Mary Lou Smoke, Asayenes Kwe, Bear Clan, Batchewana Bay, was recognized in London, Ont. as a 2013 YMCA Woman of Excellence for her work in education. She is co-producer of Smoke Signals at CHRW Radio 94.9 FM,. www.chrwradio.ca and CTV London, and teaches Representation of Indigenous Issues in the Mainstream and Alternative Media and Introduction to Indigenous Spirituality at University of Western Ontario, where she is part of the First Nations Studies Department. Mary Lou is partner of Dan Smoke and grandmother of Ryan Smoke, who is 12 years old.