Indigenous Services Team

Join us at St. Lawrence College for your post-secondary journey and let us help you make your time a healthy, enjoyable and successful learning experience. The Indigenous Student Advisors are here to help you.

Indigenous Student Advisor, Kingston

Shirley Chaisson
Indigenous Student Advisor, Brockville/Cornwall

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Aanii: My name is Shirley Chaisson, I am Anishinaabe and a member of the Aamjiwnaang Reserve located in Sarnia, Ontario. Through the Indigenous Centre, I provide a safe environment to discuss and/or resolve issues, which may be important you as an Indigenous Student. I believe your success is our success!
B: 613.345.0660 ext. 2365
C: 613.933.6080 ext. 2365

Mary Ann Lyons
Coordinator of Indigenous Services/Indigenous Student Advisor, Kingston

Hello and welcome! My name is Mary Ann Lyons, and my Indigenous ancestry is Haudenosaunee (from Akwesasne) and Métis. I am a mom of five adult kids, a grandma of five, a former elementary school teacher, a former employee of Student Wellness and Accessibility, a current part-time SLC faculty, and an Indigenous Student Advisor for about 15 years, so I have lots of experience to help me help you. Plus - I LOVE to chat and hear our students’ stories! I am a big fan of the Medicine Wheel teachings – maintaining balance among the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of yourself – and often use them when students come to me for support. I look forward to meeting you.

613 544 5400 ext. 1551

Holly Brant
Indigenous Counsellor, Tri-campus

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Shé:kon, Karennenhá:wi niyónkyats. Kanyen’kehá:ka na’kya’tò:ten tánon’ wakenyáhton. Kenhtéke nikìteron. Hello, my name is Karrennehá:wi (She Carries Music), pronounced Ga-ren-na-how-we and I am Kanyen’keha:ka Mohawk. I belong with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, sit with the Turtle Clan and live on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. I believe student wellness is holistic. Maintaining balance and inner peace may be a difficult task during the hectic school year, but if you need some help or just want to chat, stop by. I look forward to meeting you.
K: 613.544.5400 ext. 1095
B: 613.345.0660 ext. 1095
C: 613.933.6080 ext. 1095

Student Wellness and Accessibility

We understand that being in college can be an exciting time, but that it can also be accompanied with stressful times. Meeting with a friendly and professional counsellor with whatever may be challenging or troubling, can make a difference.

Some common areas of concern addressed in counselling are; stress management, grief/loss, sexuality, substance use, and much more.