NAFC welcomes new Board President and Board Members

NAFC welcomes new Board President and Board Members

Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of its new president Jessica Croucher and its new and returning board members after the membership vote at the 2023 Annual General Meeting on September 7th 2023.

NAFC extends gratitude to the outgoing board members and nominations committee for their contribution over the past year as well as preparation for the AGM.

“I want to congratulate each and everyone of you on your successful appointment to the board of directors. I look forward to working with you for the betterment of our members and community” said NAFC Executive Director Stacy Gillingham.

The new and returning board members for the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre Governance includes:

PRESIDENT:
Jessica Croucher – one year term

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Rhonda Robinson, Vice President – one year term
Melanie Walsh, Secretary – two year term
Joelle Erskine, Treasurer – two year term
Kayla Aikins, Director – two year term
Marie “Buffy” Cheecham, Director – one year term
Cecile Calliou, Director – two year term
Katalin Loutitt, Director – one year term

“As per our bylaws we utilized a nominations committee which was decided by the previous Board of Directors at the Membership Meeting on June 20th 2023. The nominations committee met several times and had the difficult decision to vet all the nominees and select two candidates for the president’s position and chose 14 nominees names for the Board of Directors position – a board member stepped down in August 2023 and 2 more names were added. After the election the newly elected Board of Directors held their first meeting where the Executive Board is voted in.” stated the Board of Directors.

“The Board of Directors shares gratitude with the membership and community for their support during the transition of leadership. As our collective focus shifts to building a strong and healthy community space, the NAFC board gently reminds everyone of our code of conduct and our zero tolerance for bullying or harassment towards any Board of Director, Staff or Member. NAFC must uphold values of being a community guided by respect, accountability, open-mindedness, cultural understanding, honesty and integrity while achieving our vision of being a cultural connected community where mutual respect and acceptance enable Indigenous people to achieve their full potential.” said Board President Jessica Croucher.

The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre looks forward to working together in friendship.

For further inquiries:
Board of Directors, Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre
board@nistawoyouafc.com

Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre receives funding to explore bringing Cultural Inclusion & Diversity Training and Consultation Services to the Wood Buffalo Region

Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre receives funding to explore bringing Cultural Inclusion & Diversity Training and Consultation Services to the Wood Buffalo Region

Fort McMurray, AB – The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre (NAFC) is proud to announce the funding support received from the National Association of Friendship Centres through the Investment Readiness Program.

NAFC’s project will explore providing necessary Cultural Inclusion & Diversity training within our region. The Wood Buffalo region is one of great diversity with many cultures as well as many varying Indigenous communities – ensuring our local companies, businesses and entrepreneurs are equipped to create a safe and welcoming workspace to all is vitally important for the continuous growth of Fort McMurray and surrounding communities. Once up and running this project hopes to provide consultation services, opportunities for presentations and workshops to our region, one-on-one consultations to businesses and entrepreneurs as well as opportunities for group training sessions.

“We are grateful to the National Association Friendship Centre for their generosity with this wonderful opportunity for NAFC. This support will allow us to work with local Elders and Knowledge Keepers to create training and workshops that will be available throughout our community, in local businesses, schools, organizations, and much more”, said Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre’s Executive Director Stacy Gillingham.

The initial phase of this project will include developing the necessary industry connections as well as legal and professional expertise to support the business plan. NAFC asks that local law offices, financial planners and industry professionals offering their support on this project please reach out to NAFC Director of Fund Development & Communications, Brittany Pittman at development@nistawoyouafc.com.

The team of the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre look forward to getting started on this project through the support of the National Association of Friendship Centres.

For further inquiries:
Stacy Gillingham, Executive Director
Ph. 780-743-8555
Email. ed@nistawoyouafc.com