Our Staff

Melanie Osmack

Executive Director

Melanie Osmack is a 3rd generation settler of Northern European descent with Cree ancestry on her mother’s side. She lives with her family as a guest on the unceded and continuously occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, B.C. With a deep commitment to improving health outcomes for Indigenous communities across Canada, Melanie brings extensive experience and expertise to her role in the areas of policy development, advocacy, and community engagement. She believes in fostering meaningful relationships and partnerships which in turn allows IPAC to increase capacity and better serve its members. Melanie represents IPAC at the national level, while ensuring that our work is in line with our values and strategic priorities. On a personal level, she has a strong connection to her family and nature, spending her free time connecting with her loved ones and exploring the outdoors.
 
You can contact Melanie at Melanie.Osmack@ipacamic.ca.

 

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Kayla Knelsen

Finance and HR Manager

Kayla is Métis from Manitoba. She grew up in a small rural community 35 minutes south of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She now lives in St. Malo, Manitoba, which is located on Treaty 1 Territory, in the rural municipality of De Salaberry with her husband, two children and two dogs.
Kayla has worked in the health care field as a health care aide and as a support worker to adults with intellectual disabilities. For the last 9 years she has worked in finance for both a non-profit organization and a for-profit company. She is excited to join the IPAC team as Administrative and Finance Coordinator.
In her free time she enjoys watching racing, camping and participating in ATV derby’s with friends and family.

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Kris Reppas

Membership and Mentorship Manager

Kris Reppas (he/him) is Trans/Two-Spirit Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on his mother’s side and Macedonian/Mixed settler descent on his father’s side. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Haudenasaunee and the Anishnaabe peoples. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree through the World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE) program at Queen’s University. Kris comes from a strong background in student advocacy/organizing and actively seeks to address and eliminate all barriers to post secondary education. He is excited to continue this work with IPAC to ensure our members are excited and supported throughout their academic and professional journeys. In his free time, Kris enjoys long roadtrips, beading, and spending time with his loved ones. You can contact Kris at kris.reppas@ipacamic.ca.

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Rochelle Mathieu

Event and Administrative Coordinator

Rochelle is mixed European descent from Calgary, Alberta. After several moves around British Columbia and Alberta, she currently resides with her partner in Strathmore, Alberta where she is grateful to live, work and play as a guest on unceded Treaty 7 Territories and Region 3 Métis land of Southern Alberta. Rochelle has a certificate in Medical Office Administration; Social Work: Policy, Practice and Procedure; and Event Planning and Management. She has a background in caregiving, and as a family service support worker for both adults and children with diverse needs. In the past several years she has gained both experience and education in event planning and coordination, as well as general management and event management. In her spare time Rochelle likes to travel, cook, and spend time with family.

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Stacey Chicoine

Communications & Administrative Coordinator

Stacey (she/her) is Métis on her father’s side and mixed white settler on her mother’s side. Additionally, her family roots extend to the Māori, the Indigenous people of Mainland New Zealand. She is a mother of four—two children and two cats.
With over a decade of administrative expertise in non-profit administration and engagement with settler organizations, she actively amplifies the Indigenous voice, emphasizing healing and justice.

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🌟 Introducing our new IPAC Board of Directors! 🌟  From left to right:
Shelley Young - Student Director
Dr. Brent Young - Treasurer
Dr. Jamaica Cass - Secretary
Dr. Ryan Giroux - Physician Director
Dr. Tina Nash - Resident Director
Dr. Ojistoh Horn - President
Dr. Alexa Lesperance - Vice-President  Join us in welcoming our new leaders Together, we are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. 🌿✨ #IPAC2024 #boardofdirectors #indigenoushealth #indigenousleadership #indigenousmedicine
We experienced both joyful and bittersweet moments at our IPAC Annual Gathering. Our heartfelt thanks go to President Dr. Mandy Buss and Vice President Dr. Mike Dumont, who have stepped down from the IPAC Board of Directors. Their wisdom, love, and knowledge have greatly impacted our Board and the entire organization. We love you both. Here’s a little goodbye video from them. ❤️ #Leadership #Gratitude #Community #ThankYou #Inspiration #ipac2024
There are over 60 mentors available to take you under their wing
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🚨 Notice 🚨
We'll be closed for our Annual Gathering from Wednesday, July 10th at 2 PM CST to Friday, July 12th. We'll reopen on Monday, July 15th. Stay posted for gathering highlights and updates! ✨  #AnnualGathering  #SeeYouSoon
IPAC Board of Directors election happens Friday, July 12, and time is quickly approaching!  Are you passionate about making a difference in Indigenous health? Now's your chance to shine! 🌿  🔍 We’re on the lookout for dedicated and visionary leaders for the roles of:
Physician Director
Resident Director
Student Director  Join us in our mission to positively impact the social determinants of Indigenous health. If you or someone you know has the drive and commitment to lead and inspire, we want to hear from you!  For more information, please visit: https://ipacamic.ca/agm/
#IndigenousHealth #Leadership #HealthEquity #SocialDeterminantsofHealth #MakeADifference #healthcareleaders
🎉 Wishing all amazing residents the best of luck with your residency year! 🌟 Your hard work and dedication are truly inspiring. Here's to a year of growth, learning, and incredible achievements. You've got this! 💪 #ResidencyYear #FutureLeaders #IPACFamily
Our time together in Halifax is right around the corner! This month we will explore the teachings of Ji'kmaqn and Kojua. The Ji'kmaqn is a traditional Mi'kmaq instrument, and Kojua is a traditional Mi'kmaq dance.  Join us as we delve into these rich cultural traditions! 🌿🎶💃
https://youtu.be/HavHoy3LPqc?si=glDVTpl55cCv-eye  #TraditionalTeachings #HalifaxGathering #CulturalHeritage #IndigenousLearning
🌟 We are ten days away from our Elections! 🌟  Are you passionate about making a difference in Indigenous health? Now's your chance to shine! 🌿  🔍 We’re on the lookout for dedicated and visionary leaders for the roles of:  Physician Director
Resident Director
Student Director
Join us in our mission to positively impact the social determinants of Indigenous health. If you or someone you know has the drive and commitment to lead and inspire, we want to hear from you!  For more information, please visit: https://ipacamic.ca/agm/  #IndigenousHealth #Leadership #Elections #makeadifference
That's a wrap!  Registration for IPAC's 2024 Annual Gathering is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who signed up – we can't wait to see you in Halifax for an unforgettable event at @dalhousieu! 🎉✈️ #SeeYouInHalifax #Halifax  #dalhousieu
📣 Just a friendly reminder: We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 1. 
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe long weekend! 🥳🌞
@fmwc_canada is celebrating their 100th Anniversary AGM & Conference! 🎉 Join them Sept. 27-28 in Ottawa at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.  Hear from Dr. Jane Philpott, André Picard, Dr. Kathleen Ross, and Dr. Theresa Tam. Early Bird discount of 20% until June 30th! Details and registration at FMWC2024.com
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