Marie Eastman (Acting Chair)
Marie was born in Botwood, NL. She is a member of the Spl'tek First Nations in Grand Falls-Windsor, a past member of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and current Qalipu First Nations member.
Marie has a long and active volunteer history within the Aboriginal community, particularly helping to address issues facing Aboriginal Women. She is the current President of the Exploits Native Women's Association (ENWA) and has served as co- chair, Vice President and a Board member for the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network (NAWN).
Much of Marie's spare time is devoted to Aboriginal cultural activities within her community, and she is often called upon to participate and facilitate at these events. She currently resides in Wooddale where she and her husband of 35 years operate a farming enterprise.
Brian Dicks (Treasurer)
Brian Dicks resides Corner Brook and is serving his first term as Councilor for the Corner Brook Ward. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from St. Mary’s University and later acquired a Certified Financial Planner designation. After working within the private sector for twenty years in a senior management capacity he left to pursue opportunities in consulting and business development.
In addition to representing members on Band Council, he also serves on Standing Committees with the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Commercial Fisheries and Urban Reserve. These Committee’s are responsible for managing and exploring business and partnership opportunities that create employment for Band members and generate own source revenue that the Band can use to be self-sustaining, and to support programs and services for members.
Brian brings an extensive background in business development, finance and senior management, and hopes to employ his experience in these areas to promote economic growth and sound financial management within Qalipu. Additionally, as with many Band members, he shares a thirst for Mi’kmaq culture and the desire to explore our cultural roots.
Brian adds, “I look forward to working with the Cultural Foundation and supporting its mandate to rediscover our heritage and traditions, and to promote a renewed spirit of Mi’kmaq culture within our Band and province.”
Patricia Brockway (Secretary)
Patricia is a cultural teacher and is currently learning the Mi’kmaq language. She is the President of the Benoit’s Cove Native Women's Association, a singer and drummer with the Bay of Islands Drumming group, and a member of the Corner Brook Native Women’s Association. She is also the vice president of NAWN.
Patricia has facilitated numerous Mi’kmaq cultural workshops for various communities and associations within the region. She is a facilitator for the Violence Prevention Initiative, and has facilitated a drug awareness program for schools in the Bay of Islands area.
Patricia's favorite activities include teaching the Mi’kmaq culture, drumming and singing Mi’kmaq songs. She currently resides in Frenchman’s Cove with her husband, Barry, and they have two children.
Brittany Pittman (Youth Representative)
Kevin Barnes was born in Frenchman’s Cove, a small fishing village on the south shore of the Bay of Islands. He has lived in Benoit’s Cove, Humber Arm South for the past thirty years.
Kevin works with Parks Canada in Gros Morne National Park as a Park Interpreter, where he takes visitors on guided hikes throughout the park.
For the last ten years, Kevin has been a member of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians. During this time, he has had the rewarding privilege of teaching children about Aboriginal culture and beliefs. Kevin currently holds the position of Western region Vice Chief for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band
He is married to Sharon White, a retired nurse from Halfway Point, and they have two children.
Marlene Farrell taught primary and elementary school for thirty years in and around the Bay St. George and Codroy Valley areas, and was vice-principal of Our Lady of Mercy School in St. George’s for six years.
Since retiring, Marlene has been busy volunteering with many groups in the St. George’s area. She is the vice -chief of the local St. George’s Indian Band, and assists with Aboriginal Day activities, the yearly elders feast, and activities at the Ktaqmkuk Mi’kmaq Historical Museum.
Marlene is a member and trained facilitator with the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network and a member of the St. George’s Women’s Circle. She volunteers with the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Circle and helps offer the You-Go-Girl program in her community.
Currently, Marlene is enrolled in a Mi’kmaq Language course and hopes to be fluent in both reading and speaking of the Mi’kmaq language upon completion.
Marlene lives in St. George’s with her husband, Allan. They have two children and one grandson.