Office

Council for the Fraser Valley Métis

Committed to our History and Culture

 

Pixie Wells

Interim President, Director of Housing, LGBTQ2+ Representative

Pixie’s heritage comes from her Father’s side, so does her humour. She grew up in the Fraser Valley on the traditional and unceded territories of the Stó:lō (People of the river) and Invermere BC, on the northwestern shore of Windermere Lake where her father’s family settled. Pixie has been on a few boards throughout her life and enjoys being able to serve our community by exploring safe and sustainable housing options for Indigenous people. Pixie is also a proud LGBTQ+2, two-spirited person.

Curt Smecher

Vice President

Curt has his Métis roots in the Red River and North Battleford areas through the Short, Ross, Thibeault, Vivier and Delorme families..  He grew up in the historic Métis community of St. Albert, Alberta. He works in the community as a specialist Physician (Anesthesiologist). As Métis, we are a self-determined indigenous people.  The resilience, independence and family/community focus of the Métis culture is important to pass on to our children. Curt is active in teaching Archery and shooting skills to our youth. He is proud to have served the community since 2015.

Lisa Hendry

Director of Health

Lisa comes from a long line of strong Métis women and is the proud Great Grand Daughter of Georgina Nàdon and Arthur Régnier from the St Peters, Manitoba.  Lisa is passionate about promoting health and wellness through an Indigenous health perspective. This perspective includes having a strong sense of identity and community connections. She is proud to be a part of the FVMA and work with the Board of Directors serving our chartered community.

Chris Kelly

Director of Education

Coming Soon!

Carly Hale

Director of Culture and Engagement

Taanishi, Carly Hale di-shi-nika-shoon (Hello, my name is Carly Hale) and I am a proud Métis citizen who can trace my lineage back to the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. Due to the diaspora of our people I was never raised in my culture or practiced my traditions. This disconnect from my culture created confusion and a sense of ambivalence toward my Métis identity which I have come to learn is a very common issue experienced by Métis people. Since connecting with my culture, I feel like a complete person. I have been an active community member of the FVMA since 2017. As a Métis social worker, I know that a connection to our community and culture are protective factors for health-related illnesses such as mental health issues. This is the driving force that inspires me to engage Métis youth, families and communities in our culture as it creates strong, healthy leaders for our Nation's future.

Jacquie Tourand

Director of Heritage and Language

Coming Soon!

Neesha Pooni

Youth Representative

Neesha was raised in Abbotsford, BC, on the unceded traditional homelands of the Stó:lō people. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to live, work and play on their beautiful territory. Neesha is a graduate from Simon Fraser University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science. She is a proud Cree-Métis woman of the Michif speaking people, with ancestral ties to the Red River Settlements of Manitoba. She is also proud of her East Indian/Punjabi heritage. Neesha is currently the elected Youth Representative at the Fraser Valley Métis Association (FVMA), where she actively works to bring the youth voice and perspective forward in all matters that affect the association.

Ashley Sharpe

Director of Media

Coming Soon!

Christian Lagrange

Director at Large

Coming Soon!

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FVMA Bylaws

2018

 

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