Michele is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA). Anishinaabe/Bear Clan, Michele has been a part of the organization since its inception in 2006 and has played an integral role in the growth of NATOA as a result of her 17 years of experience in marketing and sales.
Stewarding relationships between the private sector and Indigenous charities, she has collaborated with various Indigenous communities and corporate groups to strengthen the awareness of capacity building in communities. Driven by a passion for community, cultural awareness & tradition, Michele volunteers her time and knowledge by assisting with local events within Indigenous communities across Ontario and has shared her incredible story as a #1 International & Canadian bestselling author for the book, Unbreakable Spirit (2018).
Michele’s drive is fueled by her deep connection to her Indigenous culture, as she forged her own path seeking the roots of her ancestry despite not being raised in the traditional ways of her ancestors. This is passed along through much of her work in public speaking as well as her board position of Co-Chair for the Durham Catholic District School Boards Indigenous Education Committee.
Michele Young-Crook, Chief Operating Officer