FNHA Board of Directors

About the Board • Board at a Glance • Director Profiles​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Bo​ard

The FNHA Board of Directors provides leadership and oversight for the activities of the FNHA. 

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. 

Board at a Glance

  • Chair – Dr. Sheila Blackstock
  • Vice-Chair – Leah Ballantyne​
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Greg Louie
  • Director – Dr. Peter Eppinga​ 
  • Director – Dr. Lex Vides ​
  • Director – Wilhemena Harry
  • Director – Lee Anne Cameron​

Director Profiles

Dr. Sheila Blackstock ​​​(Board Chair)


Dr. Sheila Blackstock is Gitxsan, from Northern British Columbia. She serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Dr. Blackstock obtained her PhD from the University of Alberta, specializing in "Developing a Theoretical Model on Incivility," and holds a Master of Science in Nursing, and an advanced specialty in occupational health nursing. She has over 36 years of experience working as a nurse in varying nursing practice contexts (acute care, regional, rural, remote and Indigenous communities). ​​​

A founding member of Thompson Rivers University's (TRU) Indigenous Health Nursing Committee, Dr. Blackstock assumed the role of inaugural Chair, leading initiatives to integrate Indigenous knowledge systems into nursing education. Her tenure witnessed advocacy for the nurturing of personal, professional, and social responsibilities, fostering responsive and respectful relationships.​​

With a robust background in board governance, Dr. Blackstock served as the Interior Board representative on the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Board of Directors from 2020 to 2023. Presently, she continues her commitment to the FNHA Board, as a Director at Large and Board Chair.​​

Leah Ballantyne (Director)

leah-ballantyne-photo.JPGLeah Ballantyne is a Cree First Nations lawyer with several years' experience in First Nations organizations. She has a wide range of advocacy sk​ills with team-based projects and activities, as well as First Nations health care and tripartite experience.

Leah has extensive Board experience as well as experience in First Nations governance, budget preparation and management, expenditure monitoring and grant-proposal writing.

Part of the Assembly of First Nations Indigenous Knowledge Advisory Group, which focuses on Indigenous knowledge around the principles of ownership, control, access, and possession (OCAP) and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP, Leah is engaged in advocating for Indigenous rights. She wants to continue to advance the rights of Indigenous peoples, including the right to health.​

Greg Louie (Director)

Picture forthcoming.​ Greg, a former elected Chief Councillor from the Ahousaht First Nation, brings a wealth of experience in governance, finance, capital projects, strategic planning, education, reconciliation, negotiation and health. As a community leader, teacher and school principal, he tirelessly advocated for funding to address critical community needs such as schools, housing, roads, internet and cellular connectivity, medical and emergency services and essential food supply. Greg's profound understanding of the challenges facing First Nation communities fuels his unwavering passion for enhancing the lives of Indigenous people.​

Dr. Peter Eppinga (Director)

Picture forthcoming​. Peter is from Haida Gwaii and works as a family doctor in the Fraser Salish Regio​n. He has a passion for culture, education and helping First Nations people. After medical school, Peter earned a Masters in Health Science/Public Health and he is the owner and operator of multiple thriving medical clinics in the region. His extensive knowledge of the healthcare system, including health legislation, drives his commitment to the well-being and prosperity of First Nations in BC.​​​

Dr. Lex​ Vides​​ (Director)


​Doctorate in D​ental Surgery (Universit​y of El Salvador - 2007) / Not licensed to practice in BC,​ Canada

Dr. Alexis (Lex) Vides holds a Master in Business Administration from the Athabasca University AB in 2019 and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery earned from the National Univ​​ersity of El Salvador in 2007. Since February 2014 he has been working in public dental health in BC.

Over the past ten years Dr. L. Vides has collaborated closely with the BC Dental Association and Local Dental Educational Institutions to expand the access to oral care services for vulnerable populations in BC. Dr. L. Vides' professional journey extends to working with Public and Not-For-Profit organizations, bringing his extensive expertise in Dental Care, Health Business Administration and Human Resources. He has served on various boards, including the Board of Directors for the Pioneer Community Living Associatio​​n. Presently he holds the role of Stakeholder Dental Task Force – Health Canada Branch, and a Fellowship of the International College of Dentist – Canadian Chapter.

Dr. L. Vides' hopes that his passion and dedication in public service can make a positive impact and increase the quality of life, access to care and essential services towards the Indigenous community across BC. ​​​

Wilhemena Harry​​ (Director)

Picture forthcoming​Wilhemena Harry is from the Tsawout First Nation on Vancouver Island with over 25 years of experience as a generalist social worker dedicated to serving Indigenous communities. She is also a passionate Indigenous Justice Advocate, possessing firsthand experience in implementing health and social initiatives. Wilhemena has a deep-seated passion for customs, traditions, and cultural practices. Currently she is enrolled in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. ​​​

Lee Anne Cameron​​ (Director)​


Lee Anne Cameron is from the Syilx Okanagan Nation. She possesses a diverse range of leadership experiences spanning regulated industries, government, and Indigenous communities.  Notably, she served as Senior Advisor to Phil Fontaine during his tenure as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Lee Anne also has held board positions, both commercial and non-profit, and previously held a position as a member of the Indigenous Business and Investment Council. ​​​


​FNHA Board of Directors 
Email: board@fn​ha.ca​​

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