Dear Valued Members and Stakeholders,
Welcome to our latest edition of Foundations. I am delighted to share some exciting updates that reflect our continued evolution and dedication to serving our members.
First, we are thrilled to present our new corporate video, Building Strong Foundations: Transforming Lives Through Better Housing. This video tells the story of our mission to address the housing crisis in First Nation communities, emphasizing the importance of diverse housing options. I encourage you to watch the video and listen to first-hand accounts of how our programs have helped support homeownership.
I am also delighted to share with you the remarkable outcomes of our recent autumn Board of Trustees meeting held in British Columbia in early September. This gathering was a testament to the strength and diversity of our distinguished Board of Trustees. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Fraser Valley skyline, our Trustees met with Seabird Island Band community members, administrators and leaders. Seabird Island Band was an excellent host for the two-day meeting. At least once a year, the Board of Trustees try to meet in a First Nation community that has worked with the Fund’s programs and services, to observe the impact being made on homeownership first-hand.
Additionally, I am thrilled to share that two new Trustees have been appointed to the Fund, Earl Commanda and Walter Schneider. Earl Commanda brings profound expertise in organizational governance, having served as a Chief for 20 years and Chairperson at the Tribal Council for 17 years. Walter Schneider boasts over 20 years of progressive experience. Notably, he currently serves as the CEO of the New Relationship Trust, based in North Vancouver.
More recently, we were informed that three existing Trustees have been reappointed to the Board for an additional 3-year term. Reappointed Trustees include Chief Sidney Peters (Nova Scotia), Errol Wilson (Alberta), and Jean Vincent (Québec). We are confident that these Trustees will play pivotal roles in advancing the Fund’s mission and contributing to the well-being of First Nations communities across Canada.
I invite you to stay engaged with us, connect with us on social media, and connect with our team to learn more about the exciting opportunities and resources that lie ahead. The Fund is fully committed to serving you and helping your communities flourish. We look forward to walking this path together, supporting your goals and building a brighter future for all.
Wishing you all continued success and prosperity.
Travis Seymour, FCPA, FCGA, MBA, CAFM
CEO, First Nations Market Housing Fund