Lori Flinders-McMillan

 Director at Large (2021-2023)

Lori Flinders-McMillan MSW, RSW, CFNHM, is Anishinaabkwe and community member of Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 territory. Lori has a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier and is a Certified First Nations Health Manager (FNHMA).  She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Binesiwag Center for Wellness, which she launched in 2019. 

Lori’s knowledge bundle includes over 25 years of experience in Social Work leadership, management, program and staff development, mentorship, and mental health and addictions counselling.  During her career she worked as a senior leader in both Child and Family Services and Health.  

Lori has been a trainer with both OACAS and ANCFSAO where she shared the Agencies best practice bi-cultural model of service provision for family services. She also published an Indigenous mental health and addictions leading practice with Accreditation Canada and is currently researching traditional Customary Family Systems.  

In her spare time Lori enjoys creative writing and has been published in “First Lady Nation” volumes I and IV and “Before the Usual Time: A collection of Indigenous Stories and Poems”. 
Lori carries an Anishinaabe Traditional bundle that includes knowledge in medicines, lands-based healing methodologies, ceremonies and she has relationships with numerous Elders, helpers, and healers.  Lori’s greatest accomplishment is being the mother of 2 beautiful daughters and 5 amazing grandchildren who call her “Kokum”.