Charisse is Anishnaabe Kwe from Beausoliel First Nation and belongs to the Marten Clan. Her Anishnnabe name is Mushk Ode, or "Strong Heart". She has worked at Laurier since 2004 in various departments. Currently, she is Co-ordinator for the MSW, Aboriginal Field of Study at the Faculty of Social Work. Along with balancing work and being a mother to four children, she also is part-time student at Laurier and is expects to graduate in 2014 with a General Arts degree. She participates in many different traditional ceremonies: naming ceremonies, smudging, fasting camps and so on. She is a strong advocate in revitalizing the Anishnaabe language by helping to organize and facilitate a week long language camp in her home community. She shares, "Laurier's sense of community is what drew me here and kept me to be part of the Laurier community all these years."
Co-ordinator: Aboriginal Field of Study,
AFS, Social Work- Kitchener Campus