Shyla O’Donnell is the Executive Director of Wolastoqey Tribal Council and the Consultation Director for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick. A Graduate of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick and a Registered Professional Forester, Shyla is a tireless advocate of forest stewardship and environmental protection. Being proudly of Wolastoqey heritage, Shyla is equally passionate about Indigenous rights and culture. She has worked on biodiversity, entomology, climate change and forest management in several provinces, including BC, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, and she has been a key player on major treaty rights and consultation files with NB Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat and St. Mary’s First Nation. Shyla is a fitness enthusiast and resides in Fredericton, NB with her husband and two children.
Megan Fullarton is the Senior Advisor for WTCI/WNNB. Megan supports the Executive Director/Consultation Director in overseeing the day to day operations of the organization. Megan graduated from the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Degree. Prior to joining the WNNB/WTCI team Megan worked for her home community, St Mary’s First Nation, as their Resource Development Consultation Coordinator. Megan is passionate about Indigenous rights and the environment, as well as social issues surrounding First Nations. When she is not staring at her computer screen Megan spends time outdoors with her son- camping, staying active or on the road riding her motorcycle. *Megan is currently filling the role of Interim Executive Director until October 2019.
Gail Fullarton is the Administrative Assistant for WTCI/WNNB. Gail is the first face that visitors meet when entering the office. Gail’s strong attention to detail and helpful personality is what keeps our office running smoothly. If you need anything just ask Gail and she will make it happen! Gail graduated from Stanley High in New Brunswick and has earned herself a certificate in Human Resource Management. Prior to joining the WNNB/WTCI team Gail worked in her home community of St. Mary’s First Nation in numerous managements and assisting positions. Gail keeps up-to-date with her community via Facebook and loves spending time with her family, whom she considers her biggest blessings.
Director of Finance
Sandra Polchies is the Director of Finance at WTCI and WNNB. Sandra is Wolastoqey from the Sitansisk. Sandra was previously employed by Sitansisk from 2001-2017 as their Finance Clerk. Upon being hired with WTCI and WNNB she enrolled with UNB Extended Learning where she gained her Human Resource Management Certificate in 2018.
Katherine Milley is the Indigenous Skills Employment and Training (ISET) Program Coordinator for WTCI. Katherine is Wolastoqey from Welamukotuk. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She has also obtained her Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer Certification from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. Prior to joining WTCI, Katherine worked in Wolastoqey communities helping to deliver education and training programs. Katherine is passionate about strengthening Wolastoqey participation in the labor market and hopes to accomplish this in partnership with the communities through quality training and meaningful work placements. She enjoys trivia games and she is passionate about nature and loves outdoor activities.
Non- Insured Health Benefits Navigator
Jasmine Murchinson-Perley is Wolastoqiyik from Neqotkuk (Tobique) First Nation and a recent graduate of the Nursing Program at UNB. It is Jasmines goal, as the Non- Insured Health Benefits Navigator (NIHB) for New Brunswick and PEI, to educate and advocate for First Nations people and to improve access to Healthcare resources. Jasmine comes to WTCI with experience in harm reduction, suicide prevention, knowledge of poverty linked health determinants and violence and abuse and how these events effect the overall health outcomes of First Nations individuals.
Director of Human Resources
Emergency Management Coordinator
Don is the Emergency Management Coordinator for WTCI, he is Wolastoqey from Pilick. He is a retired member of the RCMP and also a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Both careers have afforded the opportunity to be involved in events that included emergency management and through these experiences he has learned preparedness, prevention and planning will assist our communities in time of need.
Brenda Parks is the Governance Coordinator for WTCI. She is assisting WTCI communities with developing capacity around governance and applying it to their various sectors, such as health and education. She is also researching the development of Indigenous laws rooted in traditional practices, customs, stories, and culture. She graduated from the University of Alberta Law Faculty in 2004 and also holds a BA in Psychology/Sociology. She is passionate about advancing the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights, and has worked with Indigenous individuals, families, and communities in Alberta, BC, and New Brunswick, as a legal representative, and as a Federal and Provincial Government employee. She is particularly interested in researching and advancing the right of self-government and self-determination within Indigenous communities and looks forward to working with our Nations to do so. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family in nature – hiking, camping, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. She has studied permaculture and enjoys implementing these techniques in growing food for her family while nourishing and building the soil in an organic manner.