The FNHA Board of Directors provides leadership and oversight for the activities of the FNHA. The Board as a whole combines years of experience in First Nations health, community development, financial management and political expertise at all levels of government.
The Board of Directors includes members nominated by First Nations in our five regions and as well as members at large. The Board continues to collectively work and make decisions for the benefit of all BC First Nations, regardless of residence. At the same time, the structure makes space for regional and other relevant experiences and perspectives. The appointments to the FNHA Board of Directors are made by the members of the FNHA.
Board members include: Board officers Marion Colleen Erickson (Chair), Norman Thompson (Secretary-Treasurer) and Helen Joe, Dr. Elizabeth Whynot (Vice-Chairperson), Jim Morrison, David Goldsmith, Marilyn Rook and Tammie Myles.
A Dakelh grandmother (Ut'soo) from the Nak'azdli community and member of the Lasilyu (Frog) Clan, Colleen is committed to improving First Nations health and wellness. Colleen brings a Master's degree in Education focused on traditional philosophies of Carrier teachings and extensive cultural and traditional knowledge to the FNHA board. Colleen is an active community member who participates in the balhats (potlatch) system, and she believes that cultural identity is the foundation of health and wellness.
Dr. Liz Whynot is a medical doctor with experience as a family practitioner, public health officer, and hospital administrator. She received her MD from Queen's University in 1972, and a Masters in Health Science from UBC in 1992. 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- 1998, 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 2000-2008, she was responsible for provincial strategies to improve women's health and access to maternity care as well as the Provincial Health Authority's Aboriginal Health Plan and HIV Strategy.
Liz has participated on 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.
Jim offers a wide range of skills and experiences in organizational development training, policy development, strategic planning, facilitation, and program evaluation. He has been a management consultant for 20 years, working mainly with BC First Nations organizations, and has previously held management and policy positions with First Nations, Government and community organizations. He has degrees from UBC (B. Ed) and SFU (MBA).
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. Helen brings over 25 years justice experience to
the FNHA, 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. 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. 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.
David Goldsmith graduated from UBC's Faculty of Medicine with a Master of Health Service Planning in 1978 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Regina. Originally from Saskatchewan, he now lives near Radium Hot Springs, BC.
David has a thorough knowledge of the role of governance within large public organizations and has decades of experience working at the senior board level in governance within the health sector and with First Nations. He is currently on two committees of the Board of Directors for the College of Physicians and surgeons of B.C. and spent almost seven years as Board Director at the Interior Health Authority, where he co-chaired both the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Advisory Committee and the Governance Committee.
David gained a comprehensive understanding of health policy as it relates to First Nations through his nine years as Senior Policy Advisor at Saskatchewan Health and three years in a similar role at Indian and Northern Affairs in Ottawa. He has been a successful senior level negotiator in tripartite agreements and also brings a relevant perspective on rural health and social issues to the Board.
Marilyn has a Masters of Environmental Studies, Bachelor in Commerce and a Diploma in Nursing. She has significant experience in a leadership role in acute, community, primary and residential care. She was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vancouver Island Health Authority for 4 years, and President/CEO of the Toronto Grace Health Centre for 7 years. She was also a surveyor for Accreditation Canada for over 16 years and served on the FNHA Board from 2009 to 2011.
Tammie Myles is Stz’uminus First Nations and Danish. Bridging the two cultures within her work and life has enhanced opportunities for learning and developing in both Western Society and Aboriginal traditions. With a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training and 30 years experience Nationally in First Nations communities in the areas of training, organizational and community development. Additionally, Tammie’s background includes instructing trauma, abuse and addictions counselling courses. Currently, she is Owner/Director of Mother Earth Whispers, an organizational wellness and leadership development company focusing on positive change. She is pursuing a doctorate degree in Relationship Dynamics and Metaphysical Science while instructing at the University of Toronto in the Master of Social Work – Indigenous Trauma Resiliency Program, is a sessional instructor at Royal Roads University and Vancouver Island University. Historically, Tammie’s significant management experience with Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s provided opportunities to implement organizational culture philosophies, wellness and development. Moreover, addressing the intergenerational effects of colonization and residential school in communities and the workplace requires an Indigenous approach. These experiences provided an ability to incorporate Indigenous methods to implementing organizational wellness. Personal awareness and development are key for leaders in organizations. As a hobby, she also enjoys project management in real estate/construction.