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The MIKI'SIW Métis Association is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, with various terms as can be found in the By-laws of the Society. The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting which is held in the fall of each year.  

By-laws of the Association  can be accessed below.  Should any member of the organization wish to attend a board meeting please contact the office at 250-871-7353 or email

2023-24 Board of Directors


Tom Adams - President 

I am currently the President of the MIKI’SIW Métis Association. I have been involved in the Association at different levels since 2009. I was born in Campbell River and left for a while but returned in 1995. I served in the Navy for 25 years.  My Métis heritage is Cree/Métis from Manitoba. My Great Grandfather lived in the Red River Settlement. My goals for serving on the Board of Directors is to be a integral part of a thriving Métis Community, which as a Board we work towards every day. 

Chrys Sample - Vice President


I was elected to the Board as Secretary in December 2020, As of October 2022 I have moved into the Vice-President Position.  I moved to Comox in 2016, from the Sunshine Coast. I worked at the hospital for 34 years, as a Food Service Supervisor, in the Finance department and in the Staffing office. I grew up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and my Métis roots go back to the Red River Settlement. I'm happy to be part of this Board and my hope is to help with programs that will benefit our Métis Community.


Terri Hatch  - Secretary

I am excited to serve my MIKI’SIW Metis family as the secretary to the board. I was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. My Metis roots are through my paternal grandfather, whose family took scrip in Egg Lake, Alberta, and are descendants of Cuthbert Grant. I am married with 5 children. In August of 2020, my husband and I had the great luck of selling our Alberta business and purchasing a home in the Comox Valley. I now spend my time gardening, hiking, reading and enjoying my family. I have previously served on several non-profit boards in Alberta, and
am honored to now use that experience for the benefit of our nation.

Brad Dillen - Treasurer

I have been a MNBC and MIKI’SIW member since 2018. I am an Islander since birth living in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Victoria and now live in the Comox Valley with my wife Jen and our pets since 2002 and we are avid skiers, cooks and gardeners.

I have a BSc in Earth Science from UVIC and 27yrs in project management in Forestry, Survey Mapping and Mining with the last 12 years as Capital Projects Finance Controller.

My Métis heritage is through my Paternal Grandmother with family name of Plante that were French and Cree eventually homesteading in Athabasca and were even distant cousins with Louis Riel! My non-Métis Maternal Grandmother was a librarian, author and avid genealogist who found my Métis heritage much more fascinating than her own and travelled to do research and study church records and archives. Our Métis family tree pedigree charts are almost 20 pages going back to the 1620s and she left me dozens of boxes of charts, records, maps and correspondence. I would like to see our local Métis Community continue to develop and thrive with opportunity to learn and enjoy our culture with and from those who would share their knowledge and experience. My contribution to that vision is to provide time, effort and enthusiasm to build an association that can support our members and deliver those opportunities.


Nick Brady - Director

Chair of the Governance Committee

I work for the Canadian Coast Guard as an Electronics Systems Technologies.  I am a Transport Canada delegated Ships Radio Inspector and bring knowledge of interpreting various pieces of linked legislation. I also have experience with other non-profits. I have been a MIKI'SIW member since spring of 2020. I only recently learned of my of Métis heritage, after the death of my grandmother. I've managed to trace my genealogy back to Oak Lake, and Fisher North Dakota, and currently have my Citizenship Application into MNBC. Everyday I learn more about my heritage and enjoy sharing it with my young children. I hope to be able to assist in any matters of governance planning, as well as learning as much as I can from our elders and ensuring that knowledge is passed onto future generations.


Carole O'Brennan - Director

I am very pleased to serve as a Director for the MIK'SIW Metis Association. As a new Board member, it is my intention to listen, learn, and help out with what I can. My Metis roots are from my maternal side , with my Carriere family residing in the Red River Settlement, Ruperts Land , B.N.A., since the late 1700's.  I have much to learn from our elders, and look forward to the task.

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Candace Thorne - Director

Community service is important to Candace and she is honored to be a returning board member of the MIKI’SIW Métis Association. Originally from Alberta, Candace has lived in every Western province and currently calls Comox home. She is an avid hiker and enjoys all things outdoors with her family. She combines her passion for photography with the love of being on the land. Candace’s heritage is Red River Métis and she is an active advocate for the Métis community. In 2013, Candace was awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for her work on behalf of military families.


Professionally, Candace is a project management professional with over 20 years of industry experience. As a Senior Project Manager, Candace has managed and executed a myriad of complex transformational program, policy and IT projects for the public sector. She has led the successful completion of projects from initiation to implementation, including strategic plans, business analysis, policy development and stakeholder engagement activities. Candace plans on utilizing these skills for the benefit of the board and Métis community.


Myrna Logan - Director

Women's Representative and MIKI'SIW Program Coordinator

I an honored to serve my Community by being the Women's Representative and part time staff for the Association.  I moved to the Comox Valley in 2019 and have been a member of the Association since I arrived. I was a President of my former Métis community, so I have a good understanding of the challenges and operations of the Chartered communities of the Métis Nation of BC. My Métis heritage was not something that was highlighted during my childhood as my Métis father passed away when I was only 6 months old. I was able to enjoy and learn about the Métis ways through my aunts and uncles, who used to play music along with my dad at dances in the Egg Lake area in Alberta. They all played, my dad played the banjo and the fiddle. I am a descendant of Cuthbert Grant.  I hope to assist our organization in educating the public about who the Métis people are and give the Métis people of the Comox Valley more opportunities to experience cultural activities through events.


Our Respected Elders - Jo Loukes and Bryce Mercredi 

These Elders attend our Board Meetings and help to guide the Board of Directors

as they serve the Members and the Community. 


Jo Loukes


Bryce Mercredi

Founding Member

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