For more than 30 years, Marie Bouchard, a bilingual Metis woman has been a leader in the arts community championing for the inclusion of marginalize artists into the mainstream art scene. Merging her academic and professional art background with her knowledge of social history, she has supported indigenous artists from isolated places, be they geographical, physical, social, economic, or cultural, to move into the center of cultural dialogue. Marie joined The Winnipeg Foundation in 2004. As a Community Grants Associate, she is attuned to those voices that are not heard and encourages projects that bridge the gap between cultures. She has worked diligently to promote diversity and inclusion at the Foundation, chairing the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and promoting equitable grant making practices. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art/History and French, a Master’s Degree in Canadian History and a certificate from the Grantmaking School, Johnson Centre for Philanthropy. She is also a recipient of the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award.