Social & Community Committee Members
Tanya Davoren is in her 14th year as a Senior Director for Metis Nation British Columbia. She has been married for 24yrs to her husband Rob and is a proud mother of 3 children. Tanya is passionate and committed to her work and the relationships she has built across numerous sectors. Tanya’s career started as a Registered Nurse over 20 years ago, working in hospital as a full-time float RN and then as a Patient Care Coordinator/Nursing Care Clinician. In 2008, she took a “leap of faith” and left the formal healthcare system, and started a career supporting the health needs of the Métis community. This position allowed her to highlight and put her knowledge, advocacy skills, and unique leadership style to work for her Nation. Tanya has grown the MNBC Health | Mental Health & Addictions | Elders Ministry team to 17 staff positions across the province.
As the Senior Director, she has negotiated many contribution agreements at both the federal and provincial levels. In addition, Tanya is the lead on the information-sharing agreement between the BC Ministry of Health and Metis Nation British Columbia’s central registry resulting in a Metis Client File of almost 18,000 Citizens. Tanya is well known in BC for her collaborative working style, program development, and community outreach. Tanya has combined the celebration of her Métis heritage and her passion for health, where she actively works towards improved health and wellness for her fellow Métis Citizens as MNBC’s Senior Director of Health | Mental Health & Addictions | Elders.
Patrick Harriott is currently Region 1 Regional Director, the Minister of Citizenship and Community Services and Culture, Language and Heritage, and MNBC Treasurer.
Harriott spent most of his childhood in Manitoba where he frequently hunted and picked chokecherries with his grandfather on their family’s Métis scrip lands. He moved to Victoria where his life-long love of plants and connection with nature lead to training in horticulture, after which he founded a landscaping and gardening company.
A love of Métis culture and community drew him to volunteer his time with Métis Nation Greater Victoria. He spent nine years on the Board of Directors, including four as President. Harriott helped organize two consecutive Métis rendezvous on Vancouver Island and create a Michif language program in Victoria.
Debra Fisher is the Region 4 Director for MNBC and Minister of Children and Families. Fisher is also the Past President of the Columbia Valley Métis Chartered Community, where she served three terms. Fisher is a proud and respected Métis woman, elder, educator, leader and advocate who hosted her first Métis meeting around her kitchen table 40 years ago. Her previous work includes partnering with the Rocky Mountain School District to review and improve Aboriginal representation and education, organizing traditional arts and culture workshops, collaborating with the Shared Ministries of the Columbia Valley on a reconciliation project, and coordinating a food program for those impacted by COVID-19.
Fisher has advocated extensively in the area of education, collaborating on and delivering numerous programs including the Aboriginal Education Support Program, which helped raise Indigenous graduation rates by 70 percent. Fisher is also an entrepreneur, owning and operating Red Feather, a private Indigenous consulting company.
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.
Paulette Flamond is MNBC’s current Minister of Health and Region 7 Director representing the Northeast. Flamond has post-secondary training in Native Communications from Grant MacEwan College and an Aboriginal Management Certification from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. In 2013, she received an Honorary Associate Arts Degree from Northern Lights College and is a graduate of two life coaching programs.
Flamonds’s dedication to advocacy for entrepreneurial and capacity development of Metis, Inuit and First Nations is demonstrated by her 18-year term as Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ICBC and Indigenous Tourism BC. Flamond has also served on provincial and federal boards for the last 30 years, including Minister Mary Polak’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women from 2011 to 2019.
Flamond has been honored with many awards for her advocacy work including Aboriginal Woman of the Year from Community Futures and, most recently, the BC Achievement Foundation Award of Distinction for her endeavors to elevate Indigenous business in BC.
Colleen Hodgson is the Senior Director of Education and has been with MNBC for over 15 years. Colleen is a Métis Citizen and comes from the Red River Settlements in Manitoba. Through her work in the Ministry of Education, she is determined to create equity for Métis learners and recognition for Métis people in BC and their distinct culture and language. Colleen has two sons and spends time on the land with them throughout the year harvesting and sharing Métis cultural practices.
Katie Trace has been with MNBC since 2015 and she leads the Ministries of Culture, Heritage and Language, Women and Gender Equity, and Youth as the Senior Director. Katie has a bachelors Degree from Simon Fraser University and has been working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector in various capacities for over 10 years.
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