Sakimay First Nation
I hope this finds you in good health and spirits. My name is Randy Sangwais and I was appointed Chairman of the Painted Hand Community Development Corporation in the late fall of 2021. I bring with me 18 years’ experience as a band councilor from my First Nation of Sakimay.
Having sat on the PHCDC board previously as a board member, I am familiar with the corporation. Another plus is having experienced board members who are open-minded and participate in good solution-minded dialogue. With these assets at my leisure, I hope to continue with our current success as a corporation. I also look forward to working with our staff, community members and community groups.
May the Creator continue to bless you and your families with good health and happiness.
City of Melville
I am Mike Fisher from the City of Melville, Saskatchewan. My life career is a Lawyer, as well as a past Mayor and Councillor for the City of Melville. I am married to my lovely wife Sandra and together we have raised three amazing children who are now adults. Sandra and I also have eight grandchildren.
I am very active in various community organizations. I sat on the Board of Directors for Painted Hand Community Development Corporation since the inception in 2002 and I am now the Vice Chair of the Board. I look forward to serving the communities of PHCDC for years to come.
Cowessess First Nation
My name is Gary J Sparvier, and I am from the Cowessess First Nation. I grew up on Cowessess First Nation until grade 3 and my family moved to Regina where my father was working as a welder. We lived in Regina until 1976 when we moved back to Cowessess so my mother could take care of her father. I have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.
I graduated grade 12 from the Marieval Community Education Center, now the Cowessess Community Education Centre. I attended the University of Regina (Education) and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (Business Administration) in Prince Albert.
My first job was as a page at the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. After several years working in technology, I joined Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) now known as Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). I retired in 2016 after a 25 year career there, then worked with Atco Sustainable Communities as the Indigenous Liaison for Saskatchewan, followed by working with Cowessess First Nation as the Director of Employment and Training. I resigned in order to run for Council for the Cowessess First Nation and was elected in 2019 and am now serving my four-year term.
City of Yorkton
Randy’s many years of work in the community, as well as her involvement with provincial and national organizations, have kept her in close touch with the people of Yorkton and the issues that directly affect them.
She was first elected to Yorkton City Council in 1997 and continues to serve. She has served on all council committees and commissions and has been very active in both the provincial Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), and the national Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) where she has served as Chair of the FCM Standing Committee on Community Safety and Crime Prevention and National Rail Safety Committee. She is currently serving as president of SUMA.
An active community volunteer, she has served on numerous community, provincial and national committees and organizations, including terms as President of both the Canadian and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
Through her work and volunteer activities, she continually promotes Saskatchewan as the best place to visit, live and do business. Ms. Goulden believes in partnerships and empowerment, in growing vibrant, safe and sustainable communities.
Chief Connie Big Eagle
Ocean Man First Nation
Chief Connie Big Eagle is the Chief of Ocean Man First Nation. She has served her Nation in leadership for 20 years, four terms as Chief and two terms on council.
The Assembly of First Nations is a national Indigenous organization where Chief Connie is the Saskatchewan representative on the AFN Women’s Council and is also the Chair of the Assembly of First Nations Women's Council. She is a board member of Tomahawk and Buffalo Potash.
Chief Big Eagle chairs the Yorkton Tribal Council Health Commission and represents her Nation and Tribal Council on the FSIN Gaming Commission as well as other numerous boards and commissions.
Sakimay First Nation
My name is Randall Sparvier and I am from Zagime Anishinabek. I have a had the honour to represent our Nations at the Painted Hand CDC board for the over 10 years, and have been serving my Nation's communities for 16 years. Its been great to be a support to our communities and our Youth in Sports and Cultural activities.
It's been a great honour to be a part of and also see the wonderful reinvestments the Painted Hand Casino has built up not only in our First Nations communities, but also the City of Yorkton, City of Melville and the surrounding towns. With great governance and leadership from the board, it's great team work all the time and always a great environment with the staff.
Cote First Nation
Keeseekoose First Nation
Kahkewistahaw First Nation
Key First Nation
Ocean Man First Nation
My name is Laurie Blackbird, and I am from Cote First Nation. I’ve been employed at PHCDC since 2007. During my time here I have held the position first as the administrative assistant then Acting General Manager.
I have four beautiful children and one amazing grandson.
My main task is to ensure that the application and follow-up report process follows the Gaming Framework Agreement.
What I enjoy the most about my employment here is the diversity. Every day is different, and I continue to encounter firsts. The second thing I enjoy about PHCDC is the interaction with all the different people from various organizations.
I take pride in the fact that we continue to have a clear audit since PHCDC was established in 2001. I look forward to continuing working with the Board of Directors, Senator and staff, for whom I have the utmost respect.
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