Board of Directors

Our Society is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of First Nations individuals who live in communities throughout the province of British Columbia and who are elected by our Society’s members. The core function of our Board is to ensure that our Society upholds its adopted Mission Statement in accordance with its adopted Constitution and By-Laws, and to ensure the financial viability of the Society. 

Anthony Moore


Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore comes from the Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw, located in Northwest BC. He has been a part of the Gitwinksihlkw Fire Department since 1998 is the current Safety Officer for the Department. Anthony holds the position of Emergency Response and Health & Safety Coordinator for Nisga’a Lisims Government, there he provides direction of emergency management and business continuity, as well as providing strategic guidance and continuity in corporate knowledge to ensure legal compliance of the Health and Safety Legislation for the Nisga’a Nation.

Anthony has graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) receiving an in Emergency Management Certificate, Emergency Medical Responder Certificate and working on Health & Safety Professional Certificate from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Exterior Attack Fire Fighter Course from JIBC.

Working diligently with other members of his department, they have worked to develop a strong junior fire fighter training program and an annual summer boot camp, instilling the traditions and mindset of a fire fighter into the youth of Nisga’a Nation and its four communities. As well as serving in his fire department, Anthony also serves in many other nonprofit organizations in areas of Cultural dancing and Concert Bands and the Salvation Army.

Heather McKenzie


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Heather McKenzie’s long lineage of the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelcemc [Williams Lake Band people] are members of the Secwepemc Nation [Shuswap people]. The Secwepemc lands extend from Shuswap Lake in the south to Quesnel Lake in the north, and from Columbia-Kootenay Range in the east to Alexis Creek area). Her living parent Catherine McKenzie (nee Wycotte) & Jim McKenzie (rest in peace); and her Grandparents (rest in peace) Jimmy Wycotte (WWII Veteran) and Mary-Jane Pierro Charlie-Wycotte.

Heather has 20+ years’ expertise in the Education Administration profession; offering extensive and successful experience promoting multiple academic opportunities. Emphasis on competitive analysis and team leadership to First Nation students. In addition, Heather passionately shaped/created/generated for her traditional community numerous opportunities to Pre-Kindergarten-K (Daycare and Preschool to K-4) through Post-Secondary (Incentive Programs, Bursaries, Grants); to parents (Engagement); to Elders (Recognition).

Heather is proud and honored to provide her professional Membership and expertise to First Nations’ Emergency Services Society; Sugar Cane Tread Pro Tires & Mechanical/Products; and over 26+ years as the President/Vice President - Board of Director for the Cariboo Chilcotin Training Employment Centre (CCATEC).

In her spare-time she enjoys her family, the Outdoors ~ engaging in sports such as; soccer (indoors and out); participating in marathons; triathlons; mountain biking. Building creative projects; landscaping projects at home.”  Kukwstsétselp (Thank you to more than one).” 

Michael Kelly


Michael Kelly

Appointed by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Michael Kelly is a member and an elected councillor of Leq’a:mel First Nation. Michael retired early after 35 years, when working with the Provincial Government within the Ministry of Highways throughout the province of British Columbia. He has worked extensively withing the Engineering Technical and Inspection component of highway construction. After leaving eht Ministry of Highways in 2002, he worked as a machine operator within the public works section with the University Endowment Lands until 2009. Currently, Michael is a member of the Strategic Engagement Agreement board. He is a representative of the Sto:lo Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association for Leq’a:mel First Nation. Michael also works with the S.X.T.A. Governance working group and holds the fisheries portfolio for Leq’a:mel First Nation. With the changing landscape of the Forest Industry related to the First Nations in British Columbia, Michael is committed to working with all groups involved diligently for positive progress.

Sonny Hunt


Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt, known to most as Sonny, is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation.  He is an integral member of his community and has held many different position in emergency services there.  Sonny was previously a FNESS Board Member; he’s glad to be back and looks forward to serving the First Nations of BC through FNESS.

Walter Paul



Walter Paul is from the Tla’amin First Nation which is located 100 miles north of Vancouver on the Sunshine Coast. Walter is a former chief of his nation for the past 4-years; as well a council member for 32 years. Walter is also a member of the Tla’amin Fire Department for 42-years of which 2-years as the Fire Chief.

Walter is proud to mention the Tla’amin Fire Department as of this year is the first fully accredited Aboriginal Department to have full service accreditation in BC. He believes in supporting First Nation communities to achieve healthy and safe communities through collaborative relationships and credible services

Charlene Joe


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I am a proud and strong Nlaka’pamux woman who was born and raised in the Shulus (Lower Nicola Indian Band) and Shackan areas. My parents are Charlotte Joe of the Lower Nicola Indian Band and Maynard Joe of the Shackan Indian Band. My grandparents were Minnie Pierre and Herbert Pierre of the Lower Nicola Indian Band and Chief Anthony Joe and Rose Joe of the Shackan Indian Band. I have two older sisters, a son, and a grandson and currently reside in Shulus with my son and grandson.

My days as a child were spent between Shulus and the 14 Mile Ranch in Shackan. Our family was a ranching and logging family; days were spent on the ranch, at rodeo grounds, and out on the land, whether it be working on it or harvesting from it. I was involved in 4-H Beef for several years which taught me leadership, diversity, equality, and inclusion. All my experiences through childhood up to today as an adult has made me the strong Nlaka’pamux woman I am today; a voice that can and will be heard; I will not quit until we are heard, and our concerns are addressed.