Ronda is an urban Indigenous woman living in Ajax, Ontario and a member of the North Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec, and member of the Wolf Clan. She graduated from the University of Toronto and pursued her business-oriented ambitions, but soon discovered that helping people to help themselves was her true career calling, and bid farewell to “Bay Street”.
She spent the majority of her federal public service career consulting primarily with Indigenous community groups. Ronda engaged in community and organizational development support, thereby satisfying her ambition to help people help themselves and was a consultant for the Aboriginal Head Start Program where her servant leadership style contributed to the strengthening of Indigenous families, organizations, and communities. In addition, she also facilitated Aboriginal Women in Leadership workshops.
An active community volunteer, Ronda served on figure skating and soccer club boards. She founded the women’s soccer league in Ajax and was part of a small team tasked with revitalizing a local soccer club from the ground up and organizing a soccer exchange between Ajax-Pickering and Iqaluit. She was also a board member of an Indigenous Women’s Shelter and an Infant Loss Facilitator. After retiring Ronda joined the IPC Ontario, joined the executive of her local Riding Association, and became an active participant in the Liberal movement at the national level as IPC VP Women. She also became an active volunteer and supporter of the local Provincial Liberal Association.
Ronda is well traveled and maintains a healthy lifestyle through soccer, hiking mountains around the world (notably reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro), personal training, cycling, running, and all this helps her keep up to her very active grandsons.
“We’re still not graduating the numbers we should be. We could have more doctors, more lawyers, more MBA’s. And we need them desperately. We know from experience that when our people serve our own people, we have incredible success.” (2003) ~ Roberta Jamieson
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