Paulette Flamond is a strong and proud Metis woman who grew up in Battleford, Saskatchewan before finding her way to the Peace Region 22 years ago and settling in Charlie Lake, BC. The property just outside of Fort St John in Northeast BC is her personal haven where she spends her limited spare time organic gardening and weaving her traditional cultural beliefs into a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Paulette’s post-secondary training includes a certificate in Native Communications from Grant MacEwan College, an Aboriginal Management Certification- UBC Sauder School of Business, she was awarded with an Honorary Associate Arts Degree from Northern Lights College in 2013. She is a graduate of two Life Coaching programs and a licensed Heal Your Life Instructor under the philosophy of Louise Hay.
Paulette is a hands on local business owner who has created a specialty store, Scoop Clothing that caters to women in the region.
In addition, as an engaged and knowledgeable member of her community and the surrounding region, Paulette has long been an advocate for entrepreneurial and capacity development for non-status, Metis, Inuit and Aboriginal people. She is the Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre for the past 14 years and has always worked with her clients to build skills and find solutions through challenging and diversified economic times and opportunities. Through her leadership the Centre has maintained its relevancy and again shown her understanding for changing times through creative solution based thinking. She currently serves on the Canada Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) as the Northern BC Rep as well on the Aboriginal Business Service Network as a Board Member. In the past Paulette has served for the Provincial Government on the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Native Economic Development Advisory Board.
Paulette has been honored with many awards for her advocacy work including the Northern British Columbia Business and Technology Mentor Award, Aurora Award of Distinction for Aboriginal Woman of the Year from Community Futures and the Economic Developer of the Year Award from CANDO.
In 2011 Paulette was fortunate to be appointed by provincial Minister of MARR Mary Polak to the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and continues to be a strong voice for women both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
With a strong sense of justice, Paulette has always been led by her empathy for people around her and driven to support women and families by developing capacity, building relationships and connecting people.
All of the work Paulette does in her personal and professional capacity is ingrained with the theme of unity. For those that know her and trust in Paulette’s leadership she is a strong personal and professional mentor, spiritual advisor and loyal and supportive colleague.