Gwen is a citizen of the Ktunaxa Nations and has worked for her Nation for the past twenty-seven years, primarily within the Social Sector, serving as both Director of Education and Director of Health. Gwen has extensive experience in relationship building and has both developed and instructed First Nations Studies courses at the College of the Rockies.
She worked with the College of the Rockies to establish the Nation Rebuilding: Planning for Indigenous Governance program. It is a distance education program designed to help First Nations build capacity to undertake for themselves, the planning and development required to successfully transition to self-government.
In her current role as Director of Corporate Services and Governance Transition, Gwen is responsible for guiding the Ktunaxa Nation’s transition to self-governance, based on their traditional values and principles.
Gwen’s formal training is in Business Administration development and she operates her own small business, as a community planner, facilitator/trainer, artist and curriculum developer.
Allan Louis is a proud member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), and is committed to the betterment of the community. During his eight terms as a Band Councillor of the OKIB, he has focused on ideas and initiatives that benefit the membership.
As the current Deputy Chair of the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), Allan is responsible for overseeing the new First Nations health governance structure and the implementation of the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan. In addition to his role with the FNHC, he currently sits on the Interior Health Authority (IHA) Board of Directors and works together with local, provincial and federal governments to achieve innovative ways of delivering health services.
Allan recognizes that education is one of the most important determinants of health and served two terms (2005-2007 and 2013-2019) as the Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Education Committee for School District 22. During this role as Co-Chair, he advocated for more inclusive policies that recognize First Nations interests as well as the challenges with the current education model.
Prior to his current roles, Allan attended Okanagan College in Kelowna and worked in a variety of managerial positions including Security Manager at the Casino of The Rockies, Manager for the Travel Lodge, and Service Advisor for Cranbrook Dodge. He is also an entrepreneur and the owner of Maximum One Ventures.
Allan and his wife have a blended family of four children and five grandchildren; he lives on the Okanagan Indian Band Reserve near Armstrong BC.