Annette is a Community Leader, the Executive Director of Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre, the BCAAFC President, and dedicated mother. She is a proud member of the Gitxsan Nation located in British Columbia. Her traditional name is Nox Stikine which translates as Mother of the Stikine. Leadership, no matter how challenging, is the path she has chosen to walk.
My goal is to provide strategic direction, cultural knowledge, and leadership in all that I do. I pride myself on surrounding myself with relationships founded on trust, compassion, and perseverance. I lead in a way that demands respect, because as a woman, as an Indigenous person, as a human being I deserve this, we all deserve this. My greatest strength is communication. For me communication isn’t about speaking but about observing and listening to the opinions and challenges of others. Open communication is part of my cultural responsibility, as is being patient and humble. My traditional teachings ground me in the importance of making space for a diversity of voices. I strongly believe that there is no benefit to be had in minimizing the experiences of others. My purpose is to encourage others to find the best in themselves without any fear or judgement. That is the example I want to set for my children and what I hope to message to people.