The WLC is pleased to welcome Marla Sampson to the team!
Learn more about Marla Sampson and how she will help fulfill the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s mandate. Click play to view the short interview, or read the transcript below.
I come with 30 plus years of administrative experience in various roles. In accounting to office administration, to office management. I’ve done a number of college and university courses where I completed a number of certificates needing to and wanting to complete my business administration at Camosun. Let’s see. Yeah, like I said, at least 30 plus years experience in these types of roles, I come to the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council from the University of Victoria where I was a program assistant/graduate secretary. I spent six years there, enjoyed it very much, looking for a change and working closer to home. And another position that held where I spent 13 years was a health organization in central Vancouver Island and held a management office manager position there, grew with the organization from the beginning. It started off as the secretary receptionist and as the organization grew, grew with it. And yeah, spent 13 years there.
Interviewer: What’s your role at the WLC?
I am the office manager. I will be supporting Bill, the accountant, as well as all of the staff here and all the various projects that they are doing. And I will support the director Gord also. So it will be every type of administrative job I guess, I’m basically the only administrative person here in the office. So I’ll be supporting all of the different projects that are going on while I’m here. The impact I hope to make is supporting all of the project managers and assuring that their daily lives and their work go smoothly. Basically supporting everyone here to ensure that their jobs are that much easier.
Interviewer: What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m from the Stz’uminus First Nation, which is an island just south of Nanaimo in Ladysmith. When I’m not at work I spend the majority of my time with my partner. He’s retired now, so he does a lot of projects. He’s a canoe builder, paddle maker, that sort of thing, and he supports their canoe club. We do a lot of fundraisers, and we host the annual, Geronimo canoe club water festival every year. So that’s quite a chore. And we ended up doing a lot of fundraising leading up to that special weekend.
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