegates after presentations from each of the finalists. Winners will be announced at the Presidents Dinner the evening of October 30th.

Individual EDO Category

Community Category

Indigenous Private Sector Business Category

2019 Women In Business Panel

Each year Cando selects four panelists to form the Women in Business Panel, one of the signature events at the Cando Annual National Conference which will be held in Gatineau, QC from October 27-30, 2019. Through this annual panel, Cando highlights and recognizes the significant impact that Indigenous women entrepreneurs have on the Canadian economy.  Four panelists from across Canada will share their experiences of being a woman in business.

2019 Women In Business Panel


Victoria LaBilloisVictoria LaBillois
Wejipeg Excavation

A Mi’gmaq entrepreneur from Listuguj, Quebec, Victoria owns Wejipeg Excavation; owns rental properties; co-owns Wejuseg Construction, and is an active partner in other joint ventures. Victoria served the Indigenous public service, working at the Band, regional and national levels.  She holds both a BA and MBA from the UNB Fredericton. Coach to many, Victoria serves as mentor for the Coady International Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership and New Brunswick’s JEDI Aboriginal Business Accelerator Program. Victoria is bilingual and actively learning Mi’gmaq. Victoria is the go-to MC for community events, and member of a woman’s hand drum group, sharing ancestral songs. A proud alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference; Victoria spent time examining Northern Ontario issues and exploring relationships between leadership and community. Victoria currently serves as a board member of the Listuguj economic development commission, the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Business Corporation and the National Indigenous Economic Development Board.

Read Victoria's Story


Jolene JohnsonJolene Johnson
Wabanaki Maple

Jolene Johnson (Previously Laskey) is the CEO & President of Wabanaki Maple. Wabanaki Maple is a 100% Indigenous Female owned company with a unique set of barrel aged maple syrup products. Jolene has an extensive experience (just over 18 years) in the culinary field ranging from food preparation and service to senior management. She also has worked extensively in forest management, from pruning, planting, fertilizing and harvesting, this work has kept her grounded and in touch with her roots and will always be one of her favourite work experiences. In 2013 Jolene took the initiative to establish and operate her own construction company, in doing so she was the first female entrepreneur on Tobique First Nation in that industry sector. Now that her company is progressing well, she has set her eyes upon entering the maple transformation business (developing and marketing value added Maple products). Most recently Jolene has been featured on CBC and Global TV Halifax and was the Grand Prize Winner for the 2019 FedEx Small Business Competition out of over 3000 applications across the country.

Read Jolene's Story


Marie photoMarie St-Gelais
Ashini Consultants

Ms. St-Gelais is an Innu civil engineer from Pessamit and has 13 years of experience as a manager, project manager and design engineer. She has worked in mining, construction, and Aboriginal communities. Her previous experience has led her to develop a strong expertise in engineering management, project management, tender preparation and management, contract administration and structure and civil engineering design. Ms. St-Gelais is a LEED Eco Associate and has knowledge in the design of bridges, steel and wood building frames, civil engineering works and the environmental aspects. Since 2016, she has been managing Ashini Consultants, coordinating engineering and construction projects and ensuring the company's development. She also recently graduates a 2nd cycle program in Wood Material Use in Construction and is currently pursuing a graduate program in Aboriginal Management at ENAP.

Read Marie's Story


MalloryMallory Graham
Tribal Trade Co.


Mallory Graham is an anishinaabe-kwe, born and raised in her home community of Curve Lake First Nation. She completed her Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. After competing in a New Venture Creation business pitch competition and winning the KPMG Award in Entrepreneurship, for RezPoints Rewards, Mallory launched the coalition loyalty program for her parents' businesses in Curve Lake. Mallory founded Tribal Trade Co (formerly known as in 2013 - an online retail store with a brick and mortar location in Curve Lake, offering contemporary indigenous products including lifestyle clothing, footwear, accessories, and giftware. Tribal Trade is 100% female-indigenous owned and operated business aimed to foster inclusion of all indigenous people who wish to proudly represent their heritage. With 15+ years of experience in small business and 7+ years as a marketing freelancer, Mallory currently works with small businesses to develop and execute their digital marketing strategies, while fostering the continued growth of Tribal Trade.

Read Mallory's Story 

2019 National Youth Panelists announced!

The National Youth Panel will be brought forth in an effort to showcase Indigenous youth. Each year Cando selects six Indigenous youth participants to form the National Youth Panel, a signature event at the Annual National Conference. The selections for the National Youth Panel are based on their strengths, initiatives, accomplishments, entrepreneurial spirit, and participation within their communities.

2019 - National Youth Panel 

AlexandraAlexandra Jarrett
Canoe Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

Alexandra Jarrett is a young Indigenous woman from Eagles Lake First Nation & Canoe Lake Cree First Nation. Alexandra was born in Meadow Lake, SK, and currently resides in Saskatoon, SK. 

Read Alexandra's story




Aubrey-AnneAubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias
Canoe Lake Cree First Nation, Saskatchewan

Aubrey-Anne Laura Laliberte-Pewapisconias is a 20-year old Cree woman from Treaty 10 Territory with Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and Treaty 6 Territory with Little Pine First Nation. She is a third-year commerce student at the University of Saskatchewan currently pursuing a major in Finance at Edwards School of Business.

Read Aubrey-Anne's story



NipawiNipâwi Kakinoosit
Sucker Creek First  Nation, Alberta

Nipawi Mahihkan Misit Kakinoosit is a Nehiyaw (Cree) from the Sucker Creek Frist Nation in Northern Alberta and was born and raised in Prince George, BC. He is also an adopted member of Musqueam Indian Band (Coast Salish) and Elsipogtog First Nation (Mi’kmaq).

Read Nipawi's story



RyanRyan Oliverius
Okanagan Indian Band, British Columbia

Ryan Oliverius is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band in Vernon, British Columbia. Ryan is the youngest member on council for the Okanagan Indian Band. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and is the first in his family to graduate from post-secondary. Ryan double majored in Marketing and New Venture while at TRU.

Read Ryan's story



DestineeDestinee Peter
Carry the Kettle Nakoda First Nation, Saskatchewan

Destinee is the current owner and operator of Tangles Hair and Beauty Salon.  Tangles is a full-service Hair and Beauty Salon. She has a full line of hair and beauty products to address every clients’ needs. She started doing her own accounting to pay all bills and track all revenue and also did her own payroll and made sure all deductions and taxes were submitted on time, but since she has expanded, she now contracts all accounting services.  Destinee is responsible for 7 female employees and make schedules for adequate coverage for Tangles.  

Read Destinee's story


ChanelleChanelle Smoke
Alderville First Nation, Ontario

Mnidoo Migizi Chanelle Smoke, Bear Clan, of Alderville First Nation, as a National Youth Panelist. Chanelle has shown herself to be a leader not only within our school board here at Kawartha Pine-Ridge DSB, but also within her community. From an early age, Chanelle has had the wellbeing of others foremost in her mind. She is currently enrolled in the paramedic program at Loyalist College.

Read Chanelle's story



Resource site provides A to Z details of starting and running a co-op

By Sam Laskaris
Cando Contributor

Dan Mathews

Starting up a co-op can be a rather onerous challenge.

But a resource site titled Co-op Creator, which was launched earlier this year, is helping make that task a little bit easier.

Dan Matthews, Manager of Strategy and Communications for Co-operatives First

The site, which can be accessed for free at, is managed and maintained by officials from Co-operatives First, a Saskatoon-based organization whose mandate includes to help Indigenous and rural communities prosper.

“In the co-op sector there’s nothing out there like it,” Dan Matthews, the manager of strategy and communications for Co-operatives First said of the Co-op Creator site. “It’s definitely unique.”

The site includes information on whether the co-op model is the best route to take, incorporating, business planning and financing.

“We wanted to have from A to Z how to start and get a co-op up and running,” Matthews said. “That was the driving force behind this.”

Thus far there have been glowing reviews about the site.

“There’s been really a very positive response from the co-op sector and those that have been using it,” Matthews said.

Co-operatives First officials are also pleased with the number of individuals who are accessing their site.

“We probably have 20 users a day,” Matthews said. “It’s a pretty niche thing. Having 20 (visitors) a day is pretty good for now.”

Though there is tons of information available on the site covering various topics, Matthews himself finds a particular resource extremely useful.

Read more: news/co-operatives-first-co-op-creator


Pelican Narros Co-ops First

Co-operatives First representatives are available to meet with those considering the co-op model such as at this community engagement event in Pelican Narrows, Sask.

Western Canadian organization promotes and supports co-op business development

By Sam Laskaris
Contributing Writer

As its name suggests, Co-operatives First continues to be a rather co-operative organization.

The Saskatoon-based organization, now in its third year of existence, provides information for all those who are considering the co-op model.

“A large part of our mandate is education and support,” said Dan Matthews, who is Co-operatives First’s manager of strategy and communications.

The organization’s priority is to increase economic development through promoting and supporting co-op business development in Indigenous communities and rural areas across the country’s four western provinces; British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

But Co-operatives First’s online resources and services are available to those in other parts of the country.

Co-operatives First is funded by the Co-operative Retailing System and Federated Co-operatives Limited.

Co-operatives First works in partnership with various businesses and organizations that are starting up. While officials from these businesses and groups generally have a good grasp of how things work, Co-operatives First representatives are available to provide guidance and various resource tools to assist with any start-up decisions.

Co-operatives First can also provide a relationship manager to focus solely on a group or business that explores the co-op model. After all, starting up a co-op can be an arduous challenge with some confusing processes, which can obviously be made easier with the assistance of those in the know.

Co-operatives First employees are also available to assist with feasibility studies and business plans.

Read more: news/co-operatives-first-supports-business-development


Remembering Cynthia Bertolin

Cynthia Bertolin

It is with profound sadness that Cando has learned of the passing of Cynthia Bertolin.

Cynthia was a key part of the Cando family for many years serving as Cando Executive Director from the late 1990's through 2002.

Cando extends its condolences to Cynthia's family and friends and we wish them comfort and peace during this very difficult time.


Read obituary here.