SECFS – Board of Directors
On December 18, 2015, at the offices of the Southern First Nations Network of Care, the Chief Executive Officer, Bobbi Pampana, and Administrator, Issie Frost, lifted the Order of Administration for Southeast Child and Family Services. Lifting the order restored the governance of the Agency to a board of directors, after being under the administration of the SFNNC since 2008.
The new board is comprised of eight members, one representative from each of the eight First Nations served by SECFS.
The Board of Directors:
Ian Bushie (Chair), Hollow Water First Nation
Dorothy Monkman (Co-chair), Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Carrie Swain (Secretary), Berens River First Nation
Lisa Young, Bloodvein First Nation
Gladys Crow, Pauingassi First Nation
Kelly Bushie, Little Grand Rapids First Nation
Mabel Starr, Black River First Nation
Clifford Bruce, Poplar River First Nation
As a former Chief for a number of years in Hollow Water, Ian brings insight, community experience, commitment and leadership to his position on the Board.
With a diploma in Business, Ian has owned and operated a business in Hollow Water for the past 21 years.
DOROTHY MONKMAN is the Board Representative for Brokenhead First Nation. Dorothy Monkman’s traditional name is Niizhoo Gaabawiik (Standing Twice) and she is from the Crane clan. True to her name, Dorothy works towards bridging the gap and narrowing it between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples. Dorothy raised her family of three daughters and two sons in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and she has five grandchildren. During the late 80’s and 90’s she was a part of a group of volunteers who offered their time and talents towards bringing forth education, awareness, and healing from the effects of colonization. With an increase in the quality of life, many of these people are achieving sobriety and going on to acquire education, training and employment. As a result of these contributions Dorothy was awarded by the National Native Role Model Program in 1996.
Dorothy’s employment on reserve include NNADAP Coordinator, Human Resource Manager and fine artist & silk screener for Wee Gwas Printing producing originals and prints as well as various logo designs. For example, the logo that is currently used by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.
After the age of forty, Dorothy completed her grade twelve; Focusing on Post-Traumatic Stress & Complex Trauma Certification; The First Nations Aboriginal Counselling degree Program and is presently working towards a Master’s Degree in The Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She strongly believes actively achieving our goals as Indigenous People by continuing to break the “glass ceiling” of oppression provides a path for the next generation.
Dorothy’s encourages, “It is never too late to live your dreams as long as you live like there’s Heaven on Earth and each one of us can re-author our lives with the proper support and encouragement.”
CARRIE SWAIN is the Board Representative for Berens River First Nation. She comes from a family of 12 and has 5 children and 7 grand-children. She was born and raised in Berens River where she resided most of her life. Carrie has been married for 48 years and she raised her own children in Berens River. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree that she obtained from the University of Manitoba. She worked for Southeast CFS for over 26 years where she held various positions, eventually retiring as the Supervisor for Berens River after the passing of her eldest son. She was also involved in a local child care committee and regional CFS committee.
Lisa understands the importance of family as she comes from a large extended family. She believes that family provide love, security, stability, safety, and a sense of belonging.
Her Spirit name is Watching Wolf – O’kanawaapungay Ma’iigan – and is from the Sturgeon Clan.
Lisa started working with SECFS in Bloodvein in 1998; she started as a support worker, and moved on to become a band worker. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2006 from the University of Manitoba while working as a frontline worker. She moved on from frontline to become an Alternative Care Worker, working with foster families.
In 2010, Lisa left the Agency to pursue her education and obtained her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Indigenous Governance from the University of Winnipeg. Currently, she is working towards her Masters. While attending school, Lisa has continued to provide services in her community as a part time social worker by working in the summer and providing coverage over the winter holidays.
Lisa is committed to working with her community and encourages the importance of family. She will continue to be the voice for families and community members by advocating on their behalf where reunification is involved.
GLADYS CROW is the board representative for Pauingassi First Nation. She was born and raised in Pauingassi and is the oldest in her family, she has 6 siblings. She has 2 adults sons and is a new grandmother to a baby boy. She is currently working in the health field at the Pauingassi nursing station and has been for the past 8 years.
KELLY BUSHIE is the board representative for Little Grand Rapids First Nation. He was born in Pine Falls and has 9 siblings, 6 children and 3 grand-children. Kelly has worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Little Grand Rapids airport as well as for the Little Grand Rapids Band, a safety operator for winter roads, and currently is employed with Amik Aviation as maintenance and transportation for passengers. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.
MABEL STARR is the Board Representative for Black River First Nation. She was born in Black River but was raised by her extended family in Selkirk, Manitoba. She attended residential school in Brandon and Dauphin. She has 6 biological siblings, 5 adopted siblings, 6 children and is a grandmother and a great-grandmother.
Mabel was a NNADAP (National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program) worker with Black River and a Social Worker for over 25 years with Southeast Child and Family Services. She started out with Southeast CFS as a Support Worker then became a Front Line Worker, eventually assuming a Supervisor role. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She sat on the local childcare committee, the local school committee, and currently sits on the local Elders committee.
Clifford was born and raised in Poplar River First Nation and is a former chief and councilor. Clifford is the proud father of two sons, has 6 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clifford formerly operated a hardware store and a karaoke café on the community. Clifford hobbies include fishing, hunting, and traveling.