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Summer Thorp

The inherent interdisciplinary nature of the SJPS Program assisted me with developing an eclectic toolbox of knowledge and skills that I draw on every day.

Summer Thorp

Honors BA Social Justice & Peace Studies

Graduation Year: 2011

Current Career

Organization: Nokee Kwe

Title: Career Counsellor and Positive Voice Program Coordinator

Career Overview

Nokee Kwe is a non-profit organization in London, Ontario that provides career services and literacy and basic skills training to young adults and adults. Although our service model is open to all clients, we are a target agency for Indigenous clients. As an career counsellor my work involves assisting clients with opportunities and community resources that increase their employability and access to education or training.

My current project is the Positive Voice program, a bridging program for urban Indigenous women, that I developed after consulting with community. It has a dual purpose: one, to provide training to our participants; and two, to educate the community and other practitioners. The program assists women, 18 years of age and older, who are transitioning to further education or employment. The program is a safe space for them to increase their confidence and to learn new skills. We assist them with learning about writing, digital media, graphic design, photography, public speaking, and networking. We also bring in guests to mentor and teach the women, including artists, photographers, social service practitioners, advocates, and government representatives. Our program also includes extensive outreach through community events, social media, guest lectures, and exhibits of our participants’ art.

Further Degrees / Certifications

Master's in Educational Studies, with a focus on First Nations post-secondary education policy
Western University, London ON

Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON - 2018