Brenda Stevenson has a Masters of Education degree (majoring in Education Administration) from Harvard University (2001), two Bachelor's degrees and Certificate from the University of Massachusetts: Bachelor of Business Administration (2000), Bachelor of Arts (2000) and a Certificate of Native American Studies (2000). Brenda also has a Diploma in Religious Education from Briercrest College (1987) and a Certificate of Accounting from Wascana Institute of Applied Sciences and Technologies (SIAST, 1981). She currently serves on two boards: the Southeast Regional College (2008) and as a trustee on the First Nations Trust (2009); she was also a board member of SIAST (2008-2014). Brenda has worked for First Nations communities for many years in governance, band administration, economic development, and education. She is a member of Carry the Kettle First Nation, lives on Cowessess with her husband Greg, has three grown children and two grandsons.
Good day to all our Ochapowace Membership. I am a mother of three children and a proud grandmother of 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. My oldest granddaughter convocated in 2014 from the First Nations University with a degree of Business Management. My education: I graduated from Yorkton Composite High School, then received secretarial training at a business school. Over the years, I've taken courses from different institutions such as the University of Regina where I obtained my accounting degree. In 1989, I returned to school full time and convocated in June 1992, with a diploma in Business Management. In February 2006, I received my designation as a Certified Financial Manager.
I started working with Ochapowace in June 1992 in the accounting department, moved to Economic Development, then worked at the Housing & Public Works office. I moved back to Administration and Finance in 2003 as the Director. My responsibilities are to oversee the Administration and Finance employees; and duties such as preparing for the annual audit, preparing financial statements (variance reports), bank reconciliations, budgets, work plans, staff evaluations, etc.