Posted on: October 18, 2016
Economic Development Commission

Request for Letters of Interest - EDC Non-Member Seat

Westbank First Nation (“WFN”) is requesting letters of interest for appointment to the Economic Development Commission (“EDC”) in order to fill a Non-Member seat. This appointment will be for a 3 year term in accordance with the terms of the EDC Charter.

The purpose of the EDC is to assist WFN Council and the WFN economic community, involving 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. The Commission will show respect for the heritage and cultural values of the Okanagan (syilx) people.

As such, 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 the appointment, a person must:

a. Not be a WFN Member;
b. Be 18 years of age or older;
c. Possess good character, credibility and reputation in the Westbank community;
d. Not be a Member of WFN Council;
e. Not be a WFN staff member employed in Housing or Lands;
f. Not be in arrears to WFN with respect to any loans, debts or other financial obligations;
g. 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;
h. Not be an undischarged bankrupt;
i. Have an adequate educational background or have business experience and a familiarity with Westbank and the Central Okanagan; and
j. Reside in the Central Okanagan.

Applicants actively working in, or representing, small business will be given preference.

The successful candidate will fulfill the requirements as outlined in the WFN EDC Charter and will be appointed by Council for a 3-year term. Commissioners are paid an honorarium per duly convened meeting, which typically take place once per month September to June. 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 forward your Letter of Interest by October 31, 2016 to Mandi Carroll, Manager of Economic Development and Communications, by mail to 301-515 Highway 97 South, Kelowna, B.C. V1Z 3J2 or by email to For further information or for a copy of the EDC Charter, please contact Mandi at 250-769-4999.