Suzanne Paterson Interim Executive Director

Suzanne is Métis of Cree and Scottish ancestry from Fort Pelly, Saskatchewan.  Suzanne has been married to her husband and best friend for 26 years and is a loving mother to her three sons, ages 20, 16 and 12.  The family enjoys living on a small hobby farm in Maple Ridge.

Suzanne received her Bachelor's Degree of Arts with a Major in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.  Her work history is in social work; she worked for a Métis Delegated Child and Family Services agency for over 12 years in the roles of Guardianship Worker, Child Protection Worker, Team Leader and Programs Manager.  As well, Suzanne has had the opportunity to work with an Elder in the Métis community facilitating preventative, cultural, personal healing and parenting workshops across the province of BC.  

Suzanne has recently joined the Métis Commission team in April, 2022 to cover Sheri Wildman's parental leave.  She is honored to fill in for Sheri and to be part of an agency whose vision is to advance transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth, and families.  Suzanne believes strongly that Métis culture needs to be interwoven into the social services' practice and services in every community of British Columbia to address the intergenerational effects of colonization for the future well-being of Métis children, youth, and families.

Chantel MacMillanCultural Safety Worker

Chantel MacMillan originally joined the team in September 2020 as the Youth Connections Finder. As the child of someone who was adopted in Manitoba, she understands the hole that a lack of connection to culture and family can bring. Chantel has lived all over this beautiful province - from the Lower Mainland to the West Kootenays and onward to Prince George - and even lived in Québec for a summer; however, she has always called the Interior home. She believes that her experiences with people and cultures across the province bring her a unique perspective and understanding. Chantel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Thompson Rivers University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Northern BC. She started my career as a high school teacher in northern BC and, since returning to Kamloops, has held various roles working with youth in care and adults with diverse needs. Her background in working with youth in both the education and social service systems make her passionate about making a difference in their lives, ensuring they have a sense of belonging, and preserving their culture. She is honoured to continuing helping our youth in the role of a Cultural Safety Worker.

Amber OuelletCultural Safety Worker

Taanshi!  Amber joined the MCCFBC team in January 2019, as an Administrative Assistant and quickly became an indispensable part of the team.  Helping to run the office and support the Cultural Safety Workers was extremely rewarding, but she always felt like she could do so much more to help our children and families.

As of January 6, 2020, Amber became a Cultural Safety Worker and she feels honoured to be working on behalf of Metis children and families. Amber’s personal and professional experience has given her the passion, drive and understanding necessary to help Metis children and families connect to their community, culture, nation and family.

Amber is proud of her Metis heritage, tracing her roots back to Girouxville, Alberta, on her maternal side.  Amber’s Legal/Administrative Diploma and experience working in a law firm have proven valuable, as well as her experience as an outreach worker with vulnerable youth.  As a previous child in care, Amber is truly honoured to be doing this work to ensure that our Metis children in care have better outcomes and lifelong connections to family, community and culture. Amber takes great joy in being a part of this amazing team and all the great work that is being done for Metis children and families here.