Meet Jerilyn Huson

I’m Jerilyn Huson, FNHSSM’s eHealth Project Lead since August 2021. I come from Garden Hill First Nation on my mom’s side and Trinidad on my dad’s side; a total island girl all around. My husband, Brett, and I have two beautiful children: 11-year-old Warren and 8-year-old Ruby, and we’re blessed to come from huge extended families. As the daughter of a residential school Survivor, my guiding force has been to interrupt the transmission of intergenerational trauma while promoting and living First Nations’ values and traditions.

My time with FNHSSM began in our core team, directly supporting the Board of Directors and management. I was integral in leading the organization and its staff through the major organizational change inherent in the creation of FNHSSM and the transfer of employees from AMC to FNHSSM in 2014. I was key in creating and implementing internal accountabilities and providing advice and guidance on everything from executing mandates provided by leadership resolutions, to mentoring the FNHSSM Admin. Support Team (F.A.S.T.) and managing successful fundraising initiatives for FNHSSM.

My ultimate career goal is to direct all my professional resources and energy to the health, social, and economic prosperity of First Nations people. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 and have twenty+ years’ experience working directly with First Nations’ representative organizations, such as the Island Lake Tribal Council, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and FNHSSM. I absolutely love working with our people; the connections to family, the richness of our knowledges and cultures, and the wisdom to protect the land and the earth it sits on.