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Board of Directors

Building Healthy Communities | Respecting Traditional Values

Hilda Nadjiwan

Elder

Hilda Mary Nadjiwon is a proud Ojibway woman and fluent Ojibway speaker, member of the Crane Clan, band member of Chippewas of Nawash, Neyaashiinagmiing, Cape Croker, Ontario.

Hilda was born and raised on the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve located on Manitoulin Island, and is the youngest daughter of the late Isabel and Patrick Nadjiwon.

She walks as a msko-miigwanii kwe (red feather woman). She now resides in Sudbury close to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Hilda is a survivor of the residential school system era and her experience there had such a great impact on her life that she is now promoting educational advancement as a vital step in the healing of all First Nations, who suffer not only the direct but also the generational effects of the residential school system.

Hilda is currently the Board Elder for the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre and is also employed by Native Student Affairs as an elder on campus at the University of Sudbury, Laurentian University.

Hilda graduated from the Native Child and Family Worker program and the Native Counselling Program at Cambrian College and Laurentian University, and obtained her Native Language Teaching Diploma at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She is an advocate for language revitalization and retention, encouraging aboriginal people of all ages to learn about their language.

Her life is dedicated towards education and she now gives back to all native and non-native students so that they can find their path and purpose, the path she walks with pride. Hilda considers herself both a learner and a teacher and openly shares her wisdom about tradition, language and culture. She continues to keep a high profile in various community gatherings. Another speciality area she enjoyed was being involved in the Stepping Stones Native Language CD-ROM, working with children and youths at various elementary schools in story-telling and craft-making. She also has voiced Public Service Announcements for CTV for diabetes and breast-screening programs.

Hilda has been and will continue to be active wherever she is needed.

Community Appointed Representatives

Brenda Contin

Representative of Henvey Inlet First Nations
Treasurer

Brenda, a board appointed representative of Henvey Inlet First Nations, is the Community Health Nurse, Home and Community Care Supervisor and the Chief Counsellor of the Henvey Inlet First Nation. A graduate of Centennial College in Toronto, ON in the Registered Nursing Diploma program, Brenda also attended the Ryerson University BScN program for Registered Nurses. A certificate holder from the Community Health Nursing program at McMaster University, Brenda has over 18 years experience in providing public health nursing services to First Nations communities. A member of the N.B.P.S.H.U Networking Group, the W.P.S.H.C Healing Room Advisory Group, the Henvey Inlet First Response team and the Lands Advisory Committee and for Henvey Inlet First Nation, Brenda has been a dedicated member of the SKHC Board of Directors since the summer of 2011.

Community Representatives

Hans Matthews, B.Sc. P. Geol

Community Representative
Chair

 Hans Matthews is Anishnabek, a member and resident of the Wahnapitae First Nation. He was elected to the SKHC Board in July 2011 as a community representative. He is a certified professional Earth Scientist (P.Geo) with more than 30 years experience in the minerals and environmental management fields and community development. Over the past 25 years, Hans has worked with communities to seek benefits from resources while protecting their environment and culture. Hans is committed to the well-being of Aboriginal communities and makes the community’s health and best interests as a priority.

Hans has extensive experience in Aboriginal community development. As the founder (1991) and President of the not-for-profit federal corporation the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) his group facilitates improving community health and social fabric through opportunities in the resource industries.  The group’s primary challenge and mandate is to reduce or eliminate the negative effects of resource development, such as the potential negative impacts on the environment, and in turn impacts on the safety, health, culture and wellbeing of the community, while working toward long term benefits. He  also consults with and advises several government departments, Aboriginal communities, and resource companies often facilitating negotiations and community impact forums.

Hans is a former Councillor in his community and currently sits as Chair of the Wahnapitae First Nation Mining Industry Group (since 2000). He was recently nominated to the Board at Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT). He has served on the University of Sudbury Board of Regents (2005-2007) and as Director, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. (1996-1998) and Director Mining and Aboriginal Community Service, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (1993-2000), and the National Energy Board (2010-2014). Hans is proud to serve as the Chair of the SKHC Board of Directors.

Dr. Pamela Toulouse

Community Representative
Vice-Chair

 

Dan Boulard

Youth Representative
Secretary

 

Dr. Joseph LeBlanc

Community Representative

 

Elizabeth Hamilton

Community Representative

Elizabeth Hamilton has been on the SKHC Board for the past 4 years. She is the Executive Director at Jubilee Heritage Family Resources and is responsible for overseeing the Aboriginal Daycare within the Sudbury Community. It has been a pleasure for Elizabeth to sit on the SKHC Board and to experience First Nation culture and implement it into the programming at the Daycare.

Vacancy

Youth Representative

 

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