Our Governance

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is a society registered under the Society Act of British Columbia. Membership in the society is open to persons eighteen (18) years of age or older...upon making application to the directors and payment of the current membership fee of 1 dollar.Volunteer directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting. They set organizational policy and direction, provide community input into the development of programs and services, and ensure that all segments of the urban Aboriginal community and local First Nations have access to them.According to the Society’s Constitution and By-Laws, at least ten Directors must be of Native Indian descent. Two of those Directors must come from the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. All Directors hold office for terms of three years.

Board of Directors (2016)

  • Ron Rice, President
  • Shelley Cardinal, 1st Vice President
  • Janice Simcoe, 2nd Vice President
  • Carl Mashon, Treasurer
  • Kim Cameron, Secretary
  • Onawa McIvor, Director
  • Seneca Ambers, Director
  • Danielle Smith, Director
  • Elaine Ting, Director
  • Jeff Nicholls, Youth Director
  • Esquimalt Nation Representative, Chief Andy Thomas
  • Songees Nation Representative, John Rice Jr., Councillor

Strategic Position

Clients, the community, funding sources and partnering agencies recognize that the VNFC possesses a number of attributes that make our organization unique and that positions us to provide superior service to our constituency.We are an Aboriginal organization with an Aboriginal Board of Directors and over 90% of our staff are Aboriginal. The Centre has been in continuous operation for over 30 years.Our comprehensive programs combined with our holistic approach to service delivery and program development allows for effective support and community network systems.Our policy of incorporating traditional methods and approaches to traditional program development and delivery supports our commitment to meet the needs of people from all indigenous cultures making transition to the urban environment.The Victoria Native Friendship Centre has a signed protocol agreement with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations upon whose traditional lands we operate in the Greater Victoria area.The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is part of the nationwide National Association of Friendship Centres as well as the provincial, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.