Carey Calder, Executive Director

Carey Calder is a member of Sand Point First Nation (Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek). Originally from Thunder Bay, Carey has called Ottawa home since 2003. Carey has dedicated her career to working for non-profit organizations in the area of strategic partnership development, program and financial management and human resources. Her background in labour market programming, youth initiatives and community development have shaped her commitment to contribute within her Aboriginal community .

Carey has served on the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, the Aboriginal Recruitment and Coordination Office and previously with the Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start Inc. These volunteer roles, complemented by her direct work with Aboriginal Youth Councils, have provided her with solid understanding of governance processes and responsibilities. Carey has an established network at the national and provincial level built from her experience with the Metis Nation of Ontario, Native Women’s Association of Canada and the National Association of Friendship Centres.

Her role with Makonsag has lead to Carey’s active involvement with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, the Aboriginal Best Start Circle and Ontario Aboriginal Head Start Association. As a proud Two-Spirit woman and mother, Carey is passionate about her work with Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start. She celebrates the work of Makonsag and is inspired by cultural activities woven throughout the program.

Kelly McQuarrie, Cook

Kelly was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario.  She moved to Ottawa where she obtained a bachelor degree in English literature from Carleton University.  Kelly also did volunteer work at an Ottawa women’s shelter as a child care support worker.  This sparked her love of working with children which led her to the Early Childhood Education program at Algonquin College.  Before long, an opportunity came her way to do a term position as the cook at licensed child care centre.  After this experience, Kelly realized that nutrition was an important component in child care.  Her workplace allowed the opportunity to combine her passions –children and cooking.   Since then Kelly has had the privilege of cooking for children in a variety of educational settings including schools and daycares.  This is Kelly’s third year here at Makonsag and it has been her sincere pleasure serving the community in this role.

Pauline McKay, Program Coordinator

Pauline is Tsimshian from the west coast of B.C. but has lived most of her life in Ottawa. She is a single mother to 2 beautiful boys, Nathan and Tristan. She has been working at Makonsag since May of 2011 and has over 10 years’ experience working at The Children’s Place daycare centre. She is currently a child development practitioner apprentice working towards her early childhood education (ECE) diploma. She is truly honoured to be working with our young Aboriginal children and future leaders and her amazing co-workers here at Makonsag.


Heather Hennessy, Classroom Assistant

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Robert Landry, Maintenance

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Melissa Pigeau, Family Support Coordinator

My name is Melissa Pigeau and I am the Family Support Coordinator at Makonsag. I am Métis from the Mattawa/Ottawa River Métis Community with roots stretching from Western Canada and currently living on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation in the Ottawa region. I am the mother of three wonderful little ones and enjoy spending time with my family. In my spare time I enjoy beading and working on other traditional crafts.

I am a graduate of Nipissing University from the Aboriginal Teacher’s Program. My work background includes working with, and advocating for, families as part of our Indigenous community. I am looking forward to meeting all the families and children of Makonsag. If you have any questions feel free to email me at or call 613.724.5844 ext 1.

Aisha Printup, Project Coordinator

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