Westbank First Nation (WFN) is requesting Letters of Interest for appointment to the Economic Development Commission (EDC) in order to fill an upcoming vacancy. This 3 year term appointment is for one of the WFN Member seats.

 The purpose of the EDC is to assist WFN Council and WFN Members, community members and lessees in creating a healthy, environmentally sustainable and dynamic economy on WFN lands, based on the value of economic self-reliance and a respect for the heritage and cultural values of the Okanagan/syilx people. 

 The duties and responsibilities of the EDC include:

  •  Acting in an advisory role for Council on economic development issues and on policies and laws that impact the economic development goals and vision;
  •  Coordinating an overall community economic development vision and assisting in implementing the Community Economic Development Plan;
  •  Establishing mechanisms to receive input on economic development policies from WFN’s economic community;
  •  Developing initiatives, media materials and services to promote WFN as an attractive community for new enterprise; and
  •  Assisting Council and its departments in making representation to government, industry and the public in areas of economic development and business.

To qualify for appointment to the EDC, a person must:

  •  Be a WFN Member;
  •  Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Possess good character, credibility and reputation in the Westbank community;
  • Not be a Member of Council;
  • Not be a WFN staff member employed in Housing or Lands;
  • Not be in arrears to WFN with respect to any loans, debts or other financial obligations;
  • Not have been convicted of an indictable criminal offence in Canada or a felony in the United States within 10 years prior to the date of their application;
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt;
  • Have an adequate educational background or have business experience and a familiarity with Westbank and the Central Okanagan; and
  • Reside in the Central Okanagan.

Commissioners are paid an honorarium per duly convened meeting with six meetings per year, typically on the third Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m., January, March, May, September, November, and December. EDC Members are also encouraged to attend quarterly meetings with Council as well as various other events that may happen throughout the year so as to carry out EDC responsibilities.

 If interested in applying for this position, please submit your online Letter of Interest by January 4, 2019.

 Mailed Letters of Interest can be sent to 301-515 Highway 97 South, Kelowna, B.C. V1Z 3J2. Attention Mandi Carroll.

For further information, please contact Mandi Carroll at 250-769-4999.