Rhonda Head is a participant in Coady’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program. She is an event planner, a brain tumor survivor, and a five-time international classical award-winning artist. On October 17, 2018 she released her latest single, Ave Maria in Cree, recorded at the District Exchange Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Head is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, located near Canada’s Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.

“I chose to come to Coady, because I heard a lot of good things coming out from the women that graduated,” she says. “I wanted to be part of a course that has a great reputation across Canada.  I want to be part of the great women leaders who have graduated.”

As part of her work with the Manitoba Arts Network, she is responsible for recruiting upcoming indigenous talent.

When reflecting on her experience at Coady so far she says, “I have met and learned from other strong women from all parts of Canada and about the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq territory. I have learned from all the women both young and old, and learned so much from the elders, facilitators, and co-facilitators. It has allowed me to grow mentally and emotionally. It has made me look deep into myself.”