Jodene Blain, BA, LL.B - Band Administrator
Jodene has been the band manager since 2016. She began working with AIB as a part-time legal consultant and program administrator in 2012. She earned her B.A at Thompson Rivers University and her Law degree (LL.B) at UBC in Vancouver. Jodene has worked for a law firm in North Vancouver, owned her own businesses and worked for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in several different departments from 2008-2015. She is a registered member of AIB and when she is not working she enjoys running and biking all over Kamloops.
She is committed to bringing new economic developments to the community and will continue to work for new opportunities for AIB. She loves her job and the people in the community and can’t wait to see the new projects come to life over the next year or two.
Char Pittman - Health Director of the Ashcroft Band Health Center
Is a member of the First Nations Health Directors Association.
Char began working as the receptionist for the Ashcroft Band Office in 1988 and her education and training never stopped. She has received training in Food Skills for Families through the Canadian Diabetes Association, First Nations & Inuit Health Non-Insured Health Benefits Medical Transportation, First Nations Water Quality Sampler Orientation Course, First Nations Health Authority safe-TALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone, The Vancouver Island Crisis Society’s “Crisis Intervention Skills Training and Indigenous Tools for Living - Complex Trauma, all of which are critical to health and well-being.
She is married to Dennis Pittman who is also a registered member of the Ashcroft Band. They have three children, Anastasia, Mackenzie and Malcolm. Char enjoys getting back to “being on the land”, harvesting and gathering with family and friends. Currently, she is very interested in learning and being educated on our culture, traditions and protocols as most is getting lost. Her door, as she says, is “always open” should anyone feel the need to just talk.
Norman Blain BBA (Finance) - Finance Manager
Norman is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) program and has been the AIB Finance Manager since 2012 and is close to completing his professional accounting designation (CGA-CPA). Norman successfully managed the finance end of the start-up of the Ashcroft Travel Centre. He is a committed runner competing in marathons and ultra-marathons around Kamloops and across British Columbia. Norman is a registered AIB member and proud to be working with the AIB community and his family.
Kaitlan Hansen - Finance/ Executive Assistant
Kaitlan started at the band in October 2017 and has five years of administrative and finance work experience in addition to obtaining her Administrative Assistant Certificate and completing finance courses at Thompson Rivers University. She is currently completing the Executive Assistant Diploma with intentions of laddering into and completing the Bachelor of Business Administration at TRU.
Terry Barnett - Social Development Worker/ Housing & Education Coordinator
Terry began working with AIB in 2015, as reception and housing coordinator. Her role has since expanded, and she is now AIB’s Social Development Worker and Education Coordinator. Terry is a member of the B.C. Metis Nation. Terry enjoys working at home in her garden, along with taking many rides on her motorcycle with her husband. She always has a ready smile, kind words and an open-door policy for our members.
Jason Blain - Ashcroft Travel Centre Manager
Jason was part of the team that managed the vendor contracting and construction of the Ashcroft Travel Centre. Jason’s personality and leadership skills were vitally important during the challenging start-up phase. His focus on good service and good team management have helped make the Ashcroft Travel Centre a successful venture. He grew up in Ashcroft and attended Thompson Rivers University. He has been working with the Ashcroft Band since 2014. When he is not working at the Travel Centre, he enjoys spending time at home with his family.
Damian Couture - Ashcroft Travel Centre Assistant Manager
Damian has been an invaluable member of the team since the opening of Esso and brings a wealth of knowledge that makes him the “go-to-guy” for almost everything. Since the site’s inception, he has helped with many projects and is currently the Manager of our Tim Hortons. Damian’s likeability, work ethic and friendly demeanor make Damian the ideal Manager and is one of the main reasons the Travel Centre is doing so well. Damian is also the in-house “tech-expert” and a volunteer fire fighter for the Village of Cache Creek.
George Harvie - Maintenance
George is a valued member of the AIB family and is known as the “jack of all trades” when it comes to fixing things around the reserve. George has been employed by the Band for several years and has been a huge part in the changes and updates that have taken place on the reserve over the years.
Cheryl Wigemyr - Resiliency Manager for the Ashcroft Indian Band.
Cheryl began working with AIB in 2017, after the Elephant Hills wild fire as the Resiliency manager. She comes from a large family in Southern Alberta and is now a proud wife, mother and Grandmother. Her hobbies include riding, chasing cows, crafting, gardening, camping and spending time with her husband and family. Cheryl is dedicated to her family and to this position by building resiliency within all members and the community.
Cheryl holds a Social Service Diploma (Honours) from the College of New Caledonia of Prince George, British Columbia. She demonstrates her skills and experience by providing client-centered care to help build resiliency within the community. Cheryl is committed to serving and empowering those in need. She demonstrates strong social work values and ethics while respecting cultural diversity of all people in a professional confidential manner. Cheryl brings forth certificates to help individuals that are dealing with trauma and addiction problems and continues to upgrade her credentials to better service all members.
Diana Hoggard - Administrative Assistant/ Community Engagement Coordinator
Diana is one of our newest team members, working in both the Band Office.
Diana has many years of experience as an Account Manager / Office Manager within the B2B Industry, with experience in Accounting, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. Diana is also a certified Education Assistant, with training in Inclusion, Reconciliation and Child Development.
Diana is a happily married mom of 3 children with 3 grandchildren and is very active with youth sports in the Ashcroft Community. She is a Board member of the South Cariboo Minor soccer Association, Coaches her son’s soccer team and is The Team Manager for his hockey team as well.