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Profile: Mary Beth Doucette

More about some of the people from the 8th Fire TV series.

Community Worker:


They say that education is the path to the future for Aboriginals. Mary Beth Doucette, a young Mi'kmaq, originally from Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, personifies this hope. After studying and starting her career in Toronto, she returned to her people, in Membertou, to get involved in her community's development.

Like many young people raised off reserve, she was intially cut off from her Aboriginal roots. She lived in Sydney and did not really know Membertou. Today she's one of those who believe in their community and are fighting to ensure a better future.

Until very recently, Membertou was a community without its own resources, apparently doomed to remain underdeveloped. However, a powerful wake-up call has turned it, in a few years, into a model of Aboriginal economic development. An important element of this success was the return of young graduates like Mary Beth.

Today, Mary Beth Doucette is Director, Quality Assurance and ISO compliance, Membertou Band. She is also Associate Chair, Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, specializing in the research of Aboriginal communities' economic development.