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Olivia Rondeau is a Master of Education student at Queen's University. She is of mixed-heritage (Mohawk and French). Her Indigenous heritage derives from the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Akwesasne.
Olivia has always been proud of her Indigenous heritage and continues to use this pride in her teaching. Olivia has people who are close to her who have been affected by residential schools and so this topic is extremely important, close to her heart, and crucial to their healing process. One of Olivia’s many beliefs is that every child is capable of success. She believes that it only takes one caring adult to take the first step and ask a student what they need to succeed.
Olivia recognizes the importance of acknowledging her privilege and looks at this as a way to help her better understand other people’s standing in society, by first knowing her own. From here she can start to build on her beliefs and work on being an advocate and ally for others. For over ten years Olivia has worked closely with at-risk youth in shelters as well as children with disabilities through various programming. Her goal is to continue to advocate for and help as many children as possible by implementing the many teachings and strategies that she has developed throughout her years of working and continuous learning.