The ACAA governance structure is made up of eleven (11) volunteer Board of Directors. Each Board member is elected to a 2 term at the Annual General Meeting. The Board is accountable to the ACAA members and for reporting to the ACAA members as per the ACAA Bylaws. The following Board of Directors elected for the 2019-2021 term are:
Term: 2019 - 2021 Board of Directors (elected)
President I National CAP Board of Director
Beverly is a Treaty descendant and member of the Bigstone Cree Nation. She is a mixed Cree and French ancestry, Beverly’s educational background is in Justice Administration. She has worked in the field of social services and community engagement for over 35 years and is currently employed with Homeward Trust Edmonton as the Sr. Indigenous Liaison.
Christine Solomon is a survivor. She was born on a trapline with her twin sister near Moosonee, Ontario. Christine spent 5 years from the time she was 2-year-old to 7-years-old in a Tuberculosis Sanatorium and 2-years in a Residential School in Sault Sainte Marie, Christine is a survivor. After upgrading her grade 12, Christine began her career as a receptionist in Toronto’s Native Friendship Centre and then she began her 30-year career working for the Federal Government. In Between working for the different departments in the Federal Government, she also worked for the Provincial Government and as a Native Court worker for the Federation of Friendship Centres. She has worked in every department with the Federal Government and brings a wealth of knowledge navigating the system. Always willing to help, Christine retired over 10-years ago but continues to work on contract. Christine is a member of Kashechewan First Nation (Ontario) but has lived in Alberta since 1980.
Aretha is a member of Keshechewan First Nation, born and raised in Edmonton, AB. With a Bachelor of Applied Communication in Professional Writing Degree from MacEwan University she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology from the University of Alberta. Aretha co-owns a media production company, Miyo Pimatisiwin Productions: Indigenous people telling Indigenous Stories, and aspires to encourage youth to build on their passions and reach for their dreams.
Shawna is a member of the Łútsël K'é Dene First Nation, situated on the east arm of the Great Slave Lake, NT in the Thaidene Nëné Akaitcho Treaty 8 Territory. She is a Bill C-31 Treaty Status Chipewyan Dene and Russian raised in Edmonton. She grew up traveling extensively throughout the world with her family, this experience provided a global perspective and appreciation for the diversity of culture. Shawna has 20 years of experience with the Federal Government, most of her career with the RCMP K DIV HQ Corporate Management in Finance. She has volunteered with various organizations and in 2015 obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sociology and Psychology through Concordia University of Edmonton. Presently she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Leadership through Royal Roads University. With a focus on the effects of loss of language through Residential Schools and creating strategies to retain and rejuvenate the Chipewyan /tʃɪpə waɪən/ Dënesųłıné Yatıé/ tènɛ̀sũ̀ɬìnɛ́jàtʰìɛ́ language.
A non-status Indian of Saulteaux (Pinaymootang First Nation) and African American descent, David is an independent consultant with 30 years’ experience working in areas health, social services, management, policy development and community engagement. Having served 6 years as a Director on the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) Board, David currently works for AHS as an Advisor for the Indigenous Health Program.
Justice Tourangeau is a proud indigenous woman from Edmonton, Alberta and member of the Bigstone Cree Nation. She is a full-time university student at MacEwan University majoring in Sociology. Previously appointed to the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate’s Provincial Youth Advisory Panel and a member of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ National Youth Council, Justice believes that youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, youth are the leaders of today.
Liam Thompson was born and raised in Edmonton with his family’s history rooted in the Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Saskatchewan.
Liam graduated the Native Studies Associate of Arts Degree at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Returning to his home community in 2014, Liam perused a career in the homeless serving sector, assisting in the development of Edmonton's Updated Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. When Liam is not addressing homelessness in his community, he is producing posters, logos and advertising materials through his work as a graphic designer.