Our Team

Our Team

Our Team works year-round to provide unique programming and events for visitors, educators, students, and the Métis People.

Juanita

Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Juanita is responsible for leading Métis Crossing in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission, goals and principles.

Juanita Marois is the Executive Director for Métis Crossing, and a proud citizen of Alberta’s Métis Nation. Juanita considers herself privileged to lead the exciting expansion of not only Alberta’s, but also Canada’s, first major Métis cultural gathering centre.

Juanita earned her MA degree in sustainable tourism development from the University of Alberta where she continued as a lecturer for 2 years in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.

Juanita has worked in the tourism industry for over 15 years with organizations such as Northlands Park and Princess Tours. Her experience has expanded from a front-line practitioner, to a planner, researcher and consultant. She has had unique opportunities to participate in socio-economic development, Indigenous tourism, and community investment projects that now feed her collaborative approach to Métis Crossing.

Leon

Manager

Leon Boychuk-Hunter was born and raised in a Ukrainian Feminist Co-Op in Central Edmonton. Early exposure to Ukrainian Folk traditions piqued his interest in global cultural traditions. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Drama.  Leon has pursued opportunities in cultural interpretation, arts and cultural management, business and travel. He has been managing Métis Crossing since 2014. With a desire to be a life long learner he is currently enrolled in a Graduate Program in Tourism Management at Royal Roads University.

Krista

Experience Development Coordinator

Krista Leddy is a Métis Artist recognized by the Alberta Métis community for her contributions in teaching traditional arts and Métis culture. She has spent the past twelve years working both privately and with organizations sharing Métis culture and creating foundational knowledge building opportunities. Her knowledge and experience were gained through a lifelong learning process from Métis Knowledge Holders, especially her Kokum (Grandmother). She regularly connects with Knowledge Holders and Traditional Artists to expand her own portfolio of skills and works diligently to pass along these important elements of understanding and knowing to the next generation of Métis.

Krista now uses this knowledge and love of sharing her culture to create authentic experiences for our guests at Métis Crossing that weave together the elements of plants, animals, story, art, and culture.

Lilyrose

Knowledge Holder & Teacher

I am a kokum that is very proud of her Métis heritage. My life has been enriched with experiences of life on a trapline, farming, horse trainer, truck driver, equipment operator, boiler room assistant, gas bar manager and transportation and supervision for family services.

I am a long time Métis artisan, doll maker, fiber artist, nester, baker, teacher, thrift store shopper and lover of giving old things a new purpose.

I love teaching and sharing my many Métis crafts with people who love to make handcrafted items.

I have resided on Buffalo Lake Métis settlement for 41 years. I was born and raised on a traditional Métis farm north of High Prairie Alberta where I learned how to snare rabbits, ride horses, and live off the land.

I was raised in an old hand-hewn log home. Today I am blessed to be the Knowledge Keeper and Teacher at Métis Crossing. There I get to share my life experience with many people from all walks of life, so they learn who the Métis people are.

It is extremely important that our young people learn these traditional cultural skills to they can them pass down to the next generations. For it is through our children that our Métis heritage will survive and thrive.

My husband Jerry makes me happy and proud. My children make me smile with pride and humble me with their love. My family and friends are special, supportive and are an anchor in my life.