Meet the Métis Women’s Council Representatives

Chairperson

Dr. Kate Elliott

Dr. Kate Elliott is the elected Chairperson for the Metis Women of BC Provincial Council. She holds the portfolios for Women and Gender Equity and Mental Health and Addictions. Dr. Elliott was previously the Chairperson for the Metis 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. Currently, she is finishing her postgraduate medical training in the Indigenous Family Medicine Program at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Elliot is an active beader and moccasin maker and hopes to continue practicing medicine on Vancouver Island.

Region 1 Representative

Fleurette Borsboom

Fleurette Borsboom, also known as Joie, is a member of the Alberni Clayoquot Metis Community. She is currently a Kuu-us Crisis Line Board member, and is the Metis presence on the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee in SD 70. Fleurette has held various jobs in her life, including tailoring, diving, fish farming and as a postal worker. Fleurette can be found working beside her husband helping run their concrete company, building, renovating homes and gardens, and hiking beautiful Vancouver Island trails with their dog, Uki.

She is a mother to five boys and a Kokum to five grandchildren. Fleurette has always felt the need to stand up and support those in need, and is passionate about equality for all. She feels it is especially important to bring women of all ages together in sisterhood. 

Region 2 Representative

Kathryn Aldred

Kathryn is a 37-year-old mother of three. She enjoys reading and crafting in her spare time and especially enjoys creating dreamcatchers and baby blankets.

Kathryn is currently enrolled at the University of the Fraser Valley in the Indigenous Bachelor of Arts program. She hopes to use her knowledge to become an Indigenous outreach/support worker and to assist her Métis community anyway she can.

Kathryn didn’t find out that she was Métis until she was 28 years old. Since then, so she has been using her studies and community gatherings to learn all she can about Métis heritage and traditions. Kathryn is really excited to put her knowledge into practice as the newly elected Region 2 Women’s Representative.

Region 3 Representative

Linda Van Wieringen

Linda moved from Vancouver to Vernon in 1999 where she operates her home-based business, UTMOST IMAGINATION. In 2008, she became fascinated with her Cree/Metis heritage. Linda began studying Métis culture and teaching classes in traditional beadwork, drum/rattle making, moccasins/leather work, etc.

Linda joined MWBC in 2011 and has served as Region 3 Representative since 2020. She is also an Elder/Cultural Educator for the Nobody’s Perfect Peetigway and Headstart programs, and for the Canadian Metal Health Association for the past two years. 

Linda believes it is her duty to pass on her knowledge to future generations so they may better understand the ways of Métis people and their traditions.

Region 4 Representative

Jana Schulz

Jana resides in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation in Cranbrook, BC. She is the previous president of her local chartered community, Rocky Mountain Metis.

Jana graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Child and Youth Care, with child protection and Indigenous specializations. She is currently providing social work services in a primary care setting. Previous work experience includes C6 delegated social work in a delegated Aboriginal agency, transition house support worker and Aboriginal education support worker. Jana has certification in completing comprehensive risk assessments for risk of domestic homicide, stalking, general violence and recidivism in domestic violence cases. She is passionate about continuing advocacy for MMIWG2S. It is her hope that her advocacy will add to building connection, safety, and culturally- safe supports for all Metis women and girls.

Region 5 Representative

Melissa Phung

Region 6 Representative

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Region 7 Representative

Carol Paynter

Carol comes to the Métis Women’s Council with almost 20 years of experience working in employment and training for local, regional and provincial bodies, including MNBC and the Fort St. John Métis Society. Carol currently works as a First Nation Technology Council/COVID-19 Support Coordinator for the North East Native Advancing Society. Working with the First Nations communities is a very cultural and educational experience for her; the cultural learning between both the Metis Nation and First Nations communities is extremely rewarding and enlightening. 

Carol was elected as region 6 representative in 2018 a was re-elected for a 4 year term in September 2020. She is excited to pass on all the experience, knowledge she has received while attending the programs and events that the Metis Women of BC offer.

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