Staff & Organizers
Norman Blain is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) program and has been the AIB Finance Manager since 2012 and is close to completing his professional accounting designation (CGA-CPA). Norman successfully managed the finance end of the start-up of the Ashcroft Travel Centre. He is a committed runner competing in marathons and ultra-marathons around Kamloops and across British Columbia. Norman is a registered AIB member and proud to be working with the AIB community and his family.
Shalyn Pigeon began working part-time with AIB in 2013. She is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University with a double major in psychology and sociology. When she’s not hard at work Shalyn enjoys camping, fishing and hunting in the BC Interior. She grew up in the nearby town of Clinton and is a registered member of AIB.
Jodene Blain moved back to the interior and became the full-time Band Administrator in March, 2016.
She began working with AIB as a part-time legal consultant and program administrator in 2012. She earned her B.A at Thompson Rivers University and her Law degree (LL.B) at UBC in Vancouver. Jodene has worked for a law firm in North Vancouver, owned her own businesses, and worked for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in several different departments from 2008-2015. She is a registered member of AIB and enjoys running, biking and spending time with her husband and two children.
Ashcroft Travel Centre Assistant Manager
Damian has been invaluable member of the team since the opening of Esso and brings a wealth of knowledge that makes him the “go-to-guy” for almost everything. Damian’s likeability, work ethic and friendly demeanour make Damian the ideal assistant Manager and is one of the main reasons the Travel Centre is doing so well.
Damian is also the in-house “tech-expert” and a volunteer fire fighter for the Village of Cache Creek.
Assistant to Band Administrator
Char Pittman began working as the receptionist for the Ashcroft Band Office in 1988. Since then she has taken on many roles and has, in her words, “worked her way up the totem pole”. Char is the Director of Community Health Centre and the Assistant to the Band Administrator.
Char spent part of her childhood in a foster home at Bonaparte Band Upper Hat Creek. She later moved to Falkland to live with her mother and step-father. She completed high school at the Salmon Arm Secondary School.
Her education and training has never stopped.
Char has completed certificate computers and management training courses through Thompson Rivers University.
She’s also received training in the following skill areas critical to health and well-being.
- Food Skills for Families through the Canadian Diabetes Association
- First Nations & Inuit Health Non-Insured Health Benefits Medical Transportation
- First Nations Water Quality Sampler Orientation Course
- First Nations Health Authority safe-TALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone
- The Vancouver Island Crisis Society’s “Crisis Intervention Skills Training
Char is member of the First Nations Health Directors Association.
She is happily married to Dennis Pittman. They have three children, Anastasia, Mackenzie and Malcolm.
Char is a registered member of the AIB.
Her door, as she says, is always open should anyone want to talk.
Band Social Development Worker
Terry Barnett began working with AIB in 2015 handling reception/housing. Her role has expanded and she is now AIB’s Social Development Worker, handling a multitude of tasks with ease. Terri Barnett is a member of the Metis Nation. Originally from Edmonton, Terri lives in the Village of Ashcroft with her husband and dog, Hunter. She is a confirmed Harley-Davidson aficionado and regular rider.
Ashcroft Travel Centre Manager
Jason Blain was part of the team that managed the vendor contracting and construction of the Ashcroft Travel Centre. Jason’s personality and leadership skills were vitally important during the challenging start-up phase. His focus on good service and good team management have helped make the Ashcroft Travel Centre a successful venture. He grew up in Ashcroft and attended Thompson Rivers University. Formerly, Jason worked at the New Gold mining operation. He has been working with the Ashcroft Band since 2014. When he is not working at the Travel Centre, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife and son.
George is a valued member of the AIB family and is known as the “jack of all trades” when it comes to fixing things around the reserve. George has been employed by the Band for several years and has been a huge part in the changes and updates that have taken place on the reserve over the years.
When he is not answering the numerous daily calls for maintenance, George enjoys camping and exploring the mountains on his quad.