Board Chair and Interim CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association BC
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As a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Brenda graduated as a Registered Nurse specializing in Aboriginal health with a focus on community development, and worked with the Osoyoos Indian Band in the area of community health. Later, she was the responsible for the development of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre and continues to support the Osoyoos Indian Band in the marketing and development of the Centre. As the Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia, Brenda’s focus is to actively promote tourism as a foundation for socio-economic development for Aboriginal communities. She has committed her energy to the development and promotion of the Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Blueprint Strategy, an innovative and leading edge initiative to develop the Aboriginal tourism industry in BC. During the 2010 Olympic Games, Brenda completed the role of Director, Aboriginal Business Showcase for the Four Host Nations, as part of the programming for the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion which hosted over 500 Aboriginal businesses and artisans. Brenda has also held the position of Chief Administration Officer for the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, a challenging role that includes working with the leadership, staff and community in the area of economic development, social and community development, administration and governance. Supporting business, social and cultural development was one of her priorities within the nation.