Tk’wemi’ple7 (Councillor) Shelley Witzky
Weytk, Shelley Witzky re7 skwest. Councillor (Tk’wemi’ple7) te Cstalnec. My parents are Cecilia (nee Sampson) of Adams Lake and Hubert George of the Syilx Nation. My Grandparents are Henry and Ann Sampson of Adams Lake.
Shelley’s goal is to learn and understand what the future needs are of the Adams Lake community and to contribute her efforts in what way she can. She is also a strong believer in education, either post-secondary or in Trades.
Four-year Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Victoria in Political Science and Anthropology
Two-year Associate of Arts Degree at the Institute of Indigenous Government in Social and Economic Development and Indigenous Governance
Numerous Certificates: Career Counselling, Restorative Justice, Archival Practice, Two-week Outdoor Archaeological Field School (RISC), among others
Shelley has experience in developing policy, drafting proposals, program management, and extensive research skills.
Facilitated five Open Houses and helped develop an Indigenous Tourism Strategy for the Shuswap Region, co-built a team who drafted a proposal to hire an Indigenous Tourism Coordinator to implement strategy (2018-2020).
Assisted Joint Council, Negotiator, and Technical Working Group to secure direct award contracts, and to develop employment and training opportunities within the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 expansion projects.
Developed a Youth Employment Pilot Program that successfully employed and/or trained over two hundred Youth-at-Risk in the Okanagan; a significant government grant was awarded to implement program at five satellite offices.
Appointments to Boards and Committees
-Adams Lake Water Group
– Switsmalph Homeowners Committee
– Others as required
– Indigenous Tourism Advisory Group
– Shuswap Trail Alliance
– Parks Canada Negotiating Team