Marissa Lawrence

Senior Program Officer - CEDI - Western Region

Marissa comes to Cando with a rich background of designing and convening community-bridging intercultural dialogue and educational programming on topics ranging from democratic engagement, regional economic opportunity and citizen entrepreneurship, to reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Over the past few years, Marissa worked with Reconciliation Canada where at a senior management level, developed and maintained strategic partnerships with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, governments, and organizations, and managed the design and delivery of Reconciliation Canada’s national public programming.

From her experience working directly with municipalities and First Nations on jointly-led reconciliation and relationship-building initiatives, Marissa understands the complexities of reconciliation and relations between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. With this, she is compelled to work towards increased education, reciprocal and respectful relationships and the reduction of barriers, towards the creation of equitable opportunities for all peoples.

Marissa is elated to join Cando and the CEDI team as the CEDI Senior Program Officer – Western Region.


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