Recent Wet'suwet'en News
August 23, 2016
In the Spotlight
It is my great privilege and honour to have joined the wonderful Office of the Wet’suwet’en team! Please allow me to introduce myself and brief background:
I have previously served as the Executive Director in the creation of a Children and Family Services organization in northeast British Columbia building the organization from a budget of $ 40,000 contract funding to more than $ 1.6 Million in annualized funding.
Previous to that I worked for more than 7 years as the Regional Manager for Aboriginal Services with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (2001-2008) with key duties including leading all negotiations with the 6 First Nation delegated child welfare agencies in the North Region for the devolution transfer of resources supporting their assuming increased provision of statutory and support services to their member communities and people.
Prior to assuming that position I had the tremendous honour of working as the Ministerial Assistant to Grand Chief Edward John when he was the Minister for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (2000-2001).
My first professional job I secured upon completing by Bachelor of Arts Degree (major in Criminology) from Simon Fraser University was as the Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Ministry of Forests from 1996-2001 in the Vanderhoof and then Prince George Forest Districts.
One of my greatest sources of pride and achievement has been volunteering my time, first as the Manager for the Prince George Bantam AAA Rep Hockey team in 1999 & 2000 (where 2nd year Bantam player from Smithers, Dan Hamhuis had his coming out party at the 2009 Prince George Bantam AAA Hockey Tournament and was protected by the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, the rest is history). I then served as the Chairperson for the then Air Canada Cup National Midget Hockey Championship which enabled me to work closely with Canadian Hockey Association, and a wonderful 24 member Host Committee of dedicated selfless people from Prince George and area. I also had the distinct privilege of serving as the Chairperson for two additional National Championship events in Prince George which were the: 2003 Senior Men’s Canadian Baseball Championship, and 2007 Canadian National Fast Pitch Championship.
I am of Cree ancestry from my “Sine”, love fishing and have long been a tremendous admirer of the leadership the Wet’suwet’en Nation has demonstrated including the tremendous co-success in advancing and winning the historic Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, thus, I feel very blessed and fortunate, and look forward to meeting you all soon!