Amanda Mitchell is new to the fundraising and the philanthropic sector and is excited to be part of the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program. Amanda is Mohawk/Algonquin and member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. Amanda is inspired to share her culture and perspectives. She has been a key member of her community organizing events and volunteering. She is a talented fancy and jingle dress dancer.
In 2007, Amanda moved to Ottawa to expand her western education. She followed her creative passion to the beauty industry where she graduated and worked in the spa industry for four years. While working she continued her education and graduated in an administrative program that feeds her need to coordinate and organize. It was her goal to use her natural and combined education in organization and problem solving skills with national organizations, this allowed for placements at the Native Women’s Association of Canada where she increased her interest with current Indigenous issues. The experience she has gained developed a strong passion for fundraising and raising awareness on Indigenous issues.
Building from her education and natural skills in 2014 she enrolled into St Lawrence College that brought her to The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. This is when she knew she wanted to pursue her career in fundraising and philanthropy. Amanda wants to help by creating awareness through educating and engaging communities and organizations in reciprocity and help organizations and other Canadians start on their journey to reconciliation. Working on initiatives for The Circle allows her to pursue and gain more experience about the work she’s passionate about. Amanda is constantly learning and improving. She is the newly named Coordinator, Engagement of The Circle. She lives in Ottawa with her amazing son, Mason.