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!
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.
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 traditional name is “Qemachiye” and my English name is Eleanor Abbott from Skwah First Nation. I have worked in the Health Care Field as a Registered Care Aide for 2 years. I was hired to provide Home Care services for Leq’á:mel Elders, to assist them to living independently in their homes. I have a great passion to work with Elders, as they are knowledge keepers of our cultural and tradition. I am very honored to be a part of Leq’á:mel First Nation Administration team and I look forward to meeting Community Members.
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.
‘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.
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.
As the great granddaughter of the late Chief Joe Kelly, granddaughter of former councillor and band administrator Susie Lewis and daughter of former Chief Susan McKamey the passion to provide for my community only grows deeper with each day I work for the lands department here at Leq’á:mel First Nation.
Throughout the years, while working for Leq’á:mel First Nation I have learned the importance of laws and policies and the way they work to protect our land and our people from potential negative environmental and social effects. I have also learned that such laws and policies create the structure needed to promote healthy and successful economies and at the same time assist in providing brighter futures for our people and the people of our neighbouring communities.
It has become my personal goal to work together with professionals, chief and council, staff and members to find ways to create policies and procedures that work to protect the land, environment and resources our people rely on today and will continue to far into the future.
In my free time I enjoy experiencing what our outside surroundings have to offer by way of beauty and resources and through this an even deeper passion grows within to protect what is ours while at the same time providing for our people of today and generations to come.
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 🙂
43101 Leq'á:mel Way
Deroche, BC V0M 1G0
Phone: (604) 826-7976
Fax: (604) 826-0362