PAFNW Board of Directors 2019 – 2020
Darlene Kelly – President
Amanda Kai – Vice President
Ruth Kenny – Director
Aaniin! Boozhoo! My name is Ruth Kenny. I’m Anishinabe from Lac Seul First Nation in NW Ontario. I’m a proud mom to 3 adult children. I’ve lived here on Coast Salish stolen lands since 1992. I have worked in the DTES for many years with Indigenous individuals and families. I’m currently working full time with Indigenous Child & Youth Mental Health and with Fraser Health on a casual basis. I just completed a 2 year term as Director with the BC College of Social Workers and Chaired the Indigenous Committee. I graduated from UBC with my Masters of Social Work. I love to see all the programs and services that the PAFNW offers and look forward to being a part of it. Chi Miigwetch!
Diana Day, Oneida, Program Coordinator, Lead Matriarch
Diana Day is an Indigenous First Nations from the Oneida Nation a member of the Wolf Clan and has lived in Vancouver since the early 80’s. Diana is passionate about social justice issues that impact the health and welfare of the most vulnerable. Diana has an honors degree in Psychology and is the Lead Matriarch for the Pacific Association of First Nations Women since June of 2017. A long-time advocate for health care and education Diana was the Leader, Aboriginal Community Development and Engagement for over 10 years with Vancouver Coastal Health and worked diligently with the First Nations communities throughout the Region. Her work experience includes work at the local, regional, provincial and national level ranging from program development to management. With exceptional facilitation skills Diana has provided personal and professional development training for Indigenous people in Canada and the US. Diana volunteers as a board member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council in Vancouver. Her most important role is mothering her two young adult children Alexander and Angeline, both in Post Secondary Studies.
Joy Chalmers, Cree, Homecare Services Manager
Jodi Blanchette, Anishinabe,
I’m Plains Anishinabe from Treaty 4, Saskatchewan. I’ve lived here on the unceded Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh since 1995. I’m the Mom of a teen, and we reside in North Vancouver. I have a Partner and he has a 9 year old son. My volunteer and work experience has been in the areas of: Land Protection, Indigenous women’s organizing, Transition House Manager, Community Counselor, Foster Parent, and Family Support Worker. I’ve overcome much adversity in my life as a former student of the last Indian Residential School to close in 1996, and as former ward of the child welfare system. I completed a First Nations Studies Degree at UBC. I am currently in enrolled in a Masters program-Counseling Psychology at City University of Seattle-Vancouver campus. I am personally and politically committed to healing myself and assisting others from the effects of ongoing colonial trauma. I wish to assist Indigenous women and their families in telling their stories of Missing and
Murdered Women and Girls in a safe and culturally competent way.
Jessica Couzelis, Inuit & Métis, Languages Coordinator
Jessica brings a strong background in customer service and administration to our team, which is complimented by her passion for holistic approaches to wellness as she is also a practicing artist, teacher and healer. Having recently returned from 3 years living abroad, connecting with indigenous communities in Morocco and Egypt, Jessica is grateful to be back in her hometown of Vancouver to discover and honor her own indigenous ancestry. Inspired by all forms of creative expression and self discovery, she is eager to be of service to others on their personal journeys by applying these values to PAFNW’s evolving Cree and Ojibway Language Program.