The Board has many decades of experience in First Nations health, community development and financial management at all levels of government.
The Board collectively works and makes decisions for the benefit of all BC First Nations, regardless of where they live. The Board of Directors includes members nominated by First Nations in our five regions as well as members at large. Current Board members:
Marion Colleen Erickson (Chair)Dr. Elizabeth Whynot (Vice-Chair)Norman Thompson (Secretary-Treasurer)Sheila Blackstock (Interior Board Appointee)Angela George (Member)Helen Joe (Member)Jim Morrison (Member)Marilyn Rook (Member)Tammie Myles (Member)
Marion Colleen Erickson is a Dakelh grandmother (Ut’soo) from the Nak’azdli community and a member of the Lasilyu (Frog) Clan. An active community member who participates in the balhats (potlatch) system, she believes that cultural identity is the foundation of health and wellness, and is committed to improving the health and wellness of First Nations.
A former two-term Chief of Saik’uz First Nation, Colleen is a recognized community leader and veteran member of the RCMP. She currently teaches part-time at her local college, focusing mostly on Aboriginal Studies.
Colleen has a Master’s degree in Education, with a special focus on the traditional philosophies of Carrier teachings.
Colleen’s past board experience includes roles within local government, Elder society and business and she has held numerous school district appointments. She brings a wealth of negotiation, financial administration, mediation and leadership skills to the FNHA board, as well as extensive cultural and traditional knowledge.
Dr. Liz Whynot is a medical doctor with experience as a family practitioner, public health officer and hospital administrator.
As a family practitioner, Liz worked in both community-based clinics and private practice and was co-founder of the Vancouver Sexual Assault Service. From 1990-98 she was the Medical Health Officer for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, working alongside community agencies to address the issues of poverty, addictions, HIV and mental illness. As the leader of BC Women’s Hospital from 2000-08, she was responsible for provincial strategies to improve women’s health and access to maternity care as well as the Provincial Health Services Authority’s Aboriginal Health Plan and HIV Strategy.
Liz has an MD from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Health Science from UBC.
Liz’s board experience includes participation in several community agency boards, including the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, the BC Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health WISH Drop-In Centre and PHS Community Services Society.
Norman Thompson is a business executive with a range of accomplishments in organizational development. These include reorganizing businesses to align with their missions and goals, long-term business planning for province-wide industries and production of policies and procedures for large operations in the retail, manufacturing and service industries.
A strong decision-maker, Norman has a detailed understanding of governance, finance, accounting, budgeting, operations, project management, administration, information technology, planning, reporting, taxation, internal controls, audits, supply chains and health care.
Norman has an Executive MBA with CPA, CGA, ICD.D, ACIS and P. Adm. designations.
Norman’s board experience includes working with First Nations, government and industry to implement large projects in BC and Alberta. He brings a strong financial and business background with much experience in health care and governance.
Sheila Blackstock is Gitxsan First Nations.
An Associate Teaching Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, Sheila has over 32 years’ of nursing experience. She has worked in leadership positions and in rural and regional Indigenous nursing practice in specialty areas, community health and occupational health nursing.
Sheila has a Master of Science in Nursing and an advanced specialty in Occupational Health Nursing. She is currently working on her PhD (“Developing a Theoretical Model on New Graduate Nurses’ Co-worker Incivility Experiences”).
Sheila’s board experience includes being a founding member of TRU’s Indigenous Health Nursing Committee and its first Chair. In this role she promoted Indigenous nursing education and curriculum development in partnership with Indigenous communities, incorporating Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge systems and personal, professional, and social responsibilities in developing responsive and respective relationships.
Angela George is Coast Salish and carries two ancestral names, sits’sáts’tenat and qʷənat. A mother of four, she is married to Gabriel George, grandson of Chief Dan George, and lives and works in Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
With a passion for canoe racing, singing and dancing, Angela believes that practicing traditions and having a strong sense of identity and connection to our ancestors is vital to community wellness, development and sustainability. She loves to learn and teach weaving, holding this link to her late mother and Squamish ancestry dearly and striving to carry this sacred practice with integrity.
Angela has an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in Indigenous Business Leadership from SFU.
Traditionally groomed, Angela has a strong understanding of her culture and its spiritual teachings as well as the impacts of colonization and the barriers that plague First Nations communities. Angela has dedicated her career to the betterment of First Nations people and communities.
Helen Joe is Sto:lo, a member of the Tzeachten Band, and widely celebrated as a Cultural and Spiritual Advisor.
A firm believer that culture is medicine, Helen applies her extensive knowledge of cultural teachings to both personal and professional work. She has over 25 years of justice experience, including service on the BC Parole Board and a three-year term as Chair. Helen has also worked extensively with victims and inmates directly and lead justice policy reform.
Over the past few years, Helen has been teaching and sharing the cultural ceremonies to people of many nationalities and ages and helping them to understand the protocols and reasons for the ceremonies of our people.
A speaker and teacher of the Halq’emeylem language and long-time leader of Longhouse gatherings, Helen is committed to advancing First Nations ways of being and knowing as essential to health and well-being.
Jim Morrison has been a management consultant for 20 years. Working mainly with BC First Nations organizations, he has held roles in management and policy with First Nations, government and community organizations.
Jim has a B. Ed degree from UBC and an MBA from SFU.
Jim brings a wide range of skills and experiences in organizational development training, policy development, strategic planning, facilitation and program evaluation.
Marilyn Rook was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vancouver Island Health Authority for four years, and President and CEO of the Toronto Grace Health Centre for seven years. She was also a surveyor for Accreditation Canada for over 16 years and served on the FNHA Board from 2009 to 2011.
Marilyn has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Diploma in Nursing.
With significant experience in leadership roles, Marilyn brings an acute, community, primary and residential care focus.
Tammie Myles is Stz’uminus First Nations and Danish. Bridging the two cultures in her work and life has given her enhanced opportunities for learning and developing within Western society and Aboriginal traditions.
Tammie is the owner and director of Mother Earth Whispers, an organizational wellness and leadership development company. She also instructs at the University of Toronto in the Master of Social Work – Indigenous Trauma Resiliency Program, and also at Royal Roads University and Vancouver Island University.
Tammie has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training and is pursuing a doctorate in Relationship Dynamics and Metaphysical Science.
With 30 years’ experience in First Nations communities in training and organizational and community development, including significant management experience with Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Tammie brings an ability to incorporate Indigenous methods and approaches into organizational culture philosophies, wellness and development.