Chief Dr. Robert Joseph
Reconciliation Canada Ambassador
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation. His life has been dedicated to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding, and racism at home and abroad. Chief Joseph is currently the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Member of the National AFN Elder Council, Special Advisor to both Canada’s TRC and Indian Residential School Resolutions Canada. Chief Joseph is also co-Chair of the BC National TRC event.
Karen has 18 years of experience inspiring diverse partners to collaborate on strategic planning processes that support effective change. She brings both experiential and researched knowledge regarding the impacts of multi-generational trauma and upholds a lifelong commitment to providing individuals with opportunities to achieve their highest potential.
Senior Director of Operations
A strategic leader and project manager with over 25 years of business experience, Keenabrings a superior ability to lead large teams to successfully achieve organizational objectives while providing guidance and support to help team members achieve their goals. Project management experience includes project costs/scope of focus ranging from $50k to $2.5b. Keena is a Chartered Accountant, Project Management Professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Senior Director of People Engagement
Brad is a team builder, innovative thinker and strategic planner with over 20 years of volunteer engagement and communications experience. Brad’s career has focused on organizations and projects that are working to create positive impact within diverse communities. As the Manager of Workforce Operations for VANOC 2010 Games, Brad was responsible for various projects including the call for volunteers. Brad has a passion and commitment to community building.
Jaymyn La Vallee
Jaymyn has over 3 years of experience working as an executive assistant with not-for-profit first nation organizations and is currently studying First Nation studies and environmental science at Simon Fraser University. She is a future indigenous leader who is interested in making a difference for the generations to come and building a sustainable future.
Community Engagement Lead
Hekwa’gila’owgwa, Shelley Joseph, brings over 20 years of experience paired with education covering spiritual, physical, mental and emotional well-being for families and communities. She is passionate about supporting First Nations people to take an active role in healing and growth utilizing a holistic approach to well-being. Shelley has always followed traditional teachings through a lifetime of learning from elders and cultural leaders. Aligning with Reconciliation Canada’s idea about creating a better tomorrow for our children; Shelley lives by the Kwakwaka’wakw law “if not for our children, what would our purpose be?” And has always believed in the Kwa’kwala phrase– ḵ̕wa̱la’yu, you are my reason for living. Rounding out her beliefs and cultural values; Shelley is excited to continue to move the work of Reconciliation Canada forward and be a part of her dad’s legacy.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Michelle comes to the team with a background in non-profit administration, volunteer engagement, marketing and communications and a passion for intercultural relations. Combining her education in business with the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others, she spent the last ten years of her life to working with non-profit organizations and volunteering internationally. Her travels abroad and recent graduate studies in intercultural communications has fuelled her desire to embark on this journey of reconciliation and honouring diversity with the rest of the Reconciliation Canada team.
Director of People Engagement
Lizzie has over 5 years of experience within volunteer engagement and development in the UK and Canada. She is experienced at developing all aspects of the volunteer engagement cycle from needs assessment and role development to multiple level training and recognition. A passionate and enthusiastic individual who promotes andsupports voluntary and community activity, Lizzie strongly believes that building confidence in others is the key to success.
Director of Major Events
Tegan’s diverse background is in nonprofit campaign and event management, business development, marketing and communications. Having earned a Masters of Global Business in Canada, Tegan has also studied in Taiwan and Austria. She has worked with a range of organizations and environments, from the west coast to Hong Kong.
Producer, Walk for Reconciliation and New Way Forward Celebration
Over the past 18 years, Roy Yen has produced more than 850 concerts, events, festivals and mass spectacles domestically and abroad including the Live Sites program for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the 150th Anniversary of the Province of British Columbia and the 150th Anniversary of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. This breadth of international experience provides a unique perspective on the nature of interdependence between government, entertainment and culture as key components in building community.
Director of Legacy Planning
Chris brings a wealth of experience in project and financial management to the team. Chris is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience managing large national projects for a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm. Prior to that, Chris worked as a physiotherapist in a variety of health care settings.
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