Marileen Bartlett, B.A, B.Ed., M.Ed., O.M. is Executive Director of (CAHRD) Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. and Neeginan Centre Inc. Marileen has been actively promoting sustainable growth and community development through adult education, training, and employment within Winnipeg’s Indigenous community for over 35 years.
Under her leadership, CAHRD has developed into a nationally recognized “best practices” human resource development agency, providing critical services in education, training and employment. Marileen has always recognized that Indigenous people have the resilience, skill and ability to be successful given the right support. Marileen’s vision has been to create culturally relevant and meaningful opportunity for her community to tackle the barriers faced by the Indigenous community.
Through her vision and unwavering dedication and persistence, she has created a holistic centre to support the community. She has been instrumental in the development of CAHRD, including its student housing, two childcare centres and two state-of-the-art technical and vocational post-secondary training centres. Through her leadership CAHRD also received accreditation as a recognized stand-alone Adult Learning Centre and attained the first community-based Apprenticeship Program in Manitoba. More recently Marileen has led in the development of two social enterprises – Mother Earth Recycling and Live Video Defence – in partnership with other entities and which are geared toward economic and social development for Indigenous people.