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Staff Members


Arlene Adie - Executive Director
I grew up in Ashcroft, where my parents still reside; I am proud mother to four grown children and grandmother to four.

I have had the honour and privilege of serving the communities of Stswecemc/Xgat'temc, Tsq'escen, Xats'ull, and T'exelc since January 2007. As the Executive Director I report to the Board of Directors and am responsible for the day to day operations of the Society including the recruitment and retention of qualified staff, negotiating agreements and funding arrangements, and overseeing all program and service delivery departments.

Tanya Meldrum- Administrative Assistant
I am the Administrative Assistant here at Knucwentwecw Society. I maintain the up keep and details of our administrative department from happily greeting everyone who walks through our door and over the phone with a smile, to web page updates, faxing/photocopying, filing, preparing meeting or events and also assist my co-workers with projects they may need help with.

We have a great team here at Knucwentwecw Society. We all enjoy a good laugh, we all have the same goal to keep our families together and we each have our own skills to contribute to keeping our highest standards for our society.

Thank you to all of our communities for letting our team assist you and your families when needed.

Suzanna Stobie - Data Entry Clerk

As part of the Administrative team am your Data Entry Clerk at Knucwentwecw Society. I am a community member of the Williams Lake Indian Band. And have been with Knucwentwecw Society since March 2007 and feel it is a privilege to work for our Four Northern Shuswap Bands.

This past year very CS file was updated and FS files were created. This process improved our filing process. I also gather information for reports which are due to INAC on a monthly and quarterly basis.

In summary, we are a hard working team and each has our own roles. I hope your family is well and safe.

Terry Keener - Resource Worker
My name is Terry Keener, I am honoured to work in the traditional territory of the Northern Secwepemc with the Knucwentwecw Society. I was born in Coast Salish territory but have spent most of my life in Secwepemc territory. My late parents are Marvyn and Anne Lloyd from Salmon Arm. I have an older sister and brother. My son, Ryan, and his incredible wife, Sandra ( Musquem), recently blessed us with baby Bryson. My husband is Gordon Keener, his parents are George and Bonnie (Vera) Keener, his siblings are Harry and Janet Keener.
I graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1998 with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, minor in First Nations Studies. After graduation I went to work with the Xatsull/ Cmetem, (Soda Creek Deep Creek) communities, first as a Traditional Use Study (TUS ) Researcher , and later as their Self Government Coordinator. I have been involved with the Northern Secwepemc ever since. I have worked extensively in the mental health field. Prior to working with Knucwentwecw I worked with Stswecemc/Xgattem (Canoe/Dog Creek) in governance.
I am currently enrolled, part-time, at Thompson River University to complete a Social Work Degree.
At Knucwentwecw we work as a team, my position is resource worker. If you are wondering what is meant by resource, in this context, it means foster parents and caregivers they are precious resources to the team, but mostly to the children. So, as the resource worker, I work with the foster parents and care givers. My job includes recruiting, training and retaining foster parents. I visit them every 90 days to see how things are going, I ask lots questions and write contracts and reports. I plan training and activities with foster families and communities.
I feel privileged to work with the Northern Secwepemc and the Knucwentwecw Society. I often say I have the best job in the office. I enjoy our working environment; it's the team that makes it such a great place to be. Watching families learn and grow is rewarding, though it isn't without challenges. Everyday is a new adventure and learn more and more.

Terry Keener
Resource Worker
Knucwentwecw Society

Deanna Ahlstrom  Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk
Accounts Payable: Weekly processing of all approved invoices, cheque requisitions, travel claims, etc. and distribution of payments.

Payroll: processing of bi-weekly payroll. Maintain all personnel records including employee monthly timesheets, maintenance of all leave accruals, and leave summaries for Audit at year end, monthly remittance of mandatory P/R deductions to revenue Canada and Annual T4's and T4 Summary

Health/Pension Administrator: Ensure new employees are signed up for health and dental and Pension benefits in a timely manner and set their deductions up in payroll, assist them where possible or refer them to many nations Representative Denis Aubrey. Ensure termination of benefits for employees who leave Knucentwecw Society Employ.

Assist Auditors and Finance Supervisor with general A/P and P/R questions and research, etc.

Crystal McDermott Team Leader
My name is Crystal McDermott and I am a Social Worker at Knucwentwecw Society. I am proud of my last name that I carry which comes from Ireland and my first name which comes from the Chilcotin. My father is Plains Cree and Irish from Northern Alberta, and my Mother is Chilcotin and Scottish from Chezacut, B.C. I believe the Creator gave us the gift of children to teach us. My three children have taught me the importance of laughter, appreciation, and balance.

My role as a Social Worker is to protect children and support families through service and referrals. It is my honor to be working with the Secwepemc communities. I believe children, individuals, families, communities, and the Secwepecmc Culture have their own strengths. As a Social Worker it is my role to build on those strengths and to help our families succeed in their goals.

All my relations
Kihtwam ka-wapmitnan Kukwstsetsemc



Our current Board of Directors are:

Williams Lake

Lynne Gilbert

Virginia Gilbert


Canoe Creek
Elizabeth Bill

Kellie Louie (President)


Soda Creek
Elaine Sellars (Vice-President) 


Canim Lake

Delores Theodore

Lenore Christopher

Hours of Operation

We are open

Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
closed between 12 and 1 for lunch

Telephone: 1 (250) 392-2995

Child Protection
& After Hours

If you have a child protection question
or concern