The Society is governed by a Board of Directors representative of broad skill sets, inclusive of First Nations and regions from Hope to Barkerville.
On this balanced board, half of the Directors are First Nations representatives. There is also one designated Multicultural Director and two co-chairs, one of whom is First Nations.
C. ChapmanFirst Nations Co-Chair & Representing Tourism Associations
A highly motivated Northern Secwepemc from Xat’sūll/Cm’etemc, Cheryl Chapman has been on the NPTGS Board since 2008 and has also served as Secretary. She brings over 25 years of experience working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, First Nation communities, businesses and all levels of government. She’s also a traditional dancer, drummer, singer, and artist.
T. RaymondCanyon, Co-Chair
With a wealth of local government experience, Terry Raymond is Electoral Area A (Boston Bar–North Bend–Canyon Alpine) Director on the Fraser Valley Regional District Board and has also served as FVRD Board Chair and vice chair. He’s CAO of the Siska Traditions Society and Lands and Resources Manager of the Boston Bar First Nation. A long-time heritage advocate, he’s a life member of the Yale Historical Society and the Lytton Museum Society.
Mike Retasket Director Representing Tourism Associations
Mike Retasket joined the NPTGS Board as Director Representing Tourism Associations in October 2017. A champion for traditional knowledge and cultural-heritage values, he’s a storyteller, dancer, drummer and singer who served for 10 years as Chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band. Mike is also an experienced negotiator and a founding member of B.C. First Nations Leadership Council.
B. RutherfordSouth Cariboo, Secretary
A Cariboo resident for nearly half a century, Brent Rutherford spent over 35 years in public education. He also has extensive experience in regional government and is an active member of South Cariboo Emergency Social Services group. In addition to being an active member of the NPTGS Board as Secretary, he is also a member of the Lac La Hache Volunteer Fire Department.
R. ChristopherSouth Cariboo, First Nations
Roy Christopher has extensive experience as a business professional, administrator and leader. He has served the Canim Lake Band, the Cariboo Tribal Council and other First Nations organizations. He’s been Chief, Secretary-Treasurer and Band Manager of the Canim Lake Band and been on the NPTG Board of Directors since 2012.
James HobartCanyon, First Nations
James Hobart became the First Nations Director representing the Canyon Region in October 2017. James served two terms as the Chief Councillor for the Spuzzum First Nation and was also their CEO. He’s chaired the Aboriginal Children and Family Chief’s Coalition and held leadership positions with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. He’s also an inventor.
R. PaullNorth Cariboo
Long-time NPTGS Director Ron Paull is no stranger to Quesnel City Hall, having held posts like City Clerk and is now in his fourth term as a councillor. He’s also been on many tourism and marketing organization’s boards, including the Expo 86 World’s Fair Tourism Advisory Board. His impressive list of community achievements and public service is extensive and he’s the producer of Barkerville’s Visitor Guide.
Lily Chow is an author, educator and historian. NPTG’s designated Multiculturalism Director, her community service has been recognized by many awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and 50th Jubilee Anniversary Medal. Born in Malaysia, she’s lived in Canada since the 1960s. Her first book, Sojourners in the North, won the Jeanne Clark Local History Award.
Ashcroft, First Nations