2021 Board of Directors

 

Donald A. Humphries, October 12, 1954

Michipicoten First Nation

Donald is currently the President of the Board of Directors and has served as President for four years. He has been on the Board of Directors for six years. He has a Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University as well as a Masters of Social Work from York University. Donald worked in the field of Child Welfare for over 31 years; 5 years for Alberta Social Services and 26 years for the Childs Aid Society of Algoma. All of his social work career occurred in rural communities and he was a Supervisor/Manager for 25 years. He has a Voluntary Social Services Management Certificate from York Univeristy and is a certified trainer for OACAS. At times, he taught college courses in Family Violence and Rural Social, and supervised College and University Field Placements. Donald has also written numerous social policies and funding proposals over the last 35 years.

 

Chief Theresa Nelson, December 22, 1972

Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (Lake Nipigon Ojibway First Nation)

Chief Theresa Nelson is currently the Vice-President of the Board of Directors and has served as the Vice-President for four years. Chief Nelson has several years’ experience working with families on reunification through life plans, assisting members with re-entering the workforce, becoming new homeowners, or completing treatment and training. As Chief of her community, she is honoured to provide front line assistance to families and help with needs; from helping to secure housing to preparing members to attend treatment and training programming. Chief Nelson has two diplomas from Sault College in the science field which provides her with an excellent background in planning and technical advisory roles and great communication skills. She has worked for the Ministry and understands policy and procedures. As a mother, she is well versed in multi-tasking, nurturing and ensuring that the work gets completed on time. As a hunter and trapper, Chief Nelson knows how to survive with basic needs, she can think quickly and without panic. She is a logical thinker and has travelled in many moccasins; coming up with solutions without judgment. She is always willing to roll up her sleeves and fight on the front line when things get rough, answer tough questions when things go south, or be there for the most precious moments. She dedicates 100% to everything she does.

 

Lillian Calder, September 26, 1950

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation)

Lillian is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors and has served as Secretary/Treasurer for two years. Lillian was appointed by her community to represent Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek. She is currently employed by her First Nation and is serving her 3rd term on Council totaling 12 years. Lillian sits on three boards in an Executive capacity and on three additional committees. She has an education in Administration and Accounting from Confederation College. Lillian has 20 years’ experience as a Finance and Human Resources Officer for an Indigenous organization. She is an experienced facilitator of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek band meetings. She has offered many songs with drumming for events and tea’s with Elders. Lillian has training in Spirit Builder from Nokiiwin Tribal Council and at Mishkobimaadiziwin to regain her language.

 

Bonnie Goodchild

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River First Nation)

Bonnie Goodchild has been on the Board for more than five years. She is a lifetime member and resident of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg. She has a solid foundation of the indigenous way of life and is a proud Anishinabe Kwe. She has served on Council for a total of ten years. Bonnie’s educational background is in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Her previous work experience includes ten years as a personnel clerk with Parks Canada, ten years as the Executive Director of Anishinabek Employment and Training Services. Bonnie is currently the General Manager with Pic River Development Corporation, a non-profit organization promoting Biigtigong Nishnaabeg economic and social development for the membership.

 

Michele Solomon

Fort William First Nation

Michelle was appointed as a representative of the Chief and Council of Fort William First Nation. She has served on the Board for four years. She is currently employed as a Community Development Manager by the Ontario Native Women’s Association. She has five years of management experience, and twelve years of experience working in Mental Health and Addictions. Michelle possesses a Social Service Worker Diploma and a Bachelor Arts Indigenous Learning. She has a certificate in Management Training from Schulich and has been on Council for Fort William First Nation for six years.

 

Kelly Fortier, October 22, 1977

Ginoogaming First Nation

Kelly was appointed as a Board of Director by the community of Ginoogaming First Nation and is serving her third year on the Board. She is currently employed by Ginoogaming First Nation as the Community Health Representative / Registered Practical Nurse. She also worked for her community as the Prescription Drug Coordinator for six years. Kelly also has experience as a Family Support Worker. She was elected and has served more than six years on Band Council for Ginoogaming First Nation. She is also the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Mazinaajim Childrens Foundation.

 

Chief Wilfred King

Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation)

Chief Wilfred King has been on the Board of Directors for eight years and has served two terms as the Vice-President of the Board. He represents his community of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek.

 

Shirley Tyance, August 20, 1996

Long Lake 58 First Nation

Shirley was appointed by the community of Long Lake 58 First Nation and is in her second year on the Board. She is currently employed as a Metis Family Wellbeing Coordinator. Shirley’s educational background is in teaching. She has 35 years’ experience in Social Services and 20 years’ experience in Child Care and Education. Shirley is an experienced facilitator in Traditional teachings and traditional parenting. She has been trained in many areas: ASIST, Safe Talk, First Aid Mental Health, First Aid/CPR, B Safer.

 

Hannah Desmoulin

Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg (Pic Mobert First Nation)

Hannah was appointed by the community of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg and is currently serving her first term on the Board.

 

Raymond Louis Goodchild

Pays Plat First Nation (Pawgwasheeng)

Raymond was appointed by Chief and Council of Pays Plat First Nation to sit on the Dilico Board of Directors. He has served 12 terms as a Board of Director. Raymond has worked for his community for many years. He has served his membership as a Chief for 2 years and a Councillor for 14 years. Raymond has a lot of Board experience, also serving on the boards for: Marjorie Crisis Home Marathon, McCausland Hospital Terrace Bay, Schreiber Food Bank, North of Superior Counselling Program and Wequedong Lodge. Raymond is a graduate of the Social Service Worker Program from Confederation College and has 34 years’ work experience in the social service field.

 

Jolene Cote, December 31, 1977

Red Rock Indian Band

Jolene Cote represents Red Rock Indian Band on the Board of Directors. Jolene is presently in her second year on the Board. She was elected by the membership of her community and is a currently serving as a Councillor.

 

Diana Nayanookeesic, March 19, 1958

Whitesand First Nation

Diana was appointed by Chief and Council and represents Whitesand First Nation. She has served as a Board of Director for 3 years. She has worked for Whitesand First Nation for 25 years and held various positions since then. She is currently employed as the Indian Registration Administrator. She is also a Board of Director for Biidaaban Healing Lodge.