MÉTIS COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY OF BC
#201 – 2949 Pandosy St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1
Phone: 250-868-0351 Fax: 250-868-0359 Website: http://www.mcsbc.org
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KELLY L’HIRONDELLE
Metis Community Services Society of BC would like to welcome Kelly L’Hirondelle as the new Executive Director. Kelly L’Hirondelle is of Métis-Cree decent born in Edmonton Alberta, raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Kelly has been a dedicated grassroots community advocate for over fifteen years. He is a strong advocate for the right to self-determination of Aboriginal Peoples.
Kelly is a proud father of four children, Sebastian 13, Alexis 4, Mercedes who has passed onto the spirit world June 12th, 2011 and his newest addition Kayden who is 3 months old. Kelly’s partner is Nadine Gagne who is also a proud Métis woman. Nadine is also a Métis children’s performer and has released one CD titled “My Moccasins” and she is currently working on a second children’s CD. Kelly and his family have relocated from the Lower Mainland to the Okanagan just over a year and a half ago and love living in the Okanagan.
Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to the organization. His prior work experience includes being the founder and previous Executive Director of Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association, (KAYA). He went on to work as the Provincial Youth Governance Coordinator of United Native Nations, Leadership Network Coordinator for the Vancouver Coastal Aboriginal Planning Committee, Vice President of the United Native Nations, Executive Director of YouthCO AIDS Society and recently the R’Native Voice Coordinator for the Okanagan Nation Alliance. Some of Kelly’s previous volunteer experience includes Vice President for Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and the National representative for the BC Association of Friendship Centres. He was also a board member for the Centre for Native Policy Research and the Native Education College. Kelly has been engaged at the local, provincial, national and international levels speaking at the UN in Africa and New York for the right to self-determination and the involvement of Aboriginal youth leaders within the UN to further the aspirations and recognition of the rights of Aboriginal Peoples at the international level. Kelly’s life passion is for Aboriginal communities to be empowered through their own means.
Metis Community Services Society of BC (MCSBC) is a non-profit, charitable organization that has provided innovative health and social services to many vulnerable children and families in the Central Okanagan, since 2003. MCSBC seeks to advance a balanced approach to service delivery and recognizes the need to provide both prevention and intervention services to community members, from prenatal and infancy to the Elders. The organization has developed and maintained an exceptional reputation for providing high quality, free services where community members feel welcome and safe. The doors of MCSBC are open to all members of the community who are in need of support and assistance, which is one of the core Metis values of inclusiveness that have been practiced over many generations. MCSBC is currently seeking several new board members and monetary donations to continue this important work. Please contact Kelly L’Hirondelle, Executive Director of MCSBC at 250-868-0351. More information can be found on our website http://www.mcsbc.org