Lafferty is quoted: “We had nearly 100 applicantsfrom across Canada apply for this position, and Darlene Brander and her husband Wade on their wedding day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. We are looking forward to continuing to work with this group of talented The plan is for a second gallery to open in the centre, where the work of emerging artists will be shown. He has pivotal leadership roles on a wide range of national, provincial and regional organizations including Wanuskewin, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, Concentra Financial, SaskCentral and Canada Revenue Agency. Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Award. Winner 2016 Tourism Industry Association of Canada She said a lot of work has been taking place at the park and everything is coming together and one of the final pieces was to find a leader that was the right fit for the job. And then there’s the anticipated return of the bison by the summer of 2020. Governance & Nomination Committee, Andrea LaFond - Meewasin Valley Authority reveal in Summer 2020. Candace Wasacase-Lafferty It was fascinating every day that you worked here.”. When the board started its search for a new CEO, it sought a well-balanced person who would be as comfortable taking part in Indigenous ceremonies as they are in corporate boardrooms. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. “We cast our net out nationally, across the country (and) we had over 100 applicants apply,” said Wasacase-Lafferty. Are you an Indigenous individual who is as comfortable in ceremony as you are in the boardroom? As the park continues to evolve, we offer sincere gratitude for his loyalty and years of service,” Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, the chair of Wanuskewin’s board of directors, said in a statement. Are you a team builder who can foster an environment of respect, entrepreneurial enthusiasm and resilience? Brander was appointed to the position following a comprehensive national search that Saskatchewan, Canadian Association of Police Governance and is Chair of the Saskatoon Board Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a National Historic Site that brings to life the history and culture of the Northern Plains Indigenous peoples. Sports Tourism Board Representative, Darlene Brander - Wanuskewin Heritage Park It’s going to be great,” Brander says. She is active as a volunteer and in the business world, where she served as director of human resources for Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership. She moved to the city to attend Saskatchewan Indian Federated College — now First Nations University of Canada — for the Native Studies program, now called Indigenous Studies. Wanuskewin will be the living reminder of the peoples’ sacred relationship with the land. “We’re going to be hearing the bison pretty darn quickly here, the thunder of the bison. WHPA is not a federal, provincial, or municipal park, but rather a stand-alone entity under provincial government legislation as per the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Act, 1997. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I am humbled to be a part of process in hiring Ms. Brander, and to the senior management team for their leadership during Originally, the park set out to raise $25 million cash, plus $15 million in land acquisitions. New CEO at Wanuskewin Heritage Park – Darlene Brander (right photo) For me, it boiled down to someone who had a very deep care and commitment for the park.”. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. The Wanuskewin to which Brander returns has already undergone significant changes. The grand opening is expected to take place in the summer of 2020. Chief Executive Officer, effective March 4, 2019. It was kind of a nice way to begin my marriage,” she says. Brander leaves her position as Director of Human Resources for Athabasca Catering Limited She serves on the boards of the Nutrien Children’s Discovery Museum of years ago, and brings with her a wealth of experience that will positively impact the growth of Wanuskewin is seeking a dynamic, culturally grounded and experienced business leader who will lead us through the next phase of our renewal. So, I think that was the first time I took real sharp notice of Darlene.”. working with the staff, Elders and board to honour the Park’s past, thrive in the present and Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a non-profit cultural and historical centre of the First Nations. They were asked for their opinions on what the park needed as it moved into the future, as well as, what kind of leader they wanted to see at Wanuskewin. with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, in conjunction with the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. The WHPA Board of Directors select a Chief Executive Officer responsible for the overall management and operation of the park. Governance & Nomination Committee, CJ Dushinksi - John G. Diefenbaker Airport The Directors are appointees from municipal, provincial and federal governments, the University of Saskatchewan and First Nations communities. She worked with a team to plan events, which taught her interpersonal skills that have been invaluable in various other jobs. She didn’t know Brander very well when she was named the police commission’s chair, but remembers being impressed with her, she said. Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (WHPA). Prior to launching the search for a new CEO, Wasacase-Lafferty said the park had just completed a survey of past and present park employees. Nearly two years ago, Wanuskewin launched its capital fundraising campaign and renewal project. It seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime, she says, remembering the enthusiasm people had for learning about Plains Cree and Indigenous culture in general. In 2016, it was announced that Wanuskewin intends to seek UNESCO World Heritage designation, which would make it the first World Heritage Site in Saskatchewan. Brander joins the project as construction of an expanded facility CJ Dushinksi - John G. Diefenbaker Airport Director. Board members are elected by the SODS membership. Audit Committee. Her name should be familiar: she is the chair of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and a member of the board of the Nutrien Wonderhub. “You had to be that sophisticated leader who was grounded in First Nations knowledge, as well as, being experienced in the business world,” said Wasacase-Lafferty. Director Director, Christine Ruys - University of Saskatchewan All aspects of the project are expected to be completed by then, including Each Director is elected to hold office for a two year term and when their term expires they are eligible to submit nomination papers to be elected for another two-year term. If the park gets this designation, it will be a worldwide heritage site, Brander notes. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. WHPA has a Council that consists of Elders who represent the various First Nations communities who gathered in the Wanuskewin area. The next issue of The StarPhoenix Headline News will soon be in your inbox. Evaluation & Compensation Committee is underway and will help to build the team and strategy as Wanuskewin prepares for its grand A Gathering Place for Thousands of Years. Chair, Wanuskewin Board of Directors this time of transition. Brander is quoted: “As an Indigenous woman, I am honored to be Wanuskewin’s next CEO and Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt. Contact: Carol Cooley, Director of Libraries & CEO, 306-975-7575. community volunteer. CJ Dushinksi - John G. Diefenbaker Airport Director. “The Board of Directors would like to thank the Elders for their contributions to the selection The Canadian Association of Police Governance Directors are elected by the Members at the annual meeting. people we serve. Wanuskewin is a 20-minute drive outside of Saskatoon’s city centre. The Elder’s council ensures that the direction, planning and continuity of Wanuskewin are aligned with oral tradition and authentic cultural heritage. New construction is underway around the centre. Director. Director “And you set your alarm and you showered and you just got back to it. The selection committee, comprised of Wanuskewin board members and its elders, were seeking someone who possessed a special skill set. Wanuskewin Heritage Park has played a role in Darlene Brander's life story. Audit Committee, Patty Schweighardt - Delta Hotels by Marriott As she walks around the centre, she points to the spaces where she used to spend quiet time, explaining where they are now located and what will happen to the new space.

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