Mercedes Wong, Director
For more than 30 years, Mercedes Wong has devoted significant time to service in her community. As a dedicated volunteer, Mercedes has been a director for organizations as diverse as the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, Vancouver Society of Children's Centre and G & F Financial Group (Gulf and Fishermen's Credit Union). Her activities are not limited to credit unions and real estate. She has also served as President of the Star II Bingo Association, a community organization that works with 36 local charities, and is the President, Rotary Club of Vancouver Fraserview 2014-25.
Tamara Napoleon, Director
Tamara Olding is an associate with Gowling Lafleur Henderson. Her practice is focused upon Aboriginal economic development, corporate structuring, Aboriginal governance and natural resource regulation. She has been involved in the formation of entities to serve First Nations such as companies, partnerships, joint ventures, trusts and societies. She is a member of Saulteau First Nation, Treaty 8. Tamara has participated in the negotiation of several impact benefit agreements, participation agreements and consultation protocols for both BC and Yukon First Nations. Tamara has also provided advice on the law of consultation and accommodation and the legal responsibilities flowing from the use of natural resources. In addition, Tamara has been involved in the settlement of specific claims and provided support to treaty negotiation tables. Tamara received an LL.B. from the University of Victoria Law School in May 2007. She also completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria, graduating with a B.A. in 2004. Tamara is a member of the British Columbia Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association. She currently serves as a Governor for the Justice Institute of BC and as a director for the Vancouver Native Health Society.
Zahra Laarif, Treasurer
Zahra Laarif CPA, CGA has experience predominantly in the finance and accounting industry. She is currently working for the Musqueam Indian Band as the Finance and Administration Manager and has had previous experience working and living in the First Nations community of Bella Bella for 2 years as the Financial Manager of the Economic Development Corporation.
Marge White, President
Marge is an active member of Huu-ay-aht First Nation Government. Retired in 2005 and active in the Aboriginal community since 1957. Founding member of the Friendship Centre movement, serves as Senator for the National Association of Friendship Centres, founding member of the Elder Council for BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Vice President for Luma Native Housing; Founder and retired Executive Director, Circle of Eagles Lodge Society. She was the first Aboriginal person appointed as a Citizenship Court Judge and worked as an Investigator for the BC Ombudsman specializing as advisor on urban Aboriginal issues. Presently sits on the Ministry Advisory Council for Aboriginal Women (ending violence against Aboriginal women).
Dr. Rosalin Miles, Director
Dr. Rosalin Miles is a member of the Lytton First Nation and she works mainly as a research consultant in the areas of health and wellness. She has a Graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management, and an Educational Doctoral Degree where she was awarded International Honour’s for her academic work. She currently sits on the Vancouver Police Department, Diversity Advisory Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Native Health Society. She also works as the Executive Director for the Aboriginal Physical Activity & Cultural Circle. She is a certified Kinesiologist and teaches many workshops in the Aboriginal community.
Sarah Lalonde, Director
Sarah Lalonde is a consultant with MNP’s Vancouver Aboriginal Services practice and has extensive experience working with Aboriginal organizations and communities across Western Canada. She has worked in a range of project areas including organizational strategic planning, First Nations governance, governance and business training, and business planning. Sarah’s interests include business and community development and entrepreneurship and she has experience in program creation and delivery as well as in facilitation. Sarah is a member of Saulteau First Nations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Community and International Development from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria.
Laura McDiarmid, Vice-President
Laura is a lifelong resident of Vancouver and was raised in Kitsilano. She attended Kitsilano Secondary and has been active in the community for many years. Laura worked as Social Development Director for Musqueam Indian Band and as an independent consultant to a number of non-profit organizations. She worked for the Ministry of Human Resources for over 20 years and was always concerned about making life better for mothers and their children and in particular aboriginal mothers. It was during her career with MHR that she was introduced to the Indian Homemaker Program. This program eventually became the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society. Laura has always believed in the concept of empowering women to achieve independence and the philosophy of the Mother Centre is one she totally believes in. As a result she has been involved and supported the AMCS since the beginning and continues to support the concept of bettering the lives of Aboriginal mothers and their children. Laura sat on the Vancouver Park Board for 6 years as an elected official and was vice-chair and chair for three years. She has expertise on running and sitting on Boards. She is keenly aware of the challenges faced by the Aboriginal community and has been a strong advocate for many years. She would bring a strong level of commitment, expertise and passion to the board and work to ensure a healthy future for AMCS. She has strong connections to all levels of government and would use this networking for the benefit of AMCS.
Rosalind Campbell, Director
Rosalind Campbell is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band with close family ties in the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Rosalind is a lawyer who practices Aboriginal law in Vancouver. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2009. Rosalind was called to the bar (Law Society of B.C.) in 2010. Her experience prior to law practice includes many years as a legal assistant and then as a tax administrator for the Musqueam Indian Band. Rosalind completed several years of hun’q’umin’um’ (Musqueam dialect of halkomelem) courses in the First Nations Languages Program at UBC as a means to learn her ancestral language. In her down time, Rosalind takes in the arts including film, live music and theatre performances. She also makes time to enjoy the outdoors with walks and hikes. Rosalind, her niece and their two cats live in Musqueam.Type your paragraph here.
Jane Hungerford, Director
Jane Hungerford is Dene/Métis and is a driven community service member for more than 40 years. Jane has a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has received numerous ‘Special Honours’ awards for her community involvement and to name a few: Order of British Columbia 2014 – British Columbia’s highest civilian honour and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2013 – National award for outstanding community service. Jane has many years of sitting on numerous Boards in the Greater Vancouver area such as: Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Bill Reid Foundation, BC Cancer Agency, Inspire Health, and many more. Her involvement within the communities in the sectors of fundraising, Business, Health, Aboriginal-focused, Education, and Community-driven initiatives truly shows Jane’s passion and commitment to ensuring a vibrantly healthy community moves forward in the right direction.
Lise Renaud Dillon Gibbons, Secretary
Lise Gibbons was born and raised in Vancouver and now lives in Abbotsford, BC where she works as a project coordinator for a real estate developer. Lise recently finished the coursework portion of her Masters in City Planning from the University of Manitoba and is working on finishing her thesis, which is looking at community land trusts as an affordable housing model for Aboriginal individuals and families in urban centres. While in Winnipeg, Lise completed an internship with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, which allowed her to compile research on culturally appropriate housing in Canada and the United States, housing concerns and options, and she gained experience in organizing a housing and infrastructure conference. Prior to starting her masters she receive a Bachelor of Arts in geography at the University of Victoria. Some of Lise's interests include city planning, real estate development, affordable housing, urban Aboriginal affordable housing, and planning in Aboriginal communities.