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Director of Public Works

Ryan Tabobondung is the Director of Public Works for Wasauksing First Nation. He has been employed with Wasauksing First Nation since 2001. He started working at the Wasauksing Swing Bridge at the age of 19 and worked his way up to his present position over the years. As the Director of Public Works, he currently oversees the following for Wasauksing: Housing, Water, Wastewater, Transfer Station, Community Buildings, Capital Projects, Swing Bridge, Roads, Lands and Natural Resources, Membership, Infrastructure, Fire Protection, and 28 staff overall. He attended elementary school on Wasauksing First Nation and graduated high school in Parry Sound. Ryan received a diploma for Economic Development Officer in 2009 from the University of Western and INAC; and he currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations.

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Lands Manager

Daniella Baker is the Lands Manager at Wasauksing First Nation, administering the overall lands operations, natural resources management, and digital database management utilizing ArcGIS Pro/Online and Collector for WFN, under the direction of the Director of Public Works. She is currently undertaking Professional Land Management Certification with the National Aborigial Lands Managers Association, a two year program. Other areas of training include Project Management; Fundamentals of Environmental Consulting; Indigenous Perspective on the Environmental Assessment Process; Technical Writing; ArcGIS Maps – Level 4; other various ArcGIS Pro/Online courses through Esri Canada Training; and UAV Basic Certification.

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Enrolment and Administrative Support

Melissa Baker

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Tax Administrator

Daniss Pitawanakwat

As the Tax Administrator at Wasauksing First Nation, Daniss manages the administration of the Wasauksing First Nation property taxation regime, including preparing annual expenditure and rates laws, processing property tax payments and answering property tax inquiries. She has completed the First Nation Tax Administration certificate program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Although Daniss has an academic background in the health field—with a Health Sciences diploma from Algonquin College and a diploma for Paramedicine from Durham College—she has a strong interest in Indigenous Economics and property valuation. Daniss helps Wasauksing First Nation’s seasonal cottage residents to obtain necessary work/compliance permits, sublease documentation registration in the First Nations Land Registry System, and serves as a main point of contact with the First Nation.

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Community Consultation Coordinator

Michele Ten Eyck

Born and raised in Parry Sound, Ontario, Michele is marten clan and originally a member of Cape Croker First Nation; however, being raised in Parry Sound where her parents reside, it only made sense to transfer to Wasauksing First Nation. She was with Industry Canada of the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, as a Bankruptcy Analyst, working in the insolvency field for 15 years before moving back home in 2013. Since then, she has been working to contribute back to the community through fulfilling multiple roles as the Gaming Revenue Coordinator, Finance Relief, Reception Relief, Zumba Instructor, trainer, and now the Community Consultation Coordinator. Michele also runs her own business ventures: Fitness by the Bay and Bezhig Bead Custom Jewellery.

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Natural Resources Coordinator

Neil Canvin

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Lead Biologist

Samantha Shappas