Danielle Lussier (LL.B. 2007), our Advisor, Indigenous Relations & Indigenous Learner Advocate has been appointed to the prestigious Board of Directors of the Ottawa Community Foundation. She has joined some of our eminent alumni such as Grant A. Jameson (LL.B. 1974), Marc Jolicoeur (LL.B 1978) and Madeleine Meilleur (LL.L 1983).
As stated on their website, the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) is one of Ottawa’s most highly regarded philanthropic organizations, working with donors and the community at large to bring about positive, systemic and sustainable change in our city and beyond. The Foundation has built an enviable reputation for astute financial management, high quality donor services, strategic grant making and innovative partnerships across the city.
The Ottawa Community Foundation has over $160 million in assets. In 2018, it distributed over $11 million to more than 700 charities. Since its inception in 1987, the Ottawa Community Foundation has distributed over $123 million to worthy causes.
For Danielle Lussier, joining the Ottawa Community Foundation Board of Directors felt like a natural extension of her academic and professional pursuits. Her PhD research focuses on developing Indigenous legal pedagogy and, as the Advisor, Indigenous Relations & Indigenous Learner Advocate within the Faculty of Law, Common Law section, she seeks to build within and outside of the walls of the Faculty to generate awareness, encourage inclusiveness and consideration of Indigenous matters in all spheres of society.
‘Why Ottawa Community Foundation? It is an innovative board that aims to support community building and have concrete impact on our city.’ - Danielle Lussier
Danielle is a Métis mother, beadwork artist, and lawyer from Treaty 1 and the Homeland of the Métis Nation. Danielle now lives as a visitor on unsurrendered Algonquin territory where she serves as Indigenous Learner Advocate at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.