Meet The Team
Our dedicated Board members guide the organization to stay true and respectful to our principles and guide the Governance and Resource Development of the organization. We are growing to fulfill our capacity in the community while constantly keeping their eyes on the FRIS Mission, Purpose and Vision.
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Shannon was born in Sechelt, British Columbia and raised in Pitt Meadows. Shannon is a member of the Katzie First Nation. She started out her career in Law Enforcement, including working as a Fishery Officer for 15 years. Following that changed careers to Education and worked 10 years in the School District of Maple Ridge where she was an Aboriginal Support worker. More recently has taken on the role of a Residential Youth Care Worker with Hollyburn Society and cares for youth that are in the care of The Ministry of Children. Shannon has been serving her Indigenous people her whole life. She enjoys giving back to her community.
Clarence has been on the Fraser River Indigenous Society board for 3 years. Born and raised in the lower mainland, his ancestors are coast salish from Sechelt. Not raised in the culture he has been on a journey to learn about indigenous beliefs and traditions and sharing them with others. Clarence enjoys spending time with family and friends and helping out in the community.
Emily is a non-Indigenous advocate for reconciliation, trauma-informed and cultural practices that help promote and support cultural values and identities of Indigenous children, youth, and families.
Emily is currently finishing her degree at the University of the Fraser Valley in Child and Youth Care with her child protection specialization.
Emily is hoping to bring her knowledge of relational-based and trauma-informed practice to the Board, as well as her experiences with Xyolhemeylh and Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society to help build on the amazing work already being done within this organization.
During her spare time, Emily likes to read, knit, write poetry, and binge watch a good series on Netflix.
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Jessica is a financial advisor in Maple Ridge BC. She completed the LLQP program in 2018 and is currently working towards her certified financial planner designation. With 10 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, she is excited to share her knowledge and work with such a great organization. Jessica is passionate about bringing financial literacy and education to families and seniors in the greater community. Family and community are very close to her heart, as she is a mom of three boys and has a large extended family. Born and raised in the Fraser Valley, she enjoys hiking and beach days with her three boys and husband. She is also a self-declared gluten free foodie with the heart of a bookworm.
MA - Executive Director
Ms. Berg brings with her years of valuable non – profit experience working in the Indigenous community with multiple stakeholders. During her career Ginna has demonstrated strong leadership skills both to community and staff. Her ability to create systems and succession planning will build a sustainable foundation for the future of the organization to grow and meet the needs of the community.
Don was born and raised in the community of Lax kw’alaams. He has been working for 29 years as a addictions worker, family support worker, health and social services supervisor and family preservation counsellor. He has attained various practice-related training in conflict resolution, supervision skills, and employments law. He has four children and five grandchildren. He has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and is currently focused on his Master of Arts at Royal Road University. He looks forward to being part of this team and the amazing work already done here. Don spends his weekends relaxing by weaving and playing his guitar.
Her great many years of experience in both industrial and governmental fields give her the ability to manage accounting requirements for a Non-Profit organization. Nazila is currently enrolled in a CPA course, and is working towards her certification. Her goal is to bring this knowledge and experience and apply it to daily activities at Fraser River Indigenous Society. Nazila sings in a choir in Vancouver and is trained in Classical Opera.
Haydai, my name is RoseAnne Timbrell, I am the granddaughter of Enock and Josephine Joseph, and come from the Tl'az'ten Nation. The local Katize, Kwatelen and Sto:lo Peoples refer to me as the Keeper of the Fish, as the salmon swim from the Coast Salish Sea to where my people live Stuart Lake, BC. I am a mother of two grown boys, grandmother of three grandsons and aunty to 12 young adults. I am very proud of Fraser River Indigenous Society and the growth it has had, and will continue to do, in the coming years. I currently have a private practice as registered clinical counsellor here in Maple Ridge and am a professor at the University of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford. I look forward to seeing you in community. Mussi, RoseAnne
Indigenous Housing Support Worker
Lizette is from the Douglas First Nation, located at the head of Harrison Lake, B.C. and apart of the Stl’atl’imx Nation. She brings her love of indigenous culture, heritage, and shared teachings from her elders and friends. Her background includes graduation as a Tribal Police officer and completing advanced training to become an Instructor/Trainer in defensive tactics. Shew was a Basic Standards Trainer for professional and private security individuals. In this capacity, she was able to work with indigenous people from as far as Davis Inlet, Labrador, to B.C. She devotedly cares for others, and welcomes self improvement, growth, in her own spirituality, health and wellness. In her current role as a Housing Support Worker, she enjoys making a positive difference, working to prevent homelessness.
Making the jump to Non-Profit was something she has worked towards for the past 8 years. Here at Fraser River Indigenous Society she plans to create positive changes through reconciliation, and learning from the local Elders. Candice puts her certification in event planning to good use in the community, and is utilizing her many years experience in hospitality planning FRIS's events. Candice is an avid animal lover and volunteers at a local animal hospital.
BA - Resource Navigator.
Is an advocate for Indigenous reconciliation, cultural remediation, restorative justice and trauma informed practices that recognize the intrinsic identity, value and needs of the person.
He comes to the Fraser River Indigenous Society from a career with the British Columbia Corrections Branch and service with the Children’s Foundation as a Child Care Counsellor. Jim is an active participant in the Alternatives to Violence Project in the Fraser Valley-Vancouver and is working toward certification as a group facilitator.
GWS - Family Strengthening Worker
He has completed his Family Community Counselling Diploma at the Native Education College, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) and continued with a Certificate with the Chemical Addictions program (CHAD) at NVIT.
In his career, he had worked as an ABI (Acquired Brian Injury) Community Support Worker, Mental Health Transition Worker, and Temporary Housing Program Coordinator/Housing Outreach Worker.
Some of his hobbies includes, chess, playing tennis, bike riding, and walking.
Family Strengthening Worker
Roy Leathem brings over 30 years of outreach experience to help the healing process of the homeless and those in addiction.
Being of Cree descent, he has firsthand experience of First nations culture and traditions.
His specialty is developing and running outreach programs as a consultant to Trinity Western University, The Salvation Army, and several Churches. His Strength is being able to come along with people, being understanding of needs, and developing trust to help find solutions. He now provides Family Strengthening to First Nations people through FRIS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Shannon Adams - President
Clarence Hall - Vice President
RoseAnne Timbrell - Director
Jessica Eckstein - Treasurer
Emily Hinman - Secretary
Ginna Berg - Executive Director
Nazila Hajyzadeh - Accountant
Candice Sharpe - Administration
Lizette Peters - Housing Support Worker
Don Wells - Program Manager (Family Development)
Jim Reilly - Resource Navigator
Stephen Schumacher - Family Strengthening Worker
Roy Leathem - Family Strengthening Worker