Board Chair Announcement
Ohsweken, ON – December 14, 2021.
Indspire is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Donald Worme as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Worme’s appointment as Chair follows seven years as a board member with Indspire and many years as a significant contributor. Mr. Worme will be Chairing a diverse and dynamic group of leaders with extensive knowledge and experience in philanthropy, public service, and Indigenous education.
President & CEO, Mike DeGagné conveyed, “My warmest thanks to Donald for accepting this critical position. I know that Donald will help guide us through this momentous time as we look to expand Indspire’s capacity in the post-pandemic world and beyond.”
With former Chair David Tuccaro’s term concluded, he will remain a serving member of the Board. Mr. Tuccaro expressed, “My time as Chair at Indspire has been one of great privilege. My life has been devoted to giving back to the community and advancing Indigenous opportunities and I have been glad to advocate for just that throughout my time as Indspire Chair, I look forward to continuing to serve on the Board under Donald Worme’s leadership.”
“David has been indispensable in guiding the organization with his sage advice and solid leadership for 16 years,” says President & CEO, Mike DeGagné. “As he steps down from the Chair, I’d like to thank him wholeheartedly for his enduring and vital contributions to advancing Indigenous education.”
Donald Worme is a Cree lawyer from the Kawacatoose First Nation, Treaty 4, who practices extensively in criminal law and Indigenous rights litigation. Mr. Worme is a founding member of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada. In 2009, Donald was appointed Chief Counsel for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with its mandate to spread awareness of the social impact of Residential Schools across Canada. He was one of the University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Alumni of Influence in 2008 and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2010 for his outstanding achievement in the field of law and justice.
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Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2020-2021, Indspire provided more than $20 million through 6,245 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada.