Ms. Corston is a passionate professional with a proven track record in program planning and management, community-based research and policy analysis, health and social services planning, and community engagement. Over the course her career, she has held several senior management positions in the not-for-profit environment, as well as at executive levels working directly with Boards of Directors. She possesses a deep understanding and personal connection to the complex array of systemic issues that perpetuate health and socio-economic disparities for Indigenous peoples and has dedicated her career to advancing community-driven solutions that create long lasting, sustainable change. Ms. Corston is a member of Chapleau Cree First Nation (CCFN).
Ms. Corston is currently a senior advisor to the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and an elected Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Trustee with the CCFN. Prior to these roles, she held Executive level positions with various organizations, including the National Association of Friendship Centres and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association. This work has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of program and policy development, program management, administrative, financial, and human resource management, and superior knowledge of federal and provincial negotiation, contribution, and reporting processes. Ms. Corston began her career as an Environmental Health Officer with Health Canada, responsible for monitoring drinking water quality, and water and wastewater sanitation among other things, and then worked in various health related capacities. She has conducted extensive research and published numerous papers and articles related to health and the environment. Most recently, she co-developed a national strategy on First Nations data governance for the FNIGC and is currently working toward implementation.
As a First Nation community member in the province of Ontario I have a vested interest in the OFNTSC achieving its vision of “self-sufficient and sustainable First Nations with the capacity to deliver self-reliant technical services for future generations”. To me this vision is all about equipping our communities with the skills, information, and resources they need to plan for the future and to make informed decisions, in the best interests their citizens’ long term health and well being. I want to contribute to that -- in any way that I can.
OFNTSC is in an unprecedented position with a mission to achieve the federal government’s mandate to devolve services back to First Nations control. The next several years will be crucial to ensuring this devolution process is successful. I believe that the Corporation is taking the right steps expanding its governance capacity, understanding how important good governance is to effective management and oversight of service delivery. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of this important work.