The WLC is pleased to welcome Pekwatenaat (Fawn Jack) to the team!

Learn more about Pekwatenaat and how she will help fulfill the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s mandate. Click play to view the short interview, or read the transcript below.

Pekwatenaat: My name is Pekwatenaat,  is my traditional name. Fawn is my given name. I grew up in Tseycum and in Tsartlip. I have roots as far as Cowichan,  all the way down to W̱SÁNEĆ. I feel that my interim office manager position is just a great opportunity to show my children that when you apply yourself to do great things, they happen.  I will be helping manage general office needs that need to be met with the staff and the paperwork. 

Interviewer: What kind of impact would you like to have in your role?

Pekwatenaat: Hopefully, I can have a good impact. Hopefully, I can bring a lot of good feelings and encouragement. You know, I know that our leaders get tired and yeah, hopefully, my energy can help their energy and encourage them. You know, that the jobs that they’re doing are important and that, you know, what they’re doing is so much bigger than when it feels like they’re taking right now.

Interviewer: What would you like to see as a result of the work the WLC is doing?

Pekwatenaat: For people to have a better understanding of working together and having a sense of accomplishment as a whole nation and not just individual nations. 

Interviewer: What do you do when you’re not working?

Pekwatenaat: When I’m not working, I’m working on boats. Well, my brother’s boat, I should say. I help work on my brother’s boat. He has a goal of being able to bring his boat out on the water and get some fishing done and spend time with his family. And when I’m not helping on the boat and helping in their yard, just with anything really. One of my goals is to make it out on the water to be able to help provide for my children and my family. And I do yoga. I do a lot of, I spent a lot of time, um, with myself and focusing on what I can change or what I can make better so that I can help my children grow into the people that they want to be when they grow. 

Interviewer: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your role?

Pekwatenaat: Just, meeting the day-to-day needs at WLC. I will be getting the vaccination. So if you know, community members would like to come in or if they have questions or comments, things that they want to share I’m here. And if it’s, you know, even if it’s not something that’s meant for me, I can be sure to help get it to the right people. I don’t know what else more I can say about myself.

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