Beverly Anne Sabourin has had a distinguished professional, entrepreneurial, and volunteer career that has spanned more than 50 years and included time as a human rights advocate, professional counsellor, senior educational administrator, and more. Raised by her mother and grandparents in the Ojibwe community of Pic Mobert, Beverly later went on to acquire degrees in sociology (Lakehead University) and social work (McGill University), and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (University of Windsor). She has made many outstanding contributions to the social, cultural, and educational advancement of her people and to the communities in which she has lived.
Some of her many Board and volunteer experiences include Friendships Centres of Canada, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, National Native Women’s Association, Ontario Native Women’s Association, and she served as Executive Director for the Quebec Native Women’s Association. She also served on many local Indigenous organizations in the many cities (Calgary, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Montreal, and Winnipeg) she has lived in throughout her career.
She is an advocate of education and has worked at universities across the country, including as Director of the Aboriginal Access Programme at Red River Community College, and as Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University.
Beverly and her partner also established Beverly Anne Sabourin and Associates (BASA), a federally incorporated consulting company focused on Indigenous and environmental initiatives and issues. Over a 20-year period, BASA has channelled funding to non-profit organizations providing literacy and skills training to Indigenous adults.