Our Staff

Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance (SDNA) is a dynamic and growing Nation that demonstrates strong leadership in the assertion of inherent rights and title of the Southern Dakelh, supports a vibrant economy, and sustains a healthy natural environment.

In living our values of assertiveness, excellence, unity, determination, respect, and flexibility, we provide progressive leadership for the mutual benefit of the Nation and its communities in an overarching, organized, and respectful manner.

Management

Finance

Administration

Land Stewardship

Health

Community Coordinators

Management

Shawn Holte

Executive Director / Lead Negotiator

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 309
Email: ed@dakelh.ca

Shawn is the Manager for the Chiefs and is in charge of the day-to-day operations. He carries out instructions of the Chiefs’ Council and attends all meetings. Liaison and information conduit for the Council on administrative matters.

Ray Joubert

General Manager

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 305
Email: business@dakelh.ca

Ray focuses on maintaining the professional operation of the organization. Develops budgets, business plans, and feasibility studies.

Candie Harris

Finance Manager

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 313
Email: finmgr@dakelh.ca

Candie oversees the accounting staff, funding contracts, payroll, accounts payable/receivable. She makes recommendations to the senior managers to address surplus or deficits. Develops and implements financial policies and procedures.

Finance

Candie Harris

Finance Manager

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 313
Email: finmgr@dakelh.ca

Candie oversees the accounting staff, funding contracts, payroll, accounts payable/receivable. She makes recommendations to the senior managers to address surplus or deficits. Develops and implements financial policies and procedures.

Cheryl Lidster

Accountant

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 311
Email: accountant@dakelh.ca

Mariana Flores

Accounts Payable / Payroll Clerk

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 306
Email: acctassist@dakelh.ca

Mariana provides support to the Finance Manager, processes payroll and accounts payable.

Administration

Chris Cardamone

Human Resources Coordinator

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 302
Email: hr@dakelh.ca

Chris provides support in recruitment, retention policy work, labour relations, and employee engagement.

Deanna Lloyd

Office Administrator

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 201
Email: coordinator@carrierchilcotin.org

Deanna provides administrative support where necessary and supervises the front office administration staff.

Dina Stephenson

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 205
Email: dinas@carrierchilcotin.org

Dina provides client services, office administration, and support to finance.

Tammy Keith

Executive Assistant

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 307
Email: execassist@dakelh.ca

Tammy provides a senior level of administrative support/document control for the SDNA Executive Director and SDNA Directors.

Rob Dimmer

Emergency Response Planning Coordinator

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 210
Email: emergency@dakelh.ca 

Land Stewardship

Nobi Suzuki

Interim Lands & Resources Officer / Wildlife Ecologist / Geo-Spatial Analyst

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 303
Email: ecologist@dakelh.ca

Nobi provides ecosystem analysis, habitat evaluations, impact assessments, and restoration planning.

Pauline Priadka

Wildlife Biologist

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 304
Email: wildlifebiologist@dakelh.ca

Pauline is a Wildlife Biologist that is working on cultural keystone species conservation planning, including projects related to moose management and caribou recovery.

Sara Deslauriers

Forest Stewardship Ecologist

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 310
Email: forest@dakelh.ca

Sara is a forester-in-training working to advance SDNA’s Land Stewardship Plan through sustainable forestry practices, watershed restoration, and wildlife risk mitigation, all based on a foundation of respect for Indigenous knowledge systems.

Health

Doron Pollachek

Dakelh Dene Health Manager

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 202
Email: healthmanager@carrierchilcotin.org

Doron is a Health professional (PhD, MPH) specializing in developing Healthy Cities & Communities with Indigenous groups. Doron brings 20 years of diverse experience at personal, municipal, and national-level practice, as well as experience in academic and NGO settings. He has initiated and involved in trailblazing projects, including prevention of childhood obesity and chronic diseases. Doron pursues his passion engaging with the First Nations, sharing, learning, and contributing. As the Health & Wellness Manager, planning for a long-term, positive change, Doron is working to develop a new, innovative Wellness Strategy with the Alliance’s Member Nations

Cassandra Abel

Health Coordinator

Phone: 250-398-3375 Ext 204
Email: healthcoordinator@carrierchilcotin.org

As Health Department Coordinator, Cassandra organizes and helps develop the health department projects and strategies. A huge part of what she does is provide support to the health team by doing research, applying to grants, and helping oversee budgets and events.

Loretta Williams

Dakelh Dene Health Coordinator

Phone: 250-398-3375
Email: engage.wellness@dakelh.ca

As Community Engagement Coordinator, Loretta Williams provides communication, collaboration, and planning support for Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance (SDNA) and it’s three member communities. She also develops and supports local community strategic engagement activities as part of the SDNA Health and Wellness Team, as well as the regional teams (Interior and Northern).

SDNA Community Coordinators

Community coordinators are responsible for engaging, encouraging, and facilitating their communities’ participation in SDNA projects. They work to provide an important on the ground link between SDNA member nations, and the work of SDNA as a whole.

Rene Jimmy

Lhoosk’uz Dene Community Coordinator

Email: lhooskuzcommunity@dakelh.ca

We honour the past and look to the future to address the priorities, challenges, and emerging opportunities in our territory. We represent the four communities and work with all levels of government to advance toward full recognition of our rights and title to our lands.