We are happy to welcome our newest staff member Karen Kubiski she will be the Land and Resource Officer
Dawnelle Cahoose, Administrative Assistant
Dawnelle’s phone extension is 200
Shawn Holte, Executive Director
Shawn’s phone extension is 209
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.
Tammy Keith, Executive Assistant
Tammy’s phone extension is 207
Leona Davies, Finance Officer
Leona’s phone extension is 210
Leona began her accounting career in 1980 by 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.
Bert Groenenberg, Operations Officer
Bert’s phone extension is 208
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’s phone extension is 208
Jennifer Vickers, BSW, Family Support Worker Quesnel Office
Office number in Quesnel is (250) 992-2075
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.
Norma-Jean Stump, Family Support Worker Williams Lake Office
Norma Jean’s phone extension is 206
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
Jessica Doerner, Traditional Wellness Coordinator
Jessica’s phone extension is 202
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 counseling 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.
First Nation Health Authority staff in our office:
Jamie Tanis, Dakelh Dene Community Engagement Coordinator
Jamie’s phone extension is 203
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 the community, learning about the 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.
Jane Wellburn, Proposal Writer
Jane’s phone extension is 205.
Michelle Francis, Child and Youth Worker in Ulkatcho Community
Band office number (250) 742-3260 or (250) 742-3288
Karen Kubiski, Land and Resource Officer
Karen’s phone extension is 211.
Karen is a vegetation ecologist who specializes in ethnobotany. She has worked for the provincial government (BC Ministry of Forests), environmental consulting companies, environmental non-government organizations (BCCF), and First Nations throughout her career. Karen has extensive experience in conducting environmental impact assessments for vegetation, wetlands, and ethnobotanical species, developing and implementing vegetation monitoring programs, landscape ecology, third-party environmental reviews, and ethnobotany in BC, Alberta and the NWT. Karen has also acted as an expert witness in regulatory hearings as a vegetation ecologist who specializes in ethnobotany.
Karen completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern BC and she holds a Master of Science degree at the University of Alberta which focused on the cumulative effects of human disturbance at the regional scale. She also completed a two year applied environmental resource management technical diploma at the University of Alberta. She has over fifteen years of experience in vegetation ecology, ten years in ethnobotany, three years in the environmental planning, and she is registered as a professional practicing ecologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.
Ms. Kubiski sat on Alberta’s Land Use Framework and Integrated Land Management working groups for Treaty 8 Alberta, and she has three approved years (of five) with the Canadian Institute of Planners. Karen has an excellent working understanding of native plant species, plant communities and wetlands in northern Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and in the tundra of the Northwest Territories. Karen has extensive experience in project management, ARC GIS mapping, and working knowledge of statistical and ordination analysis for plant species and habitats.