Georgie Horton Baptiste, President
Georgie is a Saulteaux Anishinaabe Ikwe whose roots come from Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation, but grew up in Bancroft and Peterborough. She is an Electrical CAD Technician and has been a part of the urban Aboriginal community in Nogojiwanong for the past 16 years. She accepted a position on the Board of Directors in May 2015 and has stated that “it’s an honor to be a part of the rebuilding of the Friendship Centre.” Georgie is committed to help make the Friendship Centre a welcoming space for our youth and families. Her other passions are photography and travel, often combining the two which has resulted in a few photo exhibits. When time permits, Georgie hopes to tell the stories of our people through the lens of her camera.
Rae Gibeault, Secretary
Erin Hayward, Director
Erin Hayward-Hill is a Mohawk woman, turtle clan, born and raised in Scarborough Ontario, traditionally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She recently graduated from both Fleming College and Trent University with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Biology. She has been involved in the Urban Indigenous community since the age of 15; became the Youth Director for the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre in June 2015; and hopes to support the urban Aboriginal youth movement in the city of Peterborough. Her interests include studying limnology and water and wastewater management, gardening and seed saving, studying Kanien’keha, hand drumming, sewing and beading, and participating in community events.
David Newhouse, Director
David Newhouse is Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford, Ontario. David has a long history (1970’s to now) in the Friendship Centre Movement, serving on three Friendship Centre Boards, as well as the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the National Association of Friendship Centres. Currently, David is Chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent and an Associate Professor in the Business Administration Program. His research interests focus on the emergence of modern Aboriginal society. He lives with his partner in Peterborough’s Ashburnham Village and is very passionate in giving back to the Friendship Centre and its community in return for opportunities and good training that he had received over the years.
Adam Hopkins, Vice President
Adam Hopkins is Lenape and Anishnaabe from Moraviantown – Delaware Nation in southern Ontario. He’s been a resident of Nogojiwanong since 2003 when he started his studies at Trent University. He spent four years at Trent majoring in Indigenous Studies and then started working at the university as a recruiter. He is now the Director of the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent, where Indigenous student service delivery and sharing Indigenous knowledge across the academy are among his primary responsibilities. Adam has been involved with the Friendship Centre Movement since 2011. Adam states that, “with most of the Indigenous population now living in cities, it can safely be said that Friendship Centres have and will continue to play a big part in developing the urban Aboriginal community.” The Friendship Centre is often looked at as the hub of Indigenous activities in the city, and he is happy and honoured to play a small part at Nogojiwanong.