​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.​

Councillor - Jim Morrison

Bio coming soon.



Women's Rep - Robyn Grant-Moran


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 - Marissa Magneson

Chair - Kate Stewart

Secretary/Communications - Vacant

2SLGBTQ+ Rep - Marcel Larouche

TYRMC Councillors

Councillor - Sean Arnfinson

Bio coming soon.

Bio coming soon.


Councillor - ​Mary Anne Blore

Councillor - Vacant

Mary Anne’s Métis roots originate in the Red River Settlement. Her maternal lineage traces back to Voyageurs from Quebec working for the North West Company and then the Hudson’s Bay Company stationed at Fort William, working the fur trade across the West and finally settling in the Red River.  Her voyageur ancestors married Métis women with a deep history in the Red River Settlement. Mary Anne is a proud Canadian with ancestors arriving in Canada in the mid-1600’s. Mary Anne’s early years were in Winnipeg and has called Toronto home for almost 40 years. 

She has worked in the Financial Services Industry with a background in Training & Development, Communications, Project Management, and Business Analysis.



Suzanne’s traces her Métis roots to the Clermont-Dusome family of the Red River Settlement. She is a descendant of the Drummond Island Métis who migrated to the Georgian Bay area. In addition to her Menominee ancestry, Suzanne has settler roots that include a Carignan-Salières soldier and his wife who was a ‘fille du roi’; and Irish migrants who fled the potato famine to establish themselves in Simcoe County.  Suzanne was raised on the land near the Georgian Bay waters. 
 
She retired from her Federal public service career in 2009. Her path led her to a coordinator role with the Community Ethics Network and greater engagement with the Urban Indigenous community. Suzanne sees herself as a Knowledge Seeker. 

Bio coming soon.​