Lorraine Brown obtained a degree in Indigenous Studies/Religious Studies from McMaster University in 2008, and a diploma from Mohawk College in Native Community Care, Counselling and Development. While at McMaster, her studies were concentrated towards a cultural understanding of religions, spirituality, and human sciences (with a focus on the effects of colonization on world-wide Indigenous Peoples). Lorraine has worked with many demographics in the community over the past 10 years such as First Nations, seniors, those with various disabilities, homeless, and women/children (with a focus on seniors and multiculturalism).
In her professional career thus far, Lorraine has provided front line services, as a Crisis Intervention Worker, Multicultural Worker, Resource Information Specialist (for Hamilton Health Sciences Regional Rehabilitation Centre), and a Housing Worker in Hamilton ON. In these positions she has had experience with helping to provide a secure, empowering environment for residents and outreach clients, assisting clients to create realistic plans regardless of the resident’s physical, mental, spiritual or emotional situation or background, and providing crisis intervention and emergency shelter services (using the Housing First Model). Her professional experience has given Lorraine the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and understanding of the unique, complex, and dynamic populations that live in our community (and regionally).