President & Chief
Lisa Cooper was born in Manchester, New Hampshire in the United States. Her mother was originally from the Mi'kmaq Nation from Lennox Island, PEI. Lisa's family returned to their mother's birth place to make their home in Epekwitk (PEI) in 1975.
Lisa has served in numerous different positions within the Council since becoming a member. Lisa was elected as the Zone 2 representative in September of 2008. Lisa brings with her an extensive education, holding Diplomas in both Legal Secretary and Public Administration. As well, Lisa possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major in Political Science and Minor in Economics, a Bachelor of Education Degree - Specialization in Indigenous Studies - teaching senior high years (Grade 10 - 12) and a Masters in Education from UPEI.
Lisa was a valuable volunteer serving as a role model, mentor and chaperone to the Aboriginal Youth of Prince Edward Island, volunteering her time at weekly Thursday night Drum Group, Youth Socials, and most of all youth related events. Lisa has volunteered on behalf of the Organization to present Cultural Education to outside Organizations and groups. Lisa has written numerous successful proposals and has volunteered at numerous NCPEI events.
Prior to becoming the new Elected President and Chief of the Native Council of PEI, Lisa was the Director of Operations from 2011 to 2014 and served as the President and Chief (Interim) in the early winter of 2015. Lisa currently resides in Charlottetown, PEI and is a proud mother of three (3) sons and one (1) daughter.