Joanne is from Délı̨nę, her upbringing consisted of camping and time on the land, which inspired her to a deep love and respect for the environment, culture, and people of the North. She completed a diploma in Biological Sciences Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in April 2016. Joanne worked as an intern with the GWNT in the Environment and Natural Resources department. She is currently attending the University of Alberta, working on a Bachelors degree in Conservation Biology. Joanne hopes to work in a field where she can help minimize our impact on the environment in the North.