Valerie Shawinimash is originally from Eabametoong, FN and resides in Thunder Bay. She has been working for Matawa in the Education department as a mental health counsellor since December of 2016. She is a graduate from Laurentian University where she received her Honours Bachelors of Indigenous Social Work. She is also a graduate from Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology from the Social Service Worker program. She is passionate about helping youth and has worked with at-risk and high risk populations.