Sheri Wildman is a proud Métis and Cree woman who was raised in Vernon, BC, and now resides in Kamloops, BC. She is grateful to the Secwepemc Nation for sharing their territory, as she is able to call it her home. Sheri's Métis background is from her grandmother, Violet Dumont, and her Cree background is from her grandfather, Alexander Paquette.
She is most proud of her continued commitment to ensuring that families who are involved in the child protection system are safe and supported by honouring and strengthening their connections with their culture, family, kinship networks, community and Nation.
Sheri has been involved in the field of social services for over 17 years in a variety of roles and settings. She has specialized in Indigenous Child Protection Social Work since 2005, in both leadership and front-line capacities, with three Delegated Indigenous Agencies. She has extensive experience and demonstrates effective coordination and evaluation of child protection service delivery and a concrete understanding of the legislated authority and role of the MCCFBC. Throughout her professional career, she has enjoyed and has been active in local, regional and provincial committees for the purpose of improving the lives of Indigenous people involved in the child welfare system.
Amber Ouellet joined the MCCFBC in January 2019 as an Administrative Assistant and has quickly become an indispensable part of the team. Amber is proud of her Métis heritage. Her family roots can be traced back to Gerville Alberta on her maternal side. Her Legal and Administrative Assistant Diploma and experience working in a law firm have proven to be very valuable.
When Amber isn’t working, she enjoys yoga, paddle boarding and travelling. She loves the outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Amber takes great joy in providing support to the Cultural Safety Workers and prides herself on being part of this amazing team!
Cassandra Strain is a proud Métis/Cree/Caucasian woman. Her Métis roots come from her maternal grandfather, Norbert Bourke, who was born in Lac La Biche, Alberta to Marie Paquette and Isadore Bourque. Her paternal lineage is Welsh, Irish and Scottish.
Cassandra is married with four daughters, and has two entertaining orange tabby cats named Maizy and Millie. Her daughters have taught her a lot about patience, resiliency, advocacy, and unconditional love. Cassandra was raised with a traditional Métis worldview, and believes that one of the most important values she holds is that family and community connection are crucial to the wellbeing of Métis people, a value she incorporates into her daily work at the MCCFBC.
Cassandra has a Bachelor of Social Work, with an Aboriginal Child Welfare specialization. She has also almost completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology. She has worked and volunteered in various areas of the social work field; however, this is her first role with a Métis-specific organization, and she feels honoured to be working on behalf of Métis children and families.
Suzette Prince is from Northern BC and is a proud Carrier woman. She relocated to Kamloops in 2012, and in 2018 completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology at Thompson Rivers University. She also completed a First Nations Certificate.
Suzette has two grown children and recently became a grandma. She is an intergenerational residential school survivor and understands the trauma that many Indigenous people experience.
Suzette’s past experiences working as an advocate in the public education system and as a family resource worker assist her in her work with the MCCFBC with ensuring that Métis culture is preserved and respected and that families/kinship ties remain strong.
Wendy Chernivchan was born and raised with four siblings in Edmonton, Alberta and relocated to Kamloops in 1984. Wendy and her spouse have raised three sons on the traditional territories of the Secwepemc people.
Wendy is very proud of her Métis heritage. Her grandfather Edward Fayant was Métis, and one of her fondest memories of her grandfather is watching him jig while her grandmother played the spoons during family Christmas celebrations.
In addition to a Diploma in Human Services, Wendy has received teachings on the history, culture, and genealogy of the Métis people through her mother, grandfather and community elders, as well as through her previous volunteer work with Two Rivers Métis Society and her prior employment with Métis Nation British Columbia and Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services.