Board of Directors
Chair: Elder Samuel Saul
Elder Samuel Saul has been participating in and teaching the traditional art form of drum-making for many years. He was born on the Simpcw First Nation Reserve near Barriere BC. In 1989 while living in Vancouver, Sam began to teach drum-making classes at the Native Education Centre. Over a twelve year time period he taught many students this traditional art form. During that time he often was asked to provide drum and rattle-making demonstrations and workshops for elementary and high school students as well as the community in Vancouver. In 2009 Sam returned to live in Simpcw and continued the tradition of drum and rattle-making. Over the years he took on apprentices and provided demonstrations to children at the school and to anyone who was interested and willing to learn. Sam is one of the founding members of the North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society and has been our guiding Elder since the beginning. He has provided drum and rattle making workshops to children, youth and the community at the Centre over the years. He has been commissioned by schools, organizations and individuals to create hand drums, rattles, pow wow drums, shields, stick games and other traditional crafts and makes his work available for purchase through the Gift Shop at the North Thompson Cultural Centre and other locations. He has worked with several visual artists over the years who hand-paint designs for his drums and rattles. You can also view Sam’s work on Facebook.
Vice Chair: Joe Short
Secretary: Joanne Stokes
Joanne Stokes was born and raised in Kamloops, has lived in Barriere for 34 years with her husband Stephen and together they raised their three sons. Over 20 years ago she discovered her Métis ancestry, obtained her Métis status and has embraced that part of her family history. Joanne spends time volunteering for many groups including the Aboriginal Engagement Success by 6 community table as secretary and has been the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Yellowhead Community Services for the past 5 years. Recently she was elected secretary for the North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society.
Treasurer: Cheryl Thomas
She was been a member of the group (The NT Aboriginal Cultural Centre) that hosted the beginning of the Salmon Caravan down Hwy 5 in 2015, in Clearwater, BC
Cheryl is a member of the Yellowhead Community Services round table on Foodie issues since it’s inception in 2015. At this table she represents her local Communities Foundation and often the Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s voices.
Cheryl also uses her position as a Granny Grandpa Connection Circle facilitator to introduce the concept of ‘we are all one’ to pre-schooler’s and their parent/educators in the NT valley through stories and song.
Each year she also participates in the Indigenous Feast for the families and educators of the local school children in the elementary and high school in Clearwater, as well as offering ‘teachings’ at the Cultural Awareness day lead by the elementary youth support worker of Raft River School.
Director: Marilyn Thompson
Marilyn Thompson is from Mistawasis Sask. Cree Nation. Marilyn moved to Clearwater in 1957. Marilyn has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Marilyn has worked for school district 73 since 1990. Marilyn has been involved in many volunteer organizations over the years. She enjoys making crafts and knitting & crocheting.
Director: Al Fosseneuve
Al Fosseneuve is a Metis born and raised in The Pas Manitoba. Al’s Grandpa and uncle trapped for a living. Grandma was a Medicine Woman who helped a lot of People. Al moved to BC in 1991, where he resided in and around Kamloops for about 22 years. Al was a Business owner and also worked in residential construction. Al wanted to reconnect with a smaller community and get back to his roots. Al is an intuitive energy healer who wants to help others. Al and his wife Leanne moved to Clearwater and introduced themselves to the Community and to the Aboriginal Cultural Center. Al continue ‘s to practice healing, and is looking forward to bonding and sharing his knowledge with the small communities of the North Thompson Valley.