​Shirley Debassige (née Dusome) is the Interim President for the Toronto York Region Métis Council.

She was born in Penetanguishene , Ontario  and moved  to Toronto at the age of 4 and has lived there ever since. Shirley is married and has two sons. She is also a grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren.

Shirley works at Intake in Emergency at Michael Garron Hospital under the Toronto East Health network.  She has worked there for eighteen years and has gained a wealth of health sector knowledge during that time.​

Mike was born in Thunder Bay, and has previously lived in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent most of his youth in Dryden, Ontario, His Métis background traces back to Saint-Boniface/Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mike has been a Communications Manager at Humber College for over 8 years, and was previously the Student President at both Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

He has over 10 years of volunteer and leadership experience, and looks forward to developing the TYRMC’s social media and web presence. Mike aspires to contribute to the TYRMC any way he can, and would particularly like to develop additional mentoring and networking opportunities for Métis youth in the Greater Toronto area.

Councillor - John Budarick

Kyle was recently appointed as the interim 2SLGBTQ+ Councillor for the Toronto and York Region Métis Council. .




Women's Rep - Vacant


Our Council is comprised of a President, Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Senator, Women's Rep, Youth Rep, 2SLGBTQ+ Rep, and 4 Councillors.    Scroll down to see who is currently on our Council!



Senator - Suzanne Brunelle

President - Shirley DeBassige

Youth Rep - Olivia Horzempa

Chair - Todd Ross

Secretary/Treasurer - Marilyn Hew

Jim was recently appointed as the interim Councillor for the Toronto and York Region Métis Council. .

2SLGBTQ+ Rep - Kyle Burton

TYRMC Councillors

Olivia was recently appointed as the interim youth councillor for the Toronto and York Region Métis Council. .



Councillor - Jim Morrison

Being Metis is a part of everything John does- personally and professionally. As a paramedic for Toronto EMS, and owner of Job Ready CPR, (which provides Indigenous individuals with the opportunity to gain medical experience), John has been able to educate, inspire and connect with others to serve the community, build cultural knowledge and awareness.


Being a Councillor for the TYRMC is a privilege, and John looks forward to continuing to learn, grow, lead and collaborate with others to strengthen our Indigenous community.

Councillor - Mike Berg

Councillor - Vacant

Marilyn J. Hew, B. A., B.Ed, is a retired Elementary teacher. She has been part of the Toronto & York Region Métis Council since its inception in 2009; first as Women's Rep and for the last seven years as Secretary/Treasurer. 

​She also sits on the Ryerson University Aboriginal Education Council and the TDSB Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee representing TYRMC.

Marilyn became aware of her French Métis ancestry in 2007 and proudly and enthusiastically embraced her heritage.

She is Métis through her mother’s father's line, with roots in Sutton and Penetanguishene, Ontario.

She lives in Toronto with her husband.

Suzanne has dedicated over 40 years to public service, mostly through Employment and Social Services Canada. She is the coordinator of the Community Ethics Network, a membership-funded collective of over 50 community health and support sector organizations that are interested in promoting quality community healthcare and support service.

Suzanne traces her Métis roots to Drummond Island from where her Menominee ancestor migrated to Penetanguishene with her fur-trader husband after the 1812 war boundary settlement between Canada and the US. Her settler roots includes a Carignan-Salières soldier who landed in the “colony” from France in 1665 and who married a “fille du roi” in 1671; and Irish migrants who fled the potato famine and established themselves in Simcoe County in the mid- to late-1800’s. Suzanne was raised on a farm in Lafontaine where she developed a strong connection to Mother Earth and all her relations.

Todd Ross is the Chair of the Toronto and York Region Métis Council.


He is a Public Affairs Consultant and has served as a Senior Advisor at Queen's Park and to the President of the Métis Nation of Ontario.


His Métis heritage traces back to Batoche in Saskatchewan, Red River in Manitoba and James Bay in Ontario. 


Todd first got involved with the  Council in 2014 and is focused on providing education about Métis people, community and culture  to a broader audience as well as improving relationships. 

Todd is a veteran and lives in Toronto with his partner Kirk who is also Métis.