2013 Rose Nolan Scholarship Winner Joanne Francis is a member of Tetlit Gwich’in Council in the North West Territories. She is entering her third year of the Bachelor of Education program at Aurora Collage in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
Joanna always had an interest in the field of education and gained great teaching experience as a Teacher’s Assistant at Chief Julius School. Joanne is a single mother and has volunteered and been involved in many of her daughter’s school events, such as bake sales, selling cookies, and assisting her daughter’s teacher.
Joanne’s goal is to become an elementary school teacher in her home community of Fort McPherson, continuing to be a role model for her daughter and other Gwich’in people.