The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director

For Immediate Release – October 1, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Jocelyn Formsma, who will officially take over the role on November 14, 2018. Ms. Formsma is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation, Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Jocelyn brings to the NAFC many years of work and volunteer experience building strong relationships and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples. Most recently, she was Called to the Bar of Ontario and has been working as a lawyer for a First Nations-owned law firm. Prior to this, she worked for numerous national Aboriginal organizations and First Nations organizations. In addition, Jocelyn serves as the Chairperson of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Board Member of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, is a Champion of the Feathers of Hope, Founder of the Morningstar Fund and is an Advisor to the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project.

Ms. Formsma joins the NAFC during an exciting time and aims to advance opportunities for Friendship Centres to be recognized as hubs for Indigenous civil society.

“I am looking forward to coming back to lead the organization that, in many ways, gave me my start nearly 20 years ago” said Formsma “I do not see this as a step away from the law, but as an opportunity to bring my legal training and passion for Access to Justice to this work with Indigenous peoples in urban environments. I look forward to working with the Friendship Centre Movement to continue working toward innovative, positive and effective systemic change for our Peoples.”

President Christopher Sheppard, along with the Board of Directors, welcome Ms. Formsma to the National Association of Friendship Centres. She started her laudable career in Friendship Centres and has a strong understanding of the Movement. We look forward to working with Jocelyn in her new leadership role.

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is a network of 112 Friendship Centres and Provincial and Territorial Associations (PTAs) from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Friendship Centres are Canada’s most significant off-reserve Indigenous service delivery infrastructure and are the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous residents. For over half-acentury, Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Indigenous people from rural, remote and reserve life to an urban environment. For many Indigenous people, Friendship Centres are the first point of contact to obtain referrals to cultural based socio-economic programs and services.


For further information, please contact:

Christopher Sheppard President

NAFC 275 MacLaren Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 0L9

Tel: (613) 914-2506

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