We are happy to welcome our newest staff member, Jessica Doerner, Traditional Wellness Coordinator. Details are below.
Administration Assistant: Deanna Dormuth
While working as the Administrative Assistant, Deanna is learning the basics of Human Resources Administration.
Deanna is from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations. She has worked in the food industry, hotel industry, and as a customer service representative before she started school at Thompson Rivers University in 2006. She attended the Business Administration Technology and Bookkeeping program. Upon graduating from the program she obtained a position at BC Assessment where she utilized her schooling. She spent a couple years there and then she landed herself a position at a local power company where she spent a year doing data entry and handling large accounts.
Deanna loves the outdoors where she can enjoy summer camping, hiking, hunting and fishing. She also enjoys sketching and painting. She is interested in learning more about our First Nation communities and traditions.
She, now, has found herself at home here with the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council starting May 2016.
You can contact Deanna at extension 200
Executive Director: Shawn Holte
Shawn has a strong experience in Business, Administration and Human Resources management for both a First Nation’s government and a regional First Nation’s organization. He also has experience in forestry and forest products manufacturing. His education background in the CGA Program of Professional Studies has provided a backbone to the work he has done in these areas.
Shawn’s phone extension is 209.
Finance Officer: Leona Davies
Leona began her accounting career in 1980 through studying the CGA program to PACE Level 3, received a Diploma in Management Studies and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce at Thompson Rivers University. She managed a 5.5 million financial portfolio and has had accounting positions in forestry, construction, retail, manufacturing and government funding. She has taught accounting courses for both Thompson Rivers University and the College of New Caledonia in their Office Administration programs. Leona is proficient with and up to date with software such as ACCPAC, Simply, QuickBooks and Microsoft Office programs.
Leona can be reached at extension 210.
Operations Officer: Bert Groenenberg
Developing policy, land, or a business? Call Bert to develop new opportunities. He has experience in administration, project management, business development and construction. He received his Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer certification from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). He has a BA in Geography (SFU 1990) and is a Landscape Technologist (Ryerson 1980).
Bert can be reached at phone extension 208.
Family Support Worker, Quesnel: Jennifer Vickers, BSW
Jennifer Vickers is a registered social worker who works with First Nation families in the Quesnel area. She can be reached at 250-992-2075. Jennifer assists families with MCFD, court matters, advocacy and referrals to other support agencies.
Family Support Worker, Williams Lake: Norma-Jean Stump
My name is Norma-Jean Stump I am Chilcotin from Esdilagh First Nation. I am the Family Support Worker for Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council. I have worked in the Justice Field for over 20 years, advocating and supporting First Nation’s people dealing with court, criminal, family and legal issues. A large part of my job is advocating and finding resources for families in need such as treatment programs, parenting, residential school healing, programs for children and youth.
I have always enjoyed advocating for people who need assistance in their rights and having someone with a strong voice. The current systems do not always allow many options for people who are treated unfairly.
To maintain our history, culture and traditional ways, I believe our families can be strong and healthy and changing things for future generations.
I am thankful for the opportunities that I have had in working with our communities.
I have added some links that give good information for rights in child apprehension, legal assistance, treatment programs and complaints.
- rcybc.ca is the Representative for Children and Youth
- familylaw.lss.bc.ca Family Law in BC from the Legal Services Society
- firstnationstreatment.org Association of BC First Nations Addictions Services
- aboriginal.ubc.ca/2011/02/20/first-nations-legal-clinic/ UBC’s First Nations Legal Clinic
Contact Norma-Jean Stump at (250)398-7033, extension 206.
Traditional Wellness Coordinator, Jessica Doerner
Jessica Doerner, originally from Ontario, has lived and worked in the Cariboo-Chilcotin with First Nations children, youth and adults for 15 years. Jessica, fluent in four languages, also lived and worked with the Mayan, Tzotzil Nations of Mexico and Guatemala for over seven years, where she started a family.
Her strengths have been gained through her own personal exploration, education and frontline work experience serving the Ts’ilhqotin, Secwepemc and Dakelh Dene Nations in various capacities including youth outreach in Williams Lake, Aboriginal Child and Youth mental health and wellness coordinator, youth and family treatment counsellor, youth corrections counsellor at Camp Trapping in Prince George, as well as, Wellness Coordinator for Yunesit’in Government and Williams Lake Hub Coordinator for IndigenEyez BC; a youth empowerment program.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, and has spent the last ten years focusing on mental health and addictions, impacts of trauma, attachment theory, and counselling psychology education.
A love for the wild nature of this area, she enjoys hiking, horseback riding, mountain bike riding, mushroom picking, berry picking, wild harvesting and being with her family out under the big sky and mountains.
Jessica can be contacted at (250)398-7033, extension 202. Her email is email@example.com.
First Nation Health Authority staff in our office:
Jamie Tanis, Dakelh Dene Community Engagement Coordinator
Provide communications, collaboration & planning support to the Dakelh Dené Nation communities. Develops & supports local community engagement activities as part of a regional team. Additionally, ensures that engagement functions & resources are effectively integrated, organized & leveraged to meet strategic & operational needs within the Dakelh Dené Nation.
Jamie believes it is never too late to learn. She graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work in 2007, the day before her son graduated from high school and three years after her daughter graduated from high school. Jamie has previously worked as a social worker, a legal secretary, a victim services worker and as a customer service agent. She enjoys spending time in community, learning about culture and getting to know community members. Jamie and her husband Jim enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and exploring the Chilcotin backroads. Jamie and girlfriends have hiked the West Coast Trail, in the Mt. Robson area and have completed a short bicycle trip. Jamie is excited to learn more about First Nations Health and how she can help others.
Jamie will be working out of the CCTC office at 59 First Avenue South, Williams Lake. Jamie is currently working five days a week and can be reached at Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 267-9635.