Meet your Tla'amin Settlement Team

CYNDI EGAN - Interim Guardian

I am honoured to be appointed to the role of Interim Guardian of the Qamɛs ʔəms Tala Settlement Trust.

I am from the Tla’amin Nation, living and working in Victoria B.C. as a Chartered Professional Accountant, with the majority of my career spent with government and in public practice.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and being outdoors, especially hiking with my rescue dog.

I look forward to working with the Trustees, fulfilling my duties and responsibilities to the Trust, the Tla’amin Citizens and contributing to the economic growth of the Nation.

ANN PAUL - Trustee, Secretary

My Tla’amin name is qaqʔet

My English name is Ann Paul and I am honoured to serve as one of the Trustees for the Qamɛs ʔəms tala Settlement Trust.  I am from Tla’amin Nation and live on Nation lands.

My interests include personal fitness, gardening, cooking, reading, paddling with my canoe family, enjoying our traditional songs, dances, practicing ʔayʔajuthəm, and learning how the language is written in orthography.

Being a trustee has been rewarding work and I have enjoyed working with such a great group of fellow trustees.  As was the vision of many late Elders, the investments secured through our treaty continue to grow in wealth for future generations. At the same time we have assisted many citizens who have applied for a grant, build or expand their businesses through the Economic Development fund.

I am excited to be serving my second four-year term and look forward to continuing to exercise the responsibilities and duties as a trustee for the Qamɛs ʔəms tala Settlement Trust and to the citizens of Tla’amin.

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KRISTI THIELE - Trustee, Treasurer

I have lived most of my life in Victoria, but remain connected to our village and family. It is an honor to work with the other Trustees, and build something for the future generations to have and use.

My career has been in the accounting and payroll sectors for 20+ years. I am married with 2 children, and am blessed to live in our part of the world. Hobbies include: reading, traveling, and hanging out with the kids.

BETH HARRY - Trustee

I was raised in the place that I still call home, the Tla’amin Nation located on the Sunshine Coast. I have been a proud trustee of the Qamɛs ʔəms tala settlement Trust for more than 3 years, growing and learning alongside many gifted people.

Since moving to Vancouver Island, I have been lucky enough to plant my roots on the traditional territories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation with my beautiful little family. I spend most of my time nurturing my relationship with my son and establishing my career with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, serving the urban indigenous community as the Housing Administrator.

ALISHA POINT - Trustee

My name is Alisha Point and my ancestral ties to Tla’amin Nation are through my mother Arlene Point, and Grandparents Doreen and Alex Point. My Great-Grandparent were Elizabeth and Jimmy Harry. I grew up mostly in Vancouver, visiting Tla’amin during many long weekends and longer school breaks. I now have lived here for over 20 years. This is where my son Landyn, step-daughter Alyssa, my spouse Cliff and I call home.

Aside from being a Trustee, I am also the Indigenous Students Support Worker at Brooks Secondary and I own my own business: Ah-Yes Pressure Washing.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, sketching, painting, being out on the ocean or in the forest, camping, and road trips with my family.

My journey as a Trustee began as a youth member of the Constitution Working Group, around 2004. This is where I learned the details of the constitution and treaty package that would be voted on, if the constitution was adopted. I then worked as an Enrolment Officer, responsible for reaching out to Sliammon (now Tla’amin) band members to share information about the constitution and treaty and assist them in enrolling to vote. This journey connected me with many on and off-reserve members, all who had one thing in common: a love for Tla’amin Nation.

Today I work with an amazing group of Trustees and our Guardian. I am proud to have duties where the past, present and future are all equally important.

When it comes to the success and health of our nation:

payɛʔot kʷums qʷayɛgən – We are of one mind.

APRIL TREAKLE - Trustee

My name is April Treakle I am a Tla’amin Citizen and Resident. I was raised in Tla’amin and moved to the greater Vancouver Area for about 20 years as a young adult before moving back home to Tla’amin March 2019. I am a mother of two growing boys K-Shaun 11 years old and Linden 10 years old and I am grateful to be raising them here in Tla’amin. I have been appointed as a Trustee for the Qamɛs ʔəms tala Settlement Trust and I look forward to working and being a part of this team. I am interested in growing with our Nation and doing what I can to work with and for Tla’amin today and into the future. Emote

JASMIN MENENDEZ - Trustee

ʔaǰečxʷʊt, my name is Jasmin Menendez. My mother is Lorraine Peters, and my late grandparents are Stanley and Nelly Peters. I am a ɬaʔəmen woman who lives, works, and studies on the lands of the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ people.

While being away from home to advance my education, being a Trustee with the Qamɛs ʔəms Tala Settlement Trust has allowed me to stay connected while diving deep into growth and learning within our nation.

In my spare time, I enjoy practicing cultural traditions, educating myself through two-eyed seeing, and keeping busy in the great outdoors. 

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