Apr 11, 2018
Lisa Farano - OLPC's Program

In 2002, Lisa co-created the children's education charity, Elephant Thoughts, focusing on Indigenous education not only here in Canada but around the globe.  Lisa believes that education is the key to freedom and prosperity and continues to work with Elephant Thoughts enabling education solutions in aboriginal communities across Canada.

Lisa is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Collingwood SGB, a charter member of the Rotary E Club for Social Innovation and Paul Harris Fellow.  She is also on the board of Rotary HIP which spans 5 districts.  She is passionate about creating awareness amongst fellow Rotarians and non-indigenous peoples on the subject of Indigenous history and current conditions.  She is knowledgeable of the shared misinformation that has led to racism and is striving to change this long-standing paradigm.  Her current projects include producing The Indigenous Life Festival, a one of a kind education and awareness sharing festival with Blue Mountain Resort and the Town of Collingwood.  She is also working on a national public awareness campaign to foster a better understand of the historical relationship between natives and non-natives.  Lisa's awards include the Canadian YMCA Peace Medallion and an Ashoka Fellowship Award for Indigenous Education.