Vancouver Island Region
Nick Chowdhury is a member of the Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala First Nation. His Grandfather is a hereditary Chief, and Nick has had the honor of working with and on behalf of his Grandfather on a number of issues, including resources, education, language and health. This time spent with his family at work and throughout the Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala traditional territory has provided Mr. Chowdhury with a wealth of traditional teachings that continue to guide him in his work and his family life. Nick is married with three children; Alicyn, Trent, and Nathan
Mr. Chowdhury has been selected as the representative for the Kwakwaka’wakw Sub-Region of the Vancouver Island Regional Health Caucus. This position also grants him a seat for a three-year term on the First Nations Health Council as a Vancouver Island Representative.
In addition to his work on the First Nations Health Council, Nick works as Resources Manager for Da’naxa’xw/Awaetlala First Nation; Vice-Chair and member of the Sasamans Society; and, engages with other organizations such as the Nanwakolas Council, the First Nations Fisheries Council and the Island Marine Aquatic Working Group.
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.”