NAFC National President
Vera Pawis Tabobondung
Vera Pawis Tabobondung is of the Ojibway Nation, a member of the Fish Clan from the Wasauksing First Nation, Vera is a mother of three and grandmother of eight. Vera has been involved in the Friendship Centre Movement for more than 25 years. As a long time member of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) Executive Committee, Vera continues to assist the OFIFC in various forums such as the Aboriginal Healing & Wellness, Noojimawin Health Authority and presently enjoys the role as past President of the OFIFC. At the local level, Vera serves as an Honorary Board Member at the Parry Sound Indian Friendship Centre. She retired from the Parry Sound Friendship Centre with 25 years of service. Ms.Tabobondung has served six terms with Chief and Council for the Wasauksing First Nation.
NAFC Executive Director
As an urban Métis person he understands the realities of urban Aboriginal issues from living in cities such as Winnipeg and Ottawa. For more than a decade, Jeff has focused his career on providing strategic and operational leadership skills within Aboriginal organizations such as the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba Métis Federation. Within the Government of Canada, he has extensive experience with the Privy Council Office, Natural Resources and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP.) Since 2008, he has been a Senior Advisor - Aboriginal Relations with the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Jeff has a Masters Degree (with distinction) Political Studies/International Relations from the University of Manitoba.
Aboriginal Youth Executive
Andrea Landry is a young Anishinaabe woman from the Pays Plat First Nation in Ontario, Andrea is currently residing in Nanaimo, BC where she is completing her degree in Child and Youth Care. Andrea is employed as a youth worker and Aboriginal youth leadership and training coordinator at Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Andrea is passionate about the Friendship Centre Movement and strives to work hard for her people. Andrea lives a healthy and positive lifestyle and is looking forward to continuing her education and pursuing her goals. Andrea has been involved in the Friendship Centre Movement for much of her life, and has sat on the Provincial Youth Council in BC for three years, as well as the National Aboriginal Youth Council for one year; Andrea has developed the skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of Youth Executive and is very proud to hold this position. She is very motivated and looks forward to all the new experiences that crosses her path.
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