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Board of Directors

 

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services has a seven (7) member volunteer non profit Board of Directors.

Board Members

NamePosition
Della Preston President
Suzanne Wilkinson Vice-President
Jacquie Green Secretary
Nikki Bresser Treasurer
Jessie Jim Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council
Bruce Underwood Director
Victor Newman Elder

About our Board

Our Board of Directors ( Council ) consists of seven volunteer members. We have have actively recruited Aboriginal peoples with career expertise in K-12 and college level education instruction and administration, community administration, finance, social work, housing and youth corrections. Our community members recommended that five of the seven elected Council positions must be held by women. We have ensured that our community direction is written into our Agency Constitution and Bylaws and actively recruited and selected women for our Agency Council.


History

In 2001, during the community consultation phase of the development of Surrounded By Cedar Child & Family Services, our community members recommended that women must have a strong role in our Agency governance structure. They said that because women are the givers of life, the primary caregivers of children, first teachers, majority of the front line social workers and foster parents that we should ensure their voices are heard at our highest Agency levels.


The community members recommended that five of the seven elected positions within our governance structure must be held by women. We have ensured that our community direction is written into our Agency Constitution and Bylaws and actively recruited and selected women for our Agency governance. We also actively solicit input and guidance from the community in the overall agency development and direction to ensure that there is a safe and supportive place for open and transparent discussions to occur.

 

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