Joanne’s name is “Iy’imelwit”, meaning blanket of strength which was given to her in a Squamish Naming Ceremony. Her Anishinaabe Spirit name is “Sound of Thunderbird Speaking”. ln May 2018 at a potlatch in Alert Bay she was given the name “Mulladie” by her Isaac family. She is very honored to carry these names to represent all her relations in a good way.
Her parents are Agnes Stone (past elected chief) and the late Francis Stone (also past elected chief) who were both her inspiration from Michipicoten First Nation in northern Ontario, her father attended Spanish Boys Residential School which makes her the first generation out of Residential School.
Joanne is a registered member of the Squamish Nation in West Vancouver and resides on the Capilano Reserve with her beautiful daughter Cascade who is 19 years old and attending a dual degree program at UBC BB+Master’s in Management. She is her miracle baby and her greatest teacher.
Some highlights of Joanne’s career are being appointed as Justice of the Peace for the Province of Ontario as one of the youngest First Nations appointed combined with being the Marriage commissioner appointed at age of 22, receiving the Vancouver award titled “Women of Distinction, in Education, Training and Development” by YWCA 2008, carrying the 2010 Olympic Torch and being in Education for over 35 years. She believed in education as a steppingstone, around 10 years old she operated her own Red School House on reserve. Her dad encouraged her to be a teacher and run her own homework club for her relations. Joanne was the only one to graduate from grade 12 in her community at the time, and then to go to post-secondary at 17 years old and leave her community of 50 people She graduated from Simon Fraser University with her Executive MBA, Master’s in Business & Leadership in 2018.
Prior to going back to school Joanne was volunteering 30 hours per month as a personal coach/Facilitator for Choices International. She is a strong believer in giving back and assisting people in finding their purpose in life. “My purpose in life is that l am a passionate woman who opens doors by encouraging others to follow their dreams”. Joanne volunteered by taking in two teenage girls from Northern Youth Abroad program (NWT) and have them live with her family during the summer to gain new experiences. Live your PURPOSE!
Joanne is very excited to begin this new journey, it is a career change from Education to the financial world, but she believes change is good. Do what you LOVE, share you GIFTS!