Nominees for AFOA BC’s Board of Directors 2018/2019

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Below are the nominees for AFOA BC’s election for three Board of Directors positions. The election will take place at the AGM on December 6, 2018 in Vancouver, BC.

Carol Reimer

Carol Reimer
CPA, CGA, CAFM – Current Vice President

Carol Reimer is the Chief Financial Officer for Carrier Sekani Family Services working out of the Prince George office. Carol joined CSFS in June 2000 and is currently looking after the Finance and HR/Payroll departments. She is a Certified General Accountant and has held a Certified Aboriginal Financial Management Certificate since 2003. She joined the board of AFOA BC in 2013 and currently holds the role of secretary and the education portfolio. Carol believes in life-long learning and is proud to bring that passion to the board at AFOA BC. She is an active volunteer in her community teaching at the local YMCA, putting on running clinic’s for new and seasoned runners. Carol is an active person outside of work enjoying running with friends, hiking and biking in the mountains nearby and spending time with her family.

Trevor Morrison

Trevor Morrison
CAPA- Current Vice President

Trevor Morrison has been a devoted member of AFOA BC since 1998 and has served on the AFOABC board since 2009. He received his Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator designation in 2017. Trevor specializes in business, financial and administrative management.

Trevor exceeds all expectations when it comes to his comprehension of leadership, time management, and complex problem solving skills. Being a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Trevor has ample loyalty and respect for his culture, traditions, and personal values. This life experience has allowed him to become a strong energetic individual with a great knowledge of traditional first nations rights and laws, with the intelligence to advocate and manage with respect, integrity, righteousness, and appreciation which he displays in everything that he undertakes.

Sukhi Chouhan

Sukhi Chouhan
CPA, CA, CAFM – Current Treasurer

Sukhi Chouhan is President of Chouhan Accounting Ltd.; with an office in Kamloops, BC. He was designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in 2008 while working at KPMG.

In 2015, he became a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) while working as a consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Upper Nicola Indian Band. Mr Chouhan is a member of AFOA. Currently he provides services as Financial Controller – Consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Chief Financial Officer – Consultant with Knucwentwecw Development Corporation in Skeetchestn, BC.

Sukhi assists Chief and Council with strategic planning and setting up for-profit partnerships in a tax effective manner. Sukhi is determined to make a difference by building trust and strong relations through educating his clients by communicating complex matters effectively, helping them to be more confident and self-sufficient. In 2016, Sukhi was elected to the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of British Columbia Board of Director and is the Treasurer for the Board. He chairs the Finance and Audit Committee with the AFOA BC Board of Directors and is dedicated to the betterment of the communities

Doris Fraser

Doris Fraser

Doris Fraser lives surrounded by the natural beauty of Haisla Territory. She has enjoyed 13 years with Haisla Nation Council, the last 4 years filing the role of the Finance Manager. She joined the organization after working for BC Ferries.

She has a business administration diploma and comes credentialed as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).  She also has the CAFM designation. She has a combined 28 years experience working in the finance field.

She is a volunteer member of the local CPA chapter, and is a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of B.C. (AFOA BC). Doris’ vision for how AFOA BC can make a difference is through education and sharing of experiences with all First Nation’s in BC.  We can increase engagement, identify needs and offer support. Being able to make a positive impact in people’s lives is a huge motivator for her.

Doris was born in the big city of Toronto but was raised in Kitimat, and also spent 12 years living in Victoria. She loves spending time with her two boys and she nourishes her soul through music and the beauty of nature. She is very excited at the opportunity to assist with financial support of all of BC’s first nations people.

Arlene Johnston

Arlene Johnston

Arlene was born in Bralorne, B.C. and moved to Merritt, B.C. (the Nicola Valley) at eight years old. She has been married for 46 years and has four children and 5 grandchildren. Arlene is the daughter of Wally and Elsie McClelland and has three brothers.

Arlene began her career working part time for an Engineer after school and on weekends doing secretarial work. Upon graduating with honors from Merritt Secondary School she became employed with the Ministry of Transportation and Highways working her way up from receptionist to an accounting position until privatization in 1988. Arlene worked with the Highways Manager who negotiated the first privatization contract with the Province and as a result Emcon Services INC. was formed. She was the Financial Systems Officer and moved into the position of Division Office Manager in 1992.
In 1995 Arlene worked for the Upper Nicola Indian Band as Financial Comptroller and then in 1999 became the Administrator for the Coldwater Indian Band. After that she worked for the Lower Nicola Indian Band as Finance Manager. In 2007 she worked as an Independent Xyntax Trainer and contractor. During that time Arlene also worked as Band Administrator/Finance Manager for Ts’Kw’aylaxw (Pavilion) First Nations. In 2010 Arlene worked for The Coldwater Indian Band as their Finance & Economic Development Officer and then back to Lower Nicola Indian Band in 2012 in their finance department. In 2013 she worked as Band Administrator for Nooaitch Indian Band. In 2015 Arlene began working as Executive Director for Nicola Tribal Association in the Nicola Valley. The Nicola Tribal Association has seven member Bands, Upper Nicola, Coldwater, Shackan, Nooaitch, Cooks Ferry, Siska, and Nicomen. They have a Lands Department and two Fisheries Departments as well as the business of operating a Tribal Association and all that goes along with it.

Arlene have twenty-three years of working with First Nations Organizations either as a Finance Manager, Band Administrator or as a private contractor and currently as Director of Nicola Tribal Association.

During her years of employment she continued working on her education and is now a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager and also a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator. Prior to receiving certifications with AFOA Arlene received her Certificate in Aboriginal Community Economic Development, Diploma of Administration, Certificate of Administrative Studies, Business Management Diploma, Business Management Certificate, Certificate of Achievement – Planning Communities and Contract Management and many many other certificates. She also attended Harvard Business School in May 2018 taking the course “Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities.”

Arlene is also a volunteer in her community and  a member of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 096, The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 441, The Old Time Fiddlers and is also a Community Income Tax Volunteer.

Arlene enjoys spending a lot of time with family, fishing, gardening, crafts, camping and listening to my family play music.