KWIC Staff

A headshot of Shaelyn Wabegijig smiling in front of the Ontonabee in the summertime.

Aaniin, greetings to the KWIC/ Peterborough community! My name is Shaelyn Wabegijig, and as of April, 2020, I’m the Program and Outreach Coordinator for KWIC, which includes co coordinating a new parntership project with GreenUP: the Advancing the SDGs 2030 Agenda in Peterbough | Nogojiwanong.

My people are Algonquin from Timiskaming First Nation, Caribou Clan and I’m also settler descent (Irish and German), and I grew up in Rama First Nation. I graduated from Trent University with a BAH in Indigenous Studies and Philosophy. I joined KWIC’s Board of Directors in September, 2017, and resigned in April, 2020, from my position as the Board Secretary. I have volunteered in many capacities for KWIC during and after my studies. Working with KWIC for so many incredible events and initiatives has made me fee like I belong and helped me grow strong roots in this community. KWIC has taught me so much and connected me to so many amazing people. It has all taught me that what I do locally ripples out into the world and can make a huge impact! 

Miigwetch, thank you KWIC for this opportunity. I look forward to connecting further with you all ❤️



  I am Julie Cosgrove and the executive director of KWIC. Since 2003, KWIC has been  an exciting journey connecting the dots between decades of life and work experience in community education and development in Canada and overseas - and the life changing perspective of being a mother.

What I have loved most about my time with KWIC is connecting to and learning from so many amazing people, diverse perspectives and valued community partnerships; importantly, KWIC has been caring community in which to raise my son, Kieran. As a descent of settler peoples raised in this area, I am truly grateful to the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg for their teachings to learn my responsibilities in taking care of this most beautiful place.  

Although my most valuable learning has come from unexpected and often informal spaces, my formal education includes an Honours B.A. (Waterloo University, Co-op Program, Bachelor of Education (York University) and Community-based International Development Program Diploma, specializing in Participatory Approaches from the COADY International Institute (St. Xavier University).