Vancouver Island Region
Tania Dick hails from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet and has been an RN in B.C. for 12 years. She has spent her entire career in rural and remote nursing, specializing in emergency and Aboriginal health. Tania completed her master’s of nursing in the nurse practitioner program at the University of British Columbia in 2010.
Les Doiron is a citizen and the President of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government – Ucluelet First Nation. A community minded, goal-oriented professional, Les is passionate about giving back to his community and has shared a lot of his life with many individuals, on a professional and volunteer basis, alike.
As the President of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government, Les works with a team of six other elected officials to fulfill Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ’s obligations to the Maa-nulth Treaty, and the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Constitution, laws and regulations. As part of his role, Les is the Primary Executive of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government and is responsible for: representing the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government – Ucluelet First Nation when engaging with local, provincial and federal governments, other First Nations and Indigenous organizations – nationally and internationally; ensuring Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ citizens are fully informed on social, legal, and political issues affecting the nation; and for protecting and enhancing Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ aboriginal and treaty rights. Les also holds seats on the YFN Management Operating Boards, YFN Holdings Board, Maa-nulth Treaty Society Board of Directors, NTC Board of Directors, BC Parks Foundation Board of Directors, and the Ma-mook Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Before becoming President, Les worked in various capacities ranging from forestry and parks and recreation, to construction and fisheries. Notably, Les has travelled the world and helped manage musical performances by singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Loverboy, and ZZ Top. In other years, Les has been an entrepreneur and owned and operated a salmon charter business and a welding/machine shop. In 2010, Les served as a body guard/chauffeur for visiting dignitaries of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Later on, Les returned to his hometown in Port Alberni and became a member of the Alberni-Toyota family until he became fully involved with his new role at the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government.
Les actively volunteers for his community and over the years has coached minor softball; served as the General Manager of the Junior B Port Alberni Bandits Hockey Club; served as the President of the Booster Club for the Port Alberni Bull Dogs; participated on the Rob Shick Charity Golf Classic Board; served as Director and President of the Alberni Golf Club.
Les lives in Port Alberni, British Columbia, with his wife Rosanne and their dog Joey. He feels grateful to have the opportunity to work to improve the lives of his people and self, and believes strongly in Henry Ford’s statement: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”