Salmon Arm Metis Association Christmas Gathering

Salmon Arm Métis Association
Christmas Potluck / 2012
December 15th , 2012

4:30 – 9:00 pm
At Downtown Activity Centre
451 Shuswap St. SW
Salmon Arm


Potluck Dinner

(bring your special dish of salad, casserole or dessert)

Door Prizes …Turkey Draws

(for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card)
to enter … you have to purchase a turkey sq. for $2.00

Tickets: $5.00 (reserve your ticket…50 printed)
(17 and under free)
Info: 250-832-7029 or

Have a Very Merry Christmas


Regional Governance Council Meeting and Regional Information Session-Kamloops BC

It was a great two days in Kamloops attending both the Regional Governance Council Meeting and the first MNBC Regional Information Session in Kamloops this past weekend.

Notable was the announcement of the re-election of Melanie Allard as President of the Two Rivers Metis Society and the RGC appointment of Shaughn Davoren as the Thompson Okanagan Region Interim Youth Representative, congratulations to you both.

It was standing room only on Saturday at the Holiday Inn to listen to the presentations from MNBC Staff on each of their roles and responsibilities. Many questions were voiced with the presenters providing informative answers. Thank you to everyone that attended.

The two pictures below are of the attending RGC members. Absent from the photo but did attend are Leo Brazeau and Dr. Marlene C. Bishop. Shaughn is present in the back row of the photo. The other photo is a snap shot of some ot those attending the  Regional Information Session prior to its start.


Congratulations Laranna

College of the Rockies Graduate Gives Back to Her Community

Former College of the Rockies student, Laranna Androsoff, has returned to her hometown of Grand Forks in a new role. Recently hired as the new Aboriginal Family Support Worker for the Boundary Family and Individual Services Society, Androsoff brings an extensive and varied educational and employment history to the position.

Laranna AndrosoffA graduate of the College of the Rockies Early Childhood Education program in 2001, Androsoff continued her education at The University of the Fraser Valley, earning diplomas in Special Needs Education and Infant-Toddler Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care. Reflecting on her time at COTR, Androsoff says, “Coming from rural BC, College of the Rockies provided me with a great foundation to continue my education. The small class sizes and strong rapport I was able to build with the instructors helped provide me with the support I needed to make a smooth transition from high school to college.”

A descendant of Metis Elder Thomas Taylor, who had strong connections to Louis Riel, Androsoff has long been involved with the Metis community.  While still in high school, she acted as the Youth Representative for both the Boundary Metis Community Association as well as for the Boundary Aboriginal Education Advisory Council.  She also worked as a summer student for the Boundary Family and Individual Services Society.

Androsoff has continued to work on and off-reserve with Aboriginal children and families.  She taught at a First Nations Early Childhood Head Start program in Chehalis, worked as an outreach worker for young parents with Chilliwack Community Services and as a Youth Probation and Corrections Officer with Burnaby Youth Custody Services and the Ministry for Children and Family Development.  Prior to obtaining her current position, Androsoff facilitated an interactive Aboriginal cultural program throughout the Boundary region.

Androsoff’s role as Aboriginal Family Support Worker is a thrill for her. “My new job is amazing,” she says. “I have a passion for helping others and it is so wonderful to do that for a living.”


Regional Information Sessions

Kamloops BC

Date: November 24, 2012 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Holiday Inn 675 Tranquille Road, Kamloops BC

Prince George BC

Dates: November 30, 2012 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and December 1, 2012 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: 277 George Stree, Prince George, BC


Contact: Tracey Thornhill at  or 1-800-940-1150 For all information and session agendas.

All Session information will also be posted at

Attention Vernon and District Metis Association Members

Vernon and District Metis Association Members

The Board of Directors respectfuly is asking for you to send in your email addresses to or so you can recieve the latest information on news, meetings, functions and future newsletters they are currently planning on developing. In the meantime please continue to view the TOM Website and look for news updates. Click on COMMUNITIES and click on VERNON and then click on NEWS to find out the latest.