STAFF & MENTORS

PAULETTE FLAMOND

Executive Director

Paulette Flamond is a strong and proud Metis woman who grew up in Battleford, SK. She found her way to the Peace Region more than 20 years ago, settling in Charlie Lake, BC, where she still resides, dedicating her limited spare time to organic gardening, and weaving her traditional cultural beliefs into a healthy and productive lifestyle.

 

Paulette holds a certificate in Native Communications from Grant MacEwan University, a certification in Aboriginal Management from UBS Sauder School of Business, and was awarded an Honorary Associate Arts Degree from Northern Lights College. She is a graduate of two Life Coaching programs, and is a licensed Heal Your Life instructor, a program which is directed by the philosophies of Louise Hay.
 

She is a hands-on entrepreneur and business owner. Her retail store, Scoop Clothing, is arguably the go-to place for women’s fashion in Fort St. John, and her Paint N Party business has become a staple of local entertainment, fusing creativity with a night out.

 

OUR NEABC TEAM

CORINNE STEPHENS

Projects Manager
projects@neabc.ca

MARK ENRIQUEZ

IAM / Social Media
iam@neabc.ca

CAROL PAYNTER

Programs Coordinator
office@neabc.ca

KRISTEN PARKER

Programs Assistant
programs@neabc.ca

OUR BUSINESS MENTORS

ANNA BARLEY

Facilitator/Business Mentor

Anna grew up in northern BC and has extensive experience working with non-profits and First Nations communities in the areas of programming, economic development and administration.  Anna has an Accounting and Finance Diploma Degree, a Fine Arts Diploma, and the Community Relationships and Project Management Certificates.

 

She left the north for a time to further her education with a well-rounded combination of fine arts, accounting and finance, but has since planted her roots in Fort St. John with her husband and three busy children. 

 

Her family is very active in the community and enjoys the arts, community stewardship and local sports. Anna is an avid reader, and loves gardening and event planning.
 

She is bringing her passion and experience in the economic development field to her work with her own consulting practice, Strategies North, which specializes in bringing business opportunities, training and programs to First Nations communities, businesses and emerging entrepreneurs.

 

Anna is a certified trainer for AbME – Aboriginals Mastering Entrepreneurship and the Incorporating a Business Training; as well as a facilitator and advisor with the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre.

 

She is very proud to be a Northerner and invigorated by all the new opportunities on the horizon for Northern BC and is looking forward to working with local emerging entrepreneurs to build on their ideas and business goals.

 

Email: anna@strategiesnorth.ca

www.StrategiesNorth.ca

CHRISTY JORDAN-FENTON

Facilitator/Business Mentor

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the author of 4 award-winning children’s books about Inuvialuk elder Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s time at Indian Residential School. Fatty Legs, A Stranger At Home, When I Was Eight, and Not My Girl, have been added to numerous Canadian school curriculums, staged as musical productions, featured in a music video, and translated into French and Korean.

 

Jordan-Fenton gives more than 100 presentations per year travelling as far as Inuvik, Havana, Anchorage, and Bogota, addressing audiences that range from kindergarten students to prestigious literary organizations like IRSCL and IBBY, and international social advocacy leaders such as Amnesty International, and Vital Voices.
 

She studied Peace, War, and Diplomacy at Norwich University, has a Master’s Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement from UPEACE, and is aPond’s Vital Voices Lead Fellow.

 

Jordan-Fenton has worked with such musical and visual artists as Keith Secola, Mike Holden, and Garry Oker, on collaborative projects, as well as through creating content and branding. Her greatest passions are in using her creative skills to help inspired Indigenous visionaries articulate their cultural realities in tangible ways, and in using her expertise for the amplifyication of marginalized voices.

 

Jordan-Fenton has been a surivial instructor, infantry soldier, wild pig farmer, and bareback bronc rider, among other things, who has lived in South Africa, the US, and Australia. She's a dedicated member of the Energetic Dance Explosion dance company, and she and her children practice traditional ceremony with the Blackfoot of the Blood Reserve.

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Email: cjordanfenton@yahoo.ca

www.professionalmuse.ca

GARRY OKER

Facilitator/Business Mentor

As a multi-disciplinary First Nations artist, community leader, elder and descendant of a long line of prophet’s dreamers, Garry seeks to include art in
all his projects, from cultural performances to safety training for industry, and
to share Dane-zaa philosophies. He works to integrate traditional knowledge within the contemporary context, to honour the wisdom of the past and to apply it to enrich the lives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. 

 

Previous projects include directing and performing at the multi-media Aboriginal Pavilion Musical Performance at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, designing the Dreamer Drum Coke Bottle for Coca-Cola (2010), exhibiting at festivals and galleries (e.g. Power of the Land, Spirit Dreamers),
co-directing and producing the opening and closing ceremonies for the Arctic Winter Games (2010), directing and producing the documentaries “They Dream about Everything” (2005) and “Contact the People” (2002), directing the Virtual Museum project “Dane Wajich- Dane-zaa Stories & Songs: Dreamers and the Land.” His music CDs include Dreamland (2015), Spirit Dreamers (2010), and Ride (2010). He also produced the Dane-zaa Dreamers Drumming Collection (1966-2001), and Dane-zaa Wajihe Language and Dreamers Songs (2000). He has been a speaker at national and international 
conferences.

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