My name is Barb Leggat (married to Sam Kelly). Married for 12 years and have been together 27 years as of 2018. Between Sam and I, have a blended family and are blessed with 4 girls and 4 boys and 2 granddaughters.
I have had the fortunate start in life, my grandparents raised me and they are late Mary (nee Charlie-Lytton, BC) Leggat and late William Leggat (Glasgow, Scotland). My parents were: mother (late Margaret Kelly (nee Leggat) and late stepfather William Kelly. I have 3 younger sisters and an uncle. Nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
How it all started with LFN, in 1999, there was a posting for a temporary receptionist and I sent in an application and this took me through various opportunities within our organization over the years. I have applied and interviewed, competing for any of the positions I have ever had. My current office role is Lands Manager. Although, I have experience with band management, finance, property management, community development and it all started with reception. I also spent some time coordinating the Stó:lō Treaty Outreach program. (When we had 17 signatories)
As a seasoned elected leader, I have had the pleasure of watching the community grow and progress since first elected in 2000-2018 as a Council member. I have enjoyed the challenges (gotten a little grayer) and the successes (community building, partnerships, law development, property purchase, health building and gas station to name a few). Seen a variety of leaders come and go at the table, always interesting to see how a new group will work together. Main goal, is to always think of the ‘better good of all’.
My message to you, is ‘if not for yourself, for your future generations’. Be involved, whether it’s voting day, meetings or community activities (volunteer too).
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 🙂