Jerri-Lynn is the Native Access Program Coordinator at Lakehead University in the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. She is Cree/Metis and grew up most of her life in Winnipeg, where she received her Aboriginal Languages Diploma / Bachelor of Arts Geography / Bachelor of Education through a joint program with the University of Winnipeg and Red River College and is a current student at Lakehead University, working on her Master of Education in Indigenous Education. She has facilitated the KAIROS Blanket Exercise for the past 3 years, in the region, along with co-facilitator, Anna Chief. Jerri-Lynn chose to go to university because she wanted to make a better life for her children. She understood what it was like to grow up in poverty and was determined to continue with her educational pursuits. She went back to high school and earned her mature student diploma. Then, she enrolled at the University of Winnipeg and learned that she could be successful even while raising children. Jerri-Lynn's educational experience is something she is proud of and, with her experiences, she is able to inspire and motivate Native Access Program students. Jerri-Lynn realized getting an education would change her life and her perspective of the world. She believes that if she can to it, anyone can!