Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC
"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"
The Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC will be holding their Annual General Meeting in Kamloops, BC
at Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services located at 707 Tranquille Road
on Saturday September 20th, 2014
A traditional lunch will be served at noon and the meeting will follow lunch
We invite all partner organizations and community members to attend.
This also serves as notification for a call for board members:
Since 1998 the Métis Commission has been a registered non-profit society. The Métis Commission for Children and Families BC is named in provincial legislation as the designated authority for Métis children and families throughout BC. It works with Métis service providing agencies to strengthen and sustain healthy Métis communities for our children and families; and assists in the development of Métis infrastructure in B.C.
Volunteer Board of Directors in accordance with Part 6 and 7 of the bylaws that state:
Part 6 – Appointment of Directors
The society shall consist of 3-9 Métis Commissioners, which are defined as follows:
The minimum number of directors required for the society to be effective must be three or another number determined from time to time at a general meeting.
The duration of the appointment of Métis Commissioners shall be:
Part 7 – Process of Appointing Directors
The directors shall be appointed through the following process:
The Métis Commission will request from the Federal and Provincial Governments recommendations for one Federal and one Provincial persons to be appointed as ex officio members.
Each Métis Commissioner must meet the following criteria in order to be Métis Commissioner of the society:
All Métis Commissioners and ex officio members must meet the following criteria:
Individuals interested in application to the board please submit a resume and cover letter via email or regular mail to:
Métis Commission for Children & Families of BC
9-111 Oriole Road, Kamloops
The deadline for board applications is Friday September 5, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
*please note this is not a paid position however all travel expenses are provided*
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC
Official Statement Regarding Dr. Deborah Canada
The Métis Commission for Children and Families of British Columbia (MCCFBC) is formally announcing that Dr. Deborah Canada will no longer be with the organization due to a severe medical condition.
As we know Dr. Canada was the MCCFBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the past seven years. Dr. Canada become quite ill in late 2013 and has been unable to return to MCCFBC since this date.
After positive ongoing discussions both parties agreed that it’s in the best interest of Dr. Canada and of the MCCFBC if Dr. Canada focuses on her health and wellness.
MCCFBC thanks Dr. Canada for her contributions to the work of MCCFBC and Métis child and family services throughout the province for many years.
MCCFBC wishes Dr. Canada well as we move forward welcoming a new Chief Executive Officer (Ms. Eva Coles) and MCCFBC begins a new chapter in the organization’s important work for Métis communities and families throughout British Columbia.
The Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Eva Coles as our new contracted CEO
Eva comes to the Commission with a wealth of knowledge and practice in the child welfare field. She worked for Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society for 14 years; over 10 of those years as a manager. She was instrumental in growing this non - profit agency from 5 to 50 staff in preparation for self-governance and treaty. Ktunaxa is recognized as one of the top First Nations Agencies in BC.
She is also an Executive Coach, operating her own company EMC2 – Energy Momentum Coaching and Consulting.
Eva is looking forward to her new role as CEO of the Commission and working towards improving the Aboriginal child welfare system. Eva’s contract begins August 15th.
Eva Coles has been in service to aboriginal communities for over 25 years in British Columbia and Alberta. She started as a social worker in Northern Alberta with Métis settlements and has worked with urban aboriginal people as well as on reserves with First Nations populations. Eva has been the catalyst to award winning programs that have been noticed for their innovation and excellence in the areas of social work practice as well as social enterprise in non-profits.
Eva has a calm, patient presence and an Eagle Eye for seeing what is happening in groups and systems. She has spoken at international conferences in Australia, New Zealand and Arizona on topics related to changing the world of aboriginal Social Work.
Eva has a BA in First Nations Studies and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She is also a Certified Executive Coach. As the mother of Métis children (Saddle Lake Cree) she knows the importance of cultural identity and belonging for children to stand proud in their community. Eva is on a mission bring change for aboriginal children in Canada.
Eva resides in the East Kootenays with her Golden Retriever along with her kangaroo children that keep bouncing back home between school and world travel.
Eva is also a world traveller and enjoys golf, curling, tennis, kayaking, painting and a good piece of chocolate!
I look forward to serving the mission of the Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC and the children that count on us. Eva Coles
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