Brad Evoy, Executive Director

Brad Evoy is a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Brad moved to so-called Ontario in 2011 from Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland) and now lives in the unceded Algonquin territories that make up Hull, Quebec. During and following his studies at Memorial University and the University of Toronto, Brad has worked in non-profit organizations devoted to social and environmental justice research and education.

His work in the sector for eleven years has focused on governance, capacity building, programming, communications, and policy & organizational development.  Furthering the work of Makonsag to inspire our children’s pride in our cultures and nations is a dream come true for Brad. As such, he is really looking forward to developing and deepening relationships with our staff and wider community to build upon our strong foundations to strive towards the future of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in our region. If you want to get in touch, feel free to email me at

Pauline McKay, Indigenous Child Care Manager

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.

Melissa Pigeau, Indigenous Early Years Manager

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.

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.

Aisha Printup, Operations Manager

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Heather Hennessy, Classroom Assistant

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Robert Landry, Maintenance

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