Flying Free Board of Directors
Vice Chairperson/Community Liaison
Community Art Project Co-ordinator
Community Sewing Project
Jackie Hookimaw was born and raised in Attawapiskat and grew up speaking the Cree language. She earned an M.A. in Canadian Heritage and Development Studies, as well as a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education. She now focuses her efforts on volunteering and doing charity and consulting work with high-risk youth. Jackie is involved in humanitarian programs, such as York University’s Exploring Human Rights Through the Arts Project. She is also an artist and works with photography, videography and stained glass.
Flying Free is thankful for Jackie’s support and commitment to her community. We look forward to rolling out several new initiatives with her assistance and guidance.
Patsy Day is a member of the Turtle Clan and Oneida Nation. She was reunited with her native heritage in the early ‘90s when she purchased a variety and pizza shop in a small community near Oneida and moved there with her partner and two daughters.
She began to learn the language, then attended Western University to earn a B.A. and teaching certificate. Patsy taught primary school at her home community in Oneida and continued her pursuit of knowledge through attendance at longhouse ceremonies and other cultural events. In 2013, Patsy earned her Masters of Educational Studies, majoring in Aboriginal leadership.
Patsy enjoys making leather moccasins and pouches, beading and other handcrafts. With 25 plus years of experience, she regularly takes teaching assignments at schools in the Thames Valley District School Board as a visiting elder.
The Flying Free Foundation is grateful for Patsy’s continued support of our initiatives. Her insights into both education and indigenous culture has proved invaluable.
The Flying Free Foundation is a philanthropic effort borne out of Schooley Mitchell, North America’s largest independent telecommunications and merchant services consulting firm. Giving back to the community has always been paramount at Schooley Mitchell, which regularly supports many different charities including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron, to name just a few.
In fall 2015, a holiday-giving initiative to provide Christmas gifts to youth in Attawapiskat was spearheaded by staff at Schooley Mitchell’s Head Office in Stratford, Ontario. A shipment of Christmas stockings filled with toys, books, clothing and other essentials were sent to a Grade 1 class at Kattawapiskak Elementary School.
When the state of emergency was declared in Attawapiskat in April 2016, Schooley Mitchell knew there was more work to be done. The Flying Free Foundation was established under the guidance of Schooley Mitchell President Beth McMillan, with the goal of helping the people of Attawapiskat First Nation and others in the Mushkegowuk Council.