Vernon and District Metis Association AGM and Election

A great turnout by citizens and members of VDMA turned out for their AGM and election. A new board has been formed and so congratulate the following:

Randy Spinks President
Richard Hovan Vice President
Brittany Schroeder Secretary
Linda Van Wieringen Treasurer
Dale Hedin Director
Don McBeth Elder Representative
Brittany Schroeder Youth Representative

Please look at their website:

Exciting Training Opportunity

Good morning,

Every great idea needs leadership to drive it

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a Leader, success is all about growing others”              Former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch

$100 million in funding was awarded through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training during the Fall of 2015. It was be used to help increase labor market participation of British Columbian’s by preparing people for the work force. In partnership with the Lakes Division bands, the University of Victoria was awarded resources to deliver a highly successful and sought after Entrepreneurship Training program which is available to all Aboriginals residing in the broader region. These programs are:

  • Lakes Division Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs™ (LD-ACE™) (16 2-day workshops (accredited course) taught by UVIC Instructors plus numerous supports such as coaching, mentorship, and a free laptop
  • Lakes Division Empowering Aboriginal Generation of Leaders & Entrepreneurs™ (LD-EAGLE™)(One three-day stand-alone workshop designed to help folks know if Entrepreneurship is for them. An excellent tool box of resources and is often a launch point into the larger program (ACE)

The timing of this could not be better! Opportunities for community, regional, and provincial involvement with Industry through joint venture and partnerships seem to be springing up everywhere! Never before has the need for champions and leadership been so high.  Every great idea needs leadership to drive it! We have these folks in our communities.  They may not all be in plain sight but they are here. And they have ideas. Ideas that need nurturing and developing  Ideas that could change the face of not only their lives, but also those of their families and their communities.This training opportunity could be a tool those in Leadership use to help identify and develop capacity in our communities in a significant and meaningful way

Please take a look at the following links for more information about other ACE/EAGLE programs that have been successfully held in the province to better understand the impact that this training can have on our communities.

  • The EAGLE workshops for this region are being held this month. I have already had to cancel the workshop planned for Sept 14 to 16 due to lack of registration. There are three more time slots set in place, and it would be a shame to have to cancel them as well.
  • The ACE program deadline is October 2 (launches on Oct 11). There are 18 seats to fill. In the past this has been no issue and I have turned people away. But it always gets a bit nerve racking this close to the deadline dates!

For both programs, I depend on the help from contacts, Band administration and organization in the Health, Social Development, Education, Employment, Economic Development, and key leadership in all of these departments/organizations to help spread the word. I thank you for your part in that and urge you to continue to educate people on these upcoming programs. Deadlines are fast approaching. In order for these programs to be successful be need to get the right people in the seats. Please help me find them ☺

Any questions please feel free to contact me directly.

Debra Tamagi

Program Manager/Coach Shuswap Region

University of Victoria, GSB, Executive Programs





The EAGLE workshops precede the launch of the ACE program

As promised here is some detailed information on the upcoming EAGLE workshops scheduled for 4 different time slots and locations.eagle poster Salmon Armeagle poster SplatsinLD-Eagle-application-form-Sept-2017-Salmon ArmLD-Eagle-application-form-Sept-2017-SplatsinLD-EAGLE-BROCHURE-Sept-2017-Salmon ArmLD-EAGLE-BROCHURE-Sept-2017-Splatsin

The EAGLE workshops precede the launch of the ACE program.  I will be hosting 4 identical 3-day workshops called “Empowering Aboriginal Generation of Leaders and Entrepreneurs” (EAGLE). 

  • EAGLE 3-day workshop (this workshop is for anyone interested in finding out if they are wired for self-employment or not.  It is Free and open to everyone. There is lunch providedeach day but no other supports available). After completing this 3-day workshop participants will know if the ACE program is for them or not. It’s a small investment of time and will help get the right people in the 18 available ACE seats.

The dates and locations set aside for the EAGLE workshops are as follows

  • Sept 14 to 16 (Thursday to Saturday): Splatsin Community Centre, Meeting Room 3, Enderby, BC
  • Sept 20 to 22 (Wednesday to Friday): Melamen Health Centre, Salmon Arm, BC
  • Sept 25 to 27 (Thursday to Saturday): Splatsin Community Centre, Meeting Room 3, Enderby, BC
  • Sept 28 to 30(Thursday to Saturday) : Splatsin Community Centre, Meeting Room 3, Enderby, BC

I have attached brochures, application forms, and posters with the workshop information and contact information on them. I am hoping that you will share this information with any individual you think might be interested, as well as any organization that might have clients or community members that would benefit from this valuable training. Please feel free to post information on bulletin boards and in newsletters! The EAGLE workshop is available to anyone! It is free, and a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of what Entrepreneurship and Leadership is all about! You may even have staff who might be interested? The EAGLE workshop is a great stand-alone workshop with valuable take away’s that will benefit all who have the chance to participate. For those who decide they want ‘more’….the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Training Program will launch in October.

Please help spread the word! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Warm regards,

Debra Tamagi

Program Manager/Coach Shuswap Region

University of Victoria, GSB, Executive Programs


Registration Open! 2017 Regional Leader Training Sessions

Victoria, BC (August 23, 2017) – The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2017 Regional Leader Training Sessions (RTS), offered through the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities (AHLA), in partnership with SportMedBC.

The RTS are offered to individuals working within, or representing an Indigenous community, who are committed to delivering a healthy living program under the Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge.  The sessions are designed to bring together community leaders and individuals who are passionate about promoting health and wellness in the Indigenous community in one or all of these four key areas: increased physical activity, healthy eating, reduction of tobacco misuse, and supporting healthy pregnancies.

Workshops will be offered in Nutrition, Physical Literacy, Addictions, FitNation, Mental Wellness, Nordic Walking, a Regional Resource Panel and more!  Participants will learn from experts in their respective fields, and develop the skills necessary to deliver their own  community program.

At the conclusion of training, participants will become eligible to apply for up to $1000 in grant support for their Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge community program.

  • Aboriginal RunWalk: lead your community in a 13-21 week program as they prepare for a 5 to 10km run/walk event
  • Honour Your Health Challenge: develop your own healthy living project, based on your community’s needs – past projects include creating a healthy eating cookbook, community recreation nights, plant identification walks, fitness challenges, and healthy lunch school programs
Region Location Hotel Dates Register
Northwest Terrace Best Western Inn Sep. 27 – 28 REGISTER FOR TERRACE
Northeast Prince George Coast Inn of the North Oct. 5 – 6 REGISTER FOR PRINCE GEORGE
Interior Kamloops Sandman Signature Oct. 18 – 19 REGISTER FOR KAMLOOPS
Van. Island Nanaimo Coast Bastion Oct. 26 – 27 REGISTER FOR NANAIMO
Van. Coastal /
Abbotsford Quality Hotel Nov. 2 – 3 REGISTER FOR ABBOTSFORD

Regional Leader Training is offered to employees of First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, or Friendship Centres, Indigenous Health or Education promoters, and individuals representing or working within Indigenous organizations.

Hotel accommodation will be provided and travel subsidies will be available to all participants eligible as defined by the travel policy. See travel policy below. Additional travel allowances are available for remote communities.

Registration opens on August 23rd and closes on September 15th, 2017. Registration is limited and will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Download AHLA Travel Policy
Download AHLA Information Bulletin

For more information on registration please contact:
Amanda de Faye
SportMed BC, Aboriginal RunWalk Manger
Phone: 604.294.3050 ext. 106 | Mobile: 778.995.9593 |Fax: 604.294.3020