Having previously served on the First Nations Interim Health Governance Committee, Warner Adam was recently selected to serve as a member of the First Nations Health Council by regional representatives from the Central sub-region of the Northern Regional Health Governance Caucus. The Health Council was restructured to a new regionally selected membership with three representatives from each of the five health regions for BC.
In his previous role as a member of the First Nations Interim Health Governance Committee, Mr. Adam was instrumental in organizing meetings in the Northern Region (Health Governance Caucus) and assisting in the transition from the previous configuration of the Health Council.
Warner Adam is the Executive Director of Carrier Sekani Family Services, which brings together eleven First Nations Governments in the north-western region of British Columbia. The mandate of this organization is to develop and deliver services for Children and Families, Health, and Legal/Justice. Mr. Adam holds a certificate in Public Administration of Aboriginal Governments from the University of Victoria and two years of Business Administration from the College of New Caledonia. He is a strong supporter of holistic healing using indigenous values and belief systems. He is committed to community capacity building for the positive growth of children, and autonomy of indigenous peoples.
Mr. Adam led the development of Carrier Sekani Family Services, seperate from the political entity of its parent organization, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. The organization started with a staff of three in 1989 to a staff of over 150 employees, the largest northern BC First Nations employer, with an annual budget of $14 million.
Bev Lambert is a Cree from Saulteau First Nations in Moberly Lake, BC. She is the elected representative for Northeastern BC; selected by the Chiefs of the Treaty 8 Tribal area. Bev has approximately 26 years experience working in community-based programming in several of the First Nations communities in northeastern BC in the capacities of: Band Social Worker, Housing Manager, NNADAP Worker, Education & Cultural Coordinator and as a Health Director. She also has experience in urban aboriginal and non-profit organizations in the roles of Management, Program Coordination, Alcohol & Drug Counselling, Advocacy, Education, Baby’s Best Chance, Proposal Writer, a Life Skills Coach and Workshop Facilitator; her most recent experience was working in a regional Health Authority as a Aboriginal Patient Liaison/Navigator and also as Chair for the regional AHIC and co-Chair of the Aboriginal Cancer Care Advisory Committee.
Bev received certification in Aboriginal Addictions Services Worker through the Nechi Institute of Training; as a Life Skills Coach through YWCA of Metro Toronto; and as a Cree Language Instructor through the Maskwachees Cultural College. Bev believes that one is never too old to learn, and is currently working towards completing her Bachelor degree in Social Working.
Bev is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 5 – 18. She is an avid craftsperson whose favorite and most rewarding hobby is creating beaded footwear and clothing, skills learned from her late mother and grandmother. She considers herself to be a good role model; breaking the cycle of addiction and celebrating 24 years sobriety and wellness while walking on the Red Road with her Spiritual family.
Chief Marie Quock