PAFNW Board of Directors 2019 – 2020
Darlene Kelly – President
Amanda Kai – Vice President
Sherri Beth, Ojibway, Treasurer
Sherri-Beth Rosette is an Ojibway Woman, and has been living in North Vancouver since 1991. She moved from her hometown, Toronto, in search of a healthier lifestyle. In British Columbia she found Mother Nature in abundance, giving her the calmness she was looking for to complete her Grade 12, and Graduate with Honours while working full-time as a Customer Service Representative. Post Secondary she attended Business courses during the evening, while taking on more responsibilities working in the Accounting Department. After 9 years of experience in Business she was recommended for a position as a Personal Assistant to the CEO of a midsized Tech Company. After accepting the position, her new employer was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and his health declined rapidly. As a member of the Bear Clan her ability to tackle the medical needs of her employer came naturally. 16 years later, she continues to combine her business education and home healthcare experience through self-employment. She attends Board Meetings with her clients at the ALS Society of BC, and has sat on the Patient Services Committee. Sherri-Beth has also attended a 2 year Counselling Program at Vancouver Community College and studies the Medicine Wheel. Her spare time is used hiking, canoeing, playing hockey, and keeping connected to her First Nations Heritage through arts and crafts.
Ashley Quinn – Secretary
Laurie Simon – Director
Ruth Kenny, Anishinabe, 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, 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, Home Care Services Manager
Elaine Moyah, Cree – Programs Assistant
Jodi Blanchette – Counsellor
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.