Board of Directors
Our Society is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of First Nations individuals who live in communities throughout the province of British Columbia and who are elected by our Society’s members. The core function of our Board is to ensure that our Society upholds its adopted Mission Statement in accordance with its adopted Constitution and By-Laws, and to ensure the financial viability of the Society.
Edwin Mountain Sr.
Edwin Mountain Sr. is from Alert Bay, and lived in Xaxli’p for the past 29 years. For the past 29 years he has been with the Xaxli’p Volunteer Fire Chief Department and a FNESS Board member for the past 12 years, with the last 2 years off. With all of the accomplishments that we have made over the years, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have made it possible for me to be where I am today. I would like to say congratulations to the staff and managers. I am very interested in working with the board for the next term.
Stephen Hunt, known to most as Sonny, is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation. He is an integral member of his community and has held many different position in emergency services there. Sonny was previously a FNESS Board Member; he’s glad to be back and looks forward to serving the First Nations of BC through FNESS.
Anthony Moore comes from the Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw, located in Northwest BC. He has been a part of the Gitwinksihlkw Fire Department since 1998 is the current Safety Officer for the Department. Anthony holds the position of Emergency Response and Health & Safety Coordinator for Nisga’a Lisims Government, there he provides direction of emergency management and business continuity, as well as providing strategic guidance and continuity in corporate knowledge to ensure legal compliance of the Health and Safety Legislation for the Nisga’a Nation.
Anthony has graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) receiving an in Emergency Management Certificate, Emergency Medical Responder Certificate and working on Health & Safety Professional Certificate from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Exterior Attack Fire Fighter Course from JIBC.
Working diligently with other members of his department, they have worked to develop a strong junior fire fighter training program and an annual summer boot camp, instilling the traditions and mindset of a fire fighter into the youth of Nisga’a Nation and its four communities. As well as serving in his fire department, Anthony also serves in many other nonprofit organizations in areas of Cultural dancing and Concert Bands and the Salvation Army.
J.D., B.Ed. – Lawyer / Senior Policy Analyst / Teacher / Consultant
Ms. Morin is an extremely accomplished Secwepemc lawyer who has worked with First Nation Governments for over twenty years. As a former teacher, she returned to UBC to obtain her law degree in 1987 graduating in 1991 and was called to the bar in the fall of 1992. She is currently a member of the Law Society of B.C. in good standing.
After obtaining her law degree she spent several years working with five First Nations and as apart-time as a lawyer (sole practitioner). As well, she has produced many bylaws, policies, briefing notes and numerous position papers, with in-depth results for her employers including many First Nations.
Ms. Morin’s concern is rooted in humanitarian concerns, and she was one of the co-founders and has served five terms as the President of the BC Native Women’s Association of BC as well as serving for many other non-profit organizations.
Appointed by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Michael Kelly is a member and an elected councillor of Leq’a:mel First Nation. Michael retired early after 35 years, when working with the Provincial Government within the Ministry of Highways throughout the province of British Columbia. He has worked extensively withing the Engineering Technical and Inspection component of highway construction. After leaving eht Ministry of Highways in 2002, he worked as a machine operator within the public works section with the University Endowment Lands until 2009. Currently, Michael is a member of the Strategic Engagement Agreement board. He is a representative of the Sto:lo Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association for Leq’a:mel First Nation. Michael also works with the S.X.T.A. Governance working group and holds the fisheries portfolio for Leq’a:mel First Nation. With the changing landscape of the Forest Industry related to the First Nations in British Columbia, Michael is committed to working with all groups involved diligently for positive progress.