Staff

  • Al McDonald
    Al McDonald
    Maintenance Department
  • Alicia Giesbrecht
    Alicia Giesbrecht
    Referrals Coordinator
  • Betty Paul
    Betty Paul
    Custodian
  • Bonnie Leggat
    Bonnie Leggat
    Lands Clerk
  • Gary Paul
    Gary Paul
    Maintenance Department
  • Helena Paul
    Helena Paul
    Community Wellness Worker
  • Karen Ruddick
    Karen Ruddick
  • Marita Paul – Franke
    Marita Paul – Franke
    Receptionist
  • Norma George
    Norma George
    Social Development and Education Coordinator
  • Terry Ann Stowell
    Terry Ann Stowell
    Lands Assistant
  • Victoria Scharley
    Victoria Scharley
    Housing and Maintenance Manager
Al McDonald
Maintenance Department

Started Work with Leq’á:mel First Nation Public Works Department in 2012.

I am a member of Leq’á:mel First Nation. My position allows me to work out doors doing, snow plowing, lawn maintenance and other various duties pertaining to the public works department, ie setting up and taking down special events venues.

I am Living the dream!

Alicia Giesbrecht
Referrals Coordinator

Éy Swáyel, my name is Alicia Giesbrecht and I am the Referrals Coordinator for Leq’á:mel First Nation (LFN). Currently I am working on the Traditional Land Use & Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TLU/TEK) study for LFN traditional territory. The main purpose of this study is to protect & preserve LFN heritage, and to build on the Leq’á:mel database to make in-depth, educated responses to referrals that are within our traditional territory.

On a more personal level I am a proud mother of 2 daughters and we are descendants of the Johnson/Phillips family of LFN. My ancestors have deep roots in Leq’á:mel territory and I am proud to have the opportunity to carry-on their legacy, continue the process of preserving our LFN ancestors’ heritage and history, as well as play a key role in the knowledge transfer of our wondrous community.

Betty Paul
Custodian

I have been working with Leq’a:mel First Nations for several years.

I take pride in my role of maintaining the cleanliness of our Administration Office.

Bonnie Leggat
Lands Clerk

I started working with the Leq’á:mel community in June 2015 as the Front Desk Receptionist and moved into the Lands Clerk position in 2017. My intentions are to develop and utilize my skills and knowledge to further our common goals for a healthy and prosperous community because I strongly believe in the values and aspirations of our people.

On a personal note; I love the beauty of the terrain that our land has to offer and appreciate taking scenic hikes up Norrish Creek. I grew up in Bridge Lake, BC and working in Leq’á:mel brings up wistful thoughts of the hunting and gathering lifestyle my family thrived on.

I look forward to establishing relationships and memories with the people of our community and am thankful to everyone welcoming me with such open arms!

Gary Paul
Maintenance Department

My English name is Gary Paul, my traditional name Siyŏtámexw. I am member of Leq’á:mel First Nation and started working for my Nation in 2006, as the Public Works within the Maintenance Department. I enjoy working outdoors doing, snow plowing, lawn maintenance and other various other duties for my community.  I hold certificates in Small Water Systems and Small Waste Water – Lagoon.

Helena Paul
Community Wellness Worker

‘Slhalhiyot’ tel skwix. I am also known as Helena. I am Secwepemc from Tk’emlúps (Kamloops Indian Band) and I have been adopted into the Hall family from Skowkale by my siblings father. Mother is a settler born and raised in Chilliwack. Since I have been residing in Stó:lō territory for 23 years, I have had the honour of learning and practicing Stó:lō traditions/protocols. I have been working for the Stó:lō for 18yrs now in various capacities-Employment services, Youth Work, and within the health field.

As the Community Wellness Worker I would like to be a part of assisting members to enjoy a high-quality of life in all four aspects (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual) through services that support traditional and modern modes of care.

CWW@leqamel.ca

 

Karen Ruddick

Coming soon.

Marita Paul – Franke
Receptionist

My ancestral name is Se:we’ – My given name is Marita Denise Paul-Franke (nee Paul)
I am the daughter of the Late Delivina Mary Paul (nee Thompson) of Leq’á:mel First Nation and Melvin Casimer Paul of the Sechelt First Nation
My Grandfather is the late Henry Thompson of Leq’á:mel First Nation

I am married with 3 wonderful children, one daughter and two sons – as well as two handsome grandsons.

I am not quite one year new to the Fraser Valley as a resident, I can not begin to tell you how great it is to step out my front door and literally walk into the front door at work. Never in all the years that I have worked has this happened, for this I want to thank Leq’á:mel First Nation for giving me the opportunity to work for my Nation as the receptionist.

receptionist@leqamel.ca

 

Norma George
Social Development and Education Coordinator

Coming soon.

socdev@leqamel.ca

Terry Ann Stowell
Lands Assistant

Coming Soon.

Victoria Scharley
Housing and Maintenance Manager

Éy swáyel, my name is Victoria Scharley, member of Leq’á:mel First Nation – I am the daughter to the Late William (Willie) and Margaret Kelly, Granddaughter to Late Liz Diablo. I am a mother of a beautiful Daughter (Elizabeth), I am married to my best friend William (Will). I enjoy helping in the community where I can, especially when it comes to the Elders.

My journey working with Leq’á:mel started 20 years ago, as a summer student my duties started as the receptionist. I have done several other jobs with LFN in my years of employment, working alongside some great co-workers/family. If you are ever in the office, please stop in to say hello 🙂

Kw’as hó:y

propmgr@leqamel.ca

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43101 Leq'á:mel Way
Deroche, BC V0M 1G0

Phone: (604) 826-7976
Fax: (604) 826-0362

Email: reception@leqamel.ca

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