Current Elected Leadership includes: Chief Russell Myers Ross, and Councillors Gabe Pukacz, Rosalie Montgomery, Earl Quilt and Ralph Myers.
Russell Myers Ross
Russell was born in Williams Lake to the late Madeline (Meline) Myers and David Ross. His maternal grandparents are the late Helena and Donald Myers. completed a Bachelor Degree at the University of Victoria (UVic) with a major in Sociology and minor in Philosophy. He then returned to UVic to begin a Masters in Indigenous Governance, which he completed in 2010. Russell became a candidate for Chief with the family’s blessing and paying heed to former Chief, the late Ivor Myers, who asked persistently to take the role. Starting his tenure in 2012, Russell is in his second term as Chief since being re-elected in 2016.
Council Member and Education Coordinator
Rosalie was born in Williams Lake and raised by late Johnny and Marie Montgomery in Stone, moving to various meadows by the season: Fletcher Lake, New Meadow, Hutch Meadow, Long Jim Meadow. Having been raised by traditional parents, Rosalie has a strong ability to utilize the Tsilhqot’in language, understand and live the culture. Rosalie has served as a council member for Yunesit’in Government since 2012. She originally ran for the position due to numerous requests, year-by-year, from community members. Rosalie’s experience with Yunesit’in Government began since working as a Receptionist in 1990, moving to an Office Assistant, Bookkeeper, and now, Education Coordinator. Rosalie currently holds the Health and Social Development Portfolios. So far, Rosalie is committed to working with the community and is always open to learning. Outside the office, Rosalie spends much of her time with her family, including her responsibilities with livestock. However, she enjoys participating in lehal and meeting new people.
While born in Williams Lake, Janet grew up in Anaham (Tletinqox) and also spent 12 years at St. Joseph Mission. The best memories of being raised in the Tsilhqot’in was the summer holidays, camping to hay the fields and traveling by horseback. Previous to working with Yunesit’in Government, Janet worked at the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) for 11 years as the Bookkeeper and as the Indian Registrar. Since then, she also worked with Stone Health, Esdilagh, and Denisiqi. Working six years as the Financial Officer, Janet enjoys how busy the job is as it never slows down. Janet’s main interest outside the office includes traveling the Rodeo circuit during the summer. Beyond this, she keeps herself busy gardening and contributing with the Family Ranch.
Rhoda was born in Williams Lake to her parents, Tony and Celina Petal. Being raised in Tl’etinqox, Rhoda had a fondness with ranching and Tsilhqot’in culture. Rhoda has worked with the Yunesit’in Government for 7 years, having worked with the Tl’etinqox First Nation Government for 5 years. Her strengths have also come from gaining a certificate in Business Office Assistance from Thompson Rivers University (TRU). As an Executive Assistant, Rhoda reports to the Yunesit’in Government Band Manager, and Yunesit’in Council, responsible for general office duties, including: assisting clients and agency representatives, answering phones, screening calls, ensuring the telephone directory is up-to- date, receiving incoming faxes, taking minutes during council, general band and occasionally committee meetings, coordinate travel, maintaining the filing system, assisting with A/P entries, and assisting with Registry for Status Cards when needed. Rhoda enjoys the environment of working with friendly people, staying busy, and picking up the cultural values from the people. Outside the office, Rhoda is an avid traveler, following the Rodeo circuit, and Ranching at home with her family.
Forestry Manager, Yunesit’in Development Enterprise (YDE)
Ryan was born in Maple Ridge and grew up in Nelson. Ryan holds a Forestry diploma from Selkirk College and a Degree in Forestry from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). He has worked previously with Tolko for 6 years, and has contracted on the side. Since working at Yunesit’in Government for 7 years, Ryan’s role has transitioned from dealing with forestry referrals to managing positions and contracts with YDE. The job itself brings new opportunities and challenges, though he splits his time taking care of his family at home and spending time outdoors adventuring while not in the office or field.
Dawnalyn was born and raised in Williams Lake, in 2001 she moved away for a period of time to study various natural health disciplines, such as Massage Therapy, Meditative Birth, Infant Massage, Yoga, and Reiki. All of these experiences led Dawnalyn towards pursuing a career in Nursing while living on Vancouver Island. After graduation, Dawnalyn worked in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island before deciding that she would like to return to my own area again. Dawalyn views this opportunity as an absolute honor to be working with both Tl’esqox and Yunesit’in Communities as a Home Care Nurse offering care and support to Elders and those managing chronic illness. She is in community every Monday and Tuesday of each week.
Tara Myers was raised in Yunesit’in and just recently moved back here and views it as an honour to be working in our community. As of 2018, Tara is now one of the new home support workers. Tara is excited to be in the community, utilizing her skills and knowledge, and having an opportunity to work and learn from Elders. Her duties involve supporting people with acute and chronic illnesses. Tara appreciates being home to serve her community and be close to the culture, which she wants to carry on to the next generation.