Board of Directors
DIANE MONDS, Board Member, Metis Family Services
Diane is Metis on her Father’s side. Diane’s Father is Ojibway and French and is from White Earth, MN and Nova Scotia.
Diane’s studies and background is in Nursing (North Island College), Alcohol and Drug Counselling (Malaspina College) and Child Care (Douglas College). She has served over 50 years as a working professional and a member of the Metis community in the capacity of a Child Care Worker, a Program Director, a Nurses’ Aid, a Nurse in the RN Access Program and at the Royal Victoria Hospital; a Victim Services Coordinator, a Volunteer in various agency programs and projects at Metis Family Services. Diane is a MCFD Star Elder and Board Member.
Diane is also an enthusiastic maker of traditional pine needle baskets, medicine pouches and necklaces. She is a mother of 7 children and 3 step children; and has 24 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
MARIA REED, Board Member, Metis family Services
Current: Vice President
English name: Maria Reed
Native name: White Hawk Woman, given to her by the grandmothers.
Maria’s heritage is Anishinabe from Red River Settlement on her father’s side, and Swedish on her mother’s side.
Maria has been working with our Indigenous people for 20 years in many different capacities. She has held the Mètis seat on the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Health Council for 5 years and then went on to develop team building strategies and workshops for Seabird Island, and Mètis Family Services; while helping to create “Mission” and “Vision” statements. Currently, Maria is working with MCFD as an Elder in “Circle 5”, and taking on the task of helping Indigenous people.
Maria is a Certified Life-skills Coach and Human Relations Counsellor, a Certified Employment Counsellor, a Laser/Light Therapy Practitioner, a Nutritional Consultant, and has a Master Cannabis Certification and a Provincial Instructor Diploma.
Along with the above, Maria is a mother of two beautiful daughters and has also been blessed with a granddaughter. In her spare time, Maria enjoys watching her daughter play Fastball. She also loves to cook and enjoys migrating somewhere warm in the winter.
BLAIR HARVEY, Board Member, Metis family Services
With a Bachelor of Arts and a Registered Social Worker, Blair has successfully worked for over 40 years in the Canadian and US Aboriginal/Native American community with community development; the creation of Aboriginal political organizations in BC; training alcohol and drug counsellors; managing a treatment centre; counselling, coordination, networking and collaboration among Aboriginal service provider organizations and agencies in Vancouver; and documentary filmmaking on such topics as alcoholism recovery, Native American traditional dance, FASD prevention, Native American history.
Blair’s current enthusiasms and passions are FASD education and prevention; delivering and constantly improving services in child protection, and on-going support for children in care and their families; support and services for youth dealing with FASD; improving and expanding policy.
ROXANNE HUGHES, Board Member, Metis family Services
Roxanne Hughes is a first generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from England and Germany. She was born in Ontario and was raised, mostly, in British Columbia. Roxanne has a BSW from UBC, an MSW from UFV and is a Registered Social Worker. At the beginning of her social work career, Roxanne worked as a child protection social worker in Surrey, BC. She then moved to the non-profit, Community Social Services Sector with Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) and has had diverse social work practices for the past 28 years with PCRS.
Roxanne is currently an FASD Key Worker, with PCRS, for the past 12 years, since the inception of the program in BC. She provides support to families who are parenting youth (ages 12-18) who have FASD or Complex needs (difficulties similar to FASD). In addition to one to one family support, Roxanne also facilitates monthly parent support groups and offers training to a broad range of community partners. Roxanne is involved with the FASD Collaboration Roundtable, which is comprised of professionals from a broad range of community agencies who work collaboratively to identify, advocate and provide training in regards to FASD.
Roxanne was invited to join the MFS board of directors and has been a member of the board since 2017.