Awards & Recognition Committee
Lissa Dawn Smith currently serves as MNBC Vice President, Minister for Métis Rights, Justice and Digital Government, and as the Senate Liaison for the Cabinet. She has previously served as Minister of Children and Families and Minister of Health.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization from the University of Victoria and a Human Service Diploma from Vancouver Island University. She developed an understanding of the complexities of intergenerational trauma after working as a social worker in First Nations communities. Smith worked for the BC Ministry of Human Resources and as alternate director for emergency social services for the City of Parksville.
Smith exercises her passion for governance and justice by siting on numerous boards and committees. In 2010, her dedication to the Aboriginal community was recognized when she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with Aboriginal veterans.
As a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Smith takes pride in her Métis family and heritage.
Shaughn Davoren is the newly elected Provincial Youth Chair and Minister of Youth for MNBC. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Prior to election to MNBC in 2020, Davoren was the Regional Youth Representative for the Thompson/Okanagan (Region 3) for seven years. At only 23 years old, he is the youngest minister, growing up within the Métis Nation. His passions include advocating for Aboriginal languages and mental health, particularly among men. Davoren’s goal for his term as MNBC Youth Chair and Minister is to ensure opportunities to elevate the voices of Métis Youth marginalized because of race, sexual orientation, or gender. He hopes to support the creation of an inter-connected Metis Nation by increasing engagement and knowledge of MNBC among Métis Youth. Davoren welcomes all opportunities to connect with youth and all Métis to collaborating to further the success of MNBC in the future.
Daniel Fontaine works as the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Minister for Métis Nation BC. Over the course of his career he has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors as well as government.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Manitoba, Fontaine went on to complete the Media Writing and Public Relations certificate from Langara College. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for Douglas College and served on the BC College of Psychologists from 2004-2010. He also served on the Board of Directors for SafeCare BC which has a mandate to reduce workplace injuries in the long-term care sector.
Fontaine is the former weekly civic affairs columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper and political commentator on Global TV & Global BC1 news channel. He actively participated in the weekly civic affairs panel for the top-rated Bill Good Show on CKNW radio.
In 2012, Fontaine was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and moved to British Columbia in 1989.
Dr. Kate Elliott is the elected Chairperson for the Métis Women of BC. She holds the portfolios for Women and Gender Equity and Mental Health and Addictions. Dr. Elliott was previously the Chairperson for the Métis Youth of BC provincial council and Minister for Sport.
Dr. Elliott has a degree in nursing from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Public Health and Social Policy. Dr. Elliott completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Saskatchewan with a Graduate Certificate in Global Health. Currently, she is finishing her postgraduate medical training in the Indigenous Family Medicine Program at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Elliott’s longstanding community involvement began as a community youth representative. During this role, she obtained funding and delivered and reported on youth programming in Greater Victoria. She was involved in the 4R’s youth movement and represented Métis Nation at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Dr. Elliot is an active beader and moccasin maker and hopes to continue practicing medicine on Vancouver Island.
Raynie Gervais is the elected Region 5 Director for the Métis Nation British Columbia in his second term. Gervais comes from a grassroots Métis family from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, later moving to Prince George in 1964 where he still lives today.
From 2016-2020, Gervais held the Ministry of History, Language, and Culture for MNBC and sat on the national-level Michif Language Working Group on behalf of MNBC.
Gervais is now the Minister of Elders, using the cultural attributes and training gained during his previous term. He brings knowledge in the areas of economic development gained through a Degree in Economic Development and Diploma in Entrepreneurial Business.
To round out Gervais’s role as Region 5 Director and Cabinet Minister, he also sits on four MNBC committees: The Awards and Recognition Committee, Social and Community Services Committee, Youth and Engagement Committee and the Emergency and Response Committee.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Maryann is a proud Métis woman with historic roots from both her paternal and maternal side. Her education includes completing programs at the University of Saskatchewan, Columbia University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Nevada. She is responsible for bringing many first to market in digital trends and innovations. Her work experiences include leadership positions in marketing and serving as a director of Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
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