Introducing WBAFN’s newest employee, Gary Naponse, Infrastructure Database Technologist. Gary is from Atikameksheng Anishinabek First Nation, a Civil Engineering Technician experienced with AutoCAD, Excel and operating systems with Road Maintenance Systems (Automated Vehicle Systems, Culvert Analysis Program) . Gary brings with him 15 years of experience with Operation and Maintenance gained in Municipal, Private and First Nation sectors. He has on hand knowledge with operations and maintenance on Roads, Waste Water Collection, water distribution, treatment facilities, landfills and storm sewers conforming to related legislation. Training and Education, Trenching, Pre Trip, Ontario Road School, Snow Operations, Spill Containment, Confined Space, Water Main Breaks. Please welcome Gary with an email to Gary.Naponse@wbafn.com
It is with great anticipation that the Chiefs and Board Directors announce the hiring of Joanne Koehler as their Project Manager. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the School of Native Human Services at Laurentian University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Joanne maintains a membership in Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. Joanne is a member of the Batchewana First Nation and resides locally. Joanne brings a broad and varied 17 years of experience from the Child Welfare field including working with Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services in the pre mandated stage of development, Clinical Investigator with the Office of The Childrens Lawyer and she has gained much knowledge of the Child Welfare field in various positions within Childrens Aid Society and Provincial Ministry roles. Joanne has also taught Social service related courses at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College. Joanne, as the Project Manager for the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency Development Project will be responsible, over a period of up to two years, for overseeing the pre-designation development leading to the formation of the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency for the Waabnoong Bemjiwang area First Nations. Developing tools and processes to be utilized in community consultation assessments to confirm interest, support and readiness in participating in the development of a Child-Well-being Agency by:
Coordinating and facilitating community consultation/engagement sessions with participating First Nations and their child welfare staff.
Working with the Chief and Council members of participating First Nations to develop community models
Assessing the readiness of each First Nation
Identify training needs and developing recommendations for addressing training needs
Identifying in consultation and collaboration with First Nations communities, an organization within the community that is ready to pursue designation
Developing a business plan for the development of the Child-Well-Being Agency for review and approval by the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well Being Agency Development project participating First Nations and then for submission to the Ministry
Developing ongoing and interim reports for the participating First Nations that demonstrate progress made and any outstanding matters for resolution.
This will ensure First Nation children are effectively served by a First Nation Child Welfare Agency that delivers services in a culturally and community appropriate manner consistent with our customs, culture and community practices. Dokis First Nation, Henvey Inlet First Nation, Nipissing First Nation, Magnetawan First Nation, Shawanaga First Nation, Wasauksing First Nation and Wahnapitae First Nation (referred to as the First Nations along the highway 69 corridor), have all endorsed the commission of a feasibility study for this First Nations operated child welfare prevention agency which may include other First Nations. We are very excited about mobilizing this project and welcome Joanne as the Project Manager beginning December 5th, 2016.