Meet the Team

Derek Thunder - Manager, Aboriginal Services

Derek Thunder - Manager, Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre Programs and Services

Derek Thunder is from Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. He began working at NAIT’s Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre in August of 2009, and brings a wealth of experience, working with First Nations people, to his role as Manager of Aboriginal Services.

Derek is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has been a presenter to the National Dreamcatcher Aboriginal Youth Conference. He has also worked with the Canadian Indigenous Language Literacy Development Institute, the Ben Calf Robe Society and Native Counselling Services of Alberta.

Camille Louis - Aboriginal Liaison Specialist

Camille Louis - Aboriginal Liaison Specialist

Camille Louis is from Montana First Nation in Maskwacîs, Alberta. Camille has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design from the University of Alberta. She has also worked in various roles with Aboriginal people, organizations and communities. Camille stays connected to her Cree culture and enjoys staying involved in the Aboriginal community.

Camille began working in the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre in September of 2014, at first in Administration and then as a Service Advisor in 2015.

Dawn Lameman - Administrative Assistant

Dawn Lameman - Aboriginal Liaison Specialist

Dawn Lameman is from Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, and is a NAIT alumni who graduated from the JR Shaw School of Business with an Accounting Diploma in 2011 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2016. Dawn started at the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre in September 2016, one year after being hired as the centre's first Peer Mentor.

Dawn was often the first person that people see when they come into the centre as the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre Support and was promoted to the Aboriginal Liaison Specialist position in March of 2022. She is always very friendly and encouraging towards those she works with and is a NAIT ambassador who credits her student experience at NAIT for helping her reconnect with her culture.

Sharyn Cree

Sharyn Cree - Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre Support

Sharyn Cree is from Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. Sharyn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Growing up in her community before moving to Edmonton has allowed Sharyn to stay in touch with her Cree culture and traditions. Sharyn is the first welcoming, smiling face people see when they come into the Centre.

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