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Credit River Métis Council Members

Debra Keaney


Debra Keaney, President for the Credit River Métis Council was born and raised in Toronto and currently resides in Oakville Ontario. She is a descendant of Drummond Island’s Francois Denys-De Laronde and Madeleine Pewadjiwonokwe whom eventually settled in Penetanguishene. Making Georgian Bay her traditional territory. She has been on council since 2017 as a Councilor, Secretary and Women’s Representative. After her first healing blanket workshop she knew she wanted to join council and proudly represent Métis citizens.  She is honoured to be President of the Credit River Métis Council.  Looking forward to meeting all of you in the near future.

Robert Bell
Captain of The Hunt Region 8

Robert is a descendant of the Northwest Company Voyageur, Antoine Charpentier. Born in Owen Sound, he now resides near Orangeville.  He is an amateur historian and an avid Harvester.

Brittany Broad

Brittany Broad, Treasurer for the Credit River Métis Council, has a business background and comes with a lot of knowledge behind her.  She only recently learned of her Métis heritage and is very eager to continue to broaden her knowledge about her Métis family and is excited to get to know the Credit River community.

Pat Gasparro

Pat Gasparro, Senator for the Credit River Métis Council is a life long volunteer of many organizations, is a proud Métis Nation of Ontario citizen with his root ancestors being Francois Dusome and Francoise Clermont and Louis Chevrette Marguerite Souliere. Being an avid outdoors person, Pat frequently visits Mother Earth’s rivers, lakes and trails appreciating her seasonal cycles and circles of life.  Pat pays particular attention to the regions he grew up in from the lands and waters between the Nottawasaga River to Waubaushene. Pat is married with four children living in Mississauga. His education included some at Seneca College and is a First Dan of the Kodokan Judo of Japanese origin.

Samantha Brabant
Women’s Representative

Born in Toronto to Metis and Italian parents, Samantha’s roots trace back to a lineage
deeply connected to the land. Her grandfather’s parents (Anishnawbe & Metis)
established a homestead in what is now Awenda Provincial Park after being displaced
from Drummond Island. Today, like many Metis families in Ontario, most of her relatives
reside in Penetanguishene.
Samantha is working towards her Social Service Worker Diploma at Seneca Polytechnic
intending to continue in her studies to obtain a degree in Mental Health & Addictions.
She is actively involved in cultural practices such as beading and ceremony, which are
integral to her identity and healing journey.
While attending a workshop at the CRMC offices, she was informed of a vacancy on the
council. Grateful for the opportunity to give back to her community she is now the
Women’s Representative. Samantha is here to help others reclaim their culture and find
their way to Mino Bimaadzawin (the Good Life). [email protected]

James Des Roches

James’ Métis ancestors were Voyageurs who traversed west to the Pacific Ocean, south to New Orleans, and participated in the founding of Fort Garry, near Winnipeg. His family eventually settled near Lafontaine in Tiny Township, where he still has roots. As Councillor, James pitches in and helps out as needed.

Collette Lamonday

Hi…I’m Collette.  I love traveling, trying new food, my family, especially my 9 year old daughter Sofie and learning more about my Metis culture.  During the summer months, I’ll be playing volleyball and trying to be outdoors as much as possible.

Makenzie Simmons
Youth Representative

​I have lived in Sault Ste Marie for the past 10 years, I am new to Oakville. Recently I have joined the Credit River Metis Council, I’m looking forward to the opportunities to learn and meet new people.