Marie Desjardins, aka Kokum, lives in the inner city raising her two grandchildren. She has a degree in Political Science but is unable to find a job in her field and is currently working as a waitress.
Marie had a very traumatizing childhood, growing up in a residential school where she was abused by the clergy, and this had had long-term effects on her health. She is libertarian and has very strong ideas on taking personal responsibility. She distrusts the government and authority.
She raised her son alone and after he and his wife diead in a car accident, she brought their children into her home to care for them. Marie is the matriarch of the household and rules with a "gentle" iron fist.