Board of Directors

The stakeholders of the Southern First Nations Network of Care are grateful to our Board of Directors for providing guidance and wisdom to our organization.

Excerpt: Annual Report 2016-17

Message from the Board Chair

Aniin, Tansi, Hau –

The Southern First Nations Network of Care conducts our operations by our core values of Humility, Love, Honesty, Truth, Respect, Courage and Wisdom. It is about integrity, transparency, being ethical, and being accountable not only to our member Agencies but our communities we serve. Our obligation is to govern these communities in the best interests of our children. We recognize this obligation and take it very seriously as our children are a very important part of the Anicinabe existence.

As part of the Southern Network ongoing strategic plan, we the Board of Directors, are in the planning stages of coordinating a governance conference for other agency board members and agency workers that define the roles and relationships among our communities.

We have developed and implemented policies and guidelines that enhance our accountability and further protect the interests of our member Agencies and the children we serve. We believe that good governance is not merely a legal requirement; it is the right thing to do for all the communities we serve.

We value the opinions, comments and suggestions of all organizations and we welcome requests for any information you may require. It is with honour that I serve as the Southern Network Board Chair.

Meegwetch, thank you!

Allan Courchene


Allan Courchene, Board Chair, Southern Network

Allan Courchene
Chair, Board of Directors


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Allan Courchene, Board Chair, Southern Network

Allan Courchene

Board Chair

Allan Courchene is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation. He and his wife have ten grandchildren. Over the last 25 years Allan has worked as a teacher, principal, university professor, policy analyst and coach, and in each of these roles he has been an advocate for youth with personal issues. 

Dave Rundle, Vice Chair, Southern Network

Dave Rundle

Vice Chair

Dave and his family are members of the Ebb & Flow First Nation. He has been married for 47 years to his wife, Delphine, and they have three children and four grandchildren. Before his retirement Dave had worked for First Nations for 45 years in various capacities.

Steve Courchene, Board Member, Southern Network

Steve Courchene


Steve Courchene is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation. He and his wife, Susan, have four children and three grandchildren, one of whom they are raising as her primary guardians. Steve was instrumental in developing the first Aboriginal-owned and operated centre for Aboriginal youth in Canada.

Clairissa Kelly, Secretary, Southern Network

Clairissa Kelly


Clairissa Kelly (Walking Buffalo Woman of the Bear Clan) comes from Peguis First Nation. As a child, Clairissa and her seven siblings spent a brief amount of time in the care of Child and Family Services and she brings that personal perspective to the board. In addition to her personal experiences with the child welfare system, Clairissa is also an emerging First Nations Educator.

Glen Cochrane, Board Member, Southern Network

Glen Cochrane

Board Member

Glen is currently the senior pastor of The Peguis Church and has been in the pastoral ministry for the past 27 years. He works closely with families dealing with issues, who are working towards a healthier life. Glen is married to his wife Verla of 36 years and is the father of 1 child and grandfather of 2 amazing boys. They have altered his view of children in so many positive ways. Glen is a former band councillor, who represented Peguis First Nation for 3 terms. He brings with him extensive knowledge and expertise in politics including areas affecting CFS.

Chief Lance Roulette, Ex-Oficio Board Member

Chief Lance Roulette


Lance Roulette is from the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, Band number 283. He is a graduate from Yellowquill College with a diploma in First Nation Governance. He and his wife, Janice, have three children.

Joni Wilson, Board Member, Southern Network

Joni Wilson

Board Member

Joni Wilson is a member of Peguis First Nation and is a proud mom to a son, daughter and stepdaughter. On her personal time, Joni is an active volunteer, advocate and spokesperson for numerous child-health charities, having a child of her own with complex medical conditions. Joni is currently an employee of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization in the area of Health and joined the Southern Network Board in December 2016. She is honored to contribute to the efforts of the Board, and greatly enjoys having the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the Southern Network staff, agencies and communities. She looks forward to continuing the work ahead with the rest of the team.

Loretta Ross


Loretta Ross is a member of Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba, a lawyer for more than 20 years and a former member of the Manitoba Human Rights Board of Commissioners. She has been the Treasurer and Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee since June 20, 2016.

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