Kirby Azak / Director
K’ok’hleenhl way̓. Laxsgiik n’iiy’ – Wilps Laay’. Gitwinksihlkw wil w’itgwiy’, iit New Westminster wil jogay’. Hello, my name is Kirby Azak. My parents are Chester (Haymaas) and Audrey Moore. My husband and I have 4 daughters and 10 wonderfully loud and fulfilling grandbabies, with one more on the way. I have lived away from Gitwinksihlkw for 20 years. My formal education is in First Nations Administration and I have worked with FN organizations for over 30 years. My skills are in program development and my recent experience is in working for FNHA as the Eligibility Manager for FNHA’s Health Benefit program. I have experience working with Indigenous Services Canada (Health Canada), Jordan’s Principle and with NLG Eligibility Dept. My goal as a Board Member is to help NVHA in developing a culturally sensitive, robust and transparent Nisga’a Health Benefits program, and improved service standards to meet the needs of the Nisga’a Nation.
Alvin Azak / Director
Simgigat ganhl sigidim haanak, sgook dimni t’ooyakshl n’idiit an lihlkhl Ayuukhl Nisga’a wilt anookdit dim dii kwihl huksgwiy’ as dip n’idiit an dimt an japhl aama agu dim wila aam dim wila kwihl jaxjogam. Dim sim k’algootiniy’hl gasgoohl da’akhlgwiy’ ahl gagitgum hahla’als sgit angoogam. I am very honored and grateful that the Nisga’a Lisims Government has allowed me to serve the Nisga’a Nation as a Board Member for the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority. As a past School Board Chair and long time School trustee, I have found great satisfaction in working with members of the Nisga’a Nation who continually request and deserve excellence in the delivery of programs and services. I believe that I can assist the Board in developing a plan that will respond to the health needs of the Nation.
Tammi Guimond / Board Chair
I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work within Nisga’a Community, in governance for the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority. I am grateful for the warm welcome I receive in the communities of the beautiful Nass Valley each time I visit. It is an honour to be appointed as Board Chair and it will be a pleasure to watch the development of the health authority for years to come. I am a lifelong resident of British Columbia and live now in Prince George, after spending time in 100 Mile House, Kamloops and Dawson Creek. I’m the mother of three grown children and I am a nurse. I enjoyed my time in clinical nursing and lately stay involved in governance, advocacy and policy work, all in health care. In addition to my work with the NVHA Board of Directors, I work as a policy analyst for the provincial nursing association. I also lend my knowledge of practice in provincial regulation of nurses. At home in Prince George, I enjoy my home-office work, staying in touch with friends and colleagues, enjoying close relationships with my kids and my beautiful Granddaughter, Charlotte.
Christine Martin / Director
I’m Christine Smith-Martin from ksim Ganada of Wilp Luuxhoon. Currently, I reside in the community of Laxgalts’ap. My educational background is in Criminology but most recently I graduated from the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program at the University of British Columbia. I was an Executive Director for over 20 years and throughout my career I served on over 15 boards, ranging from Employment, Education, Youth and Health. Recently, I was appointed by the Attorney General to serve on the Legal Services Society of British Columbia. I will bring to the NVHA Board of Directors is my experience and expertise in good Governance.