Cheryl BelangerCheryl Belanger

Cheryl is our Nations Finance Officer and has been in this position since 2013.  Responsible for managing the overall financial systems at Beecher Bay First Nation under the direction of the Band Administrator and Chief and Council, her duties include, but are not limited to: accounts payable / receivable; payroll; account reconciliations; government remittances; and reporting to various funders and Beecher Bay leadership.  Prior to joining BBFN, Cheryl's experience included working for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, the Hong Kong Bank of Canada, the Capital Regional District, the City of Nanaimo, the Regional District of Nanaimo, and a private medical facility.  

Cheryl's background includes: finance / bookkeeping, human resources management, office management, policy and procedure development, program coordination, proposal writing, scheduling, and customized database / office management software program design and development.  Cheryl holds the Real Estate pre-licensing certification and a Mortgage Brokerage diploma, Office certification and Bookkeeping courses through Camosun College and has studied Urban Land Economics at UBC. 

Children, Elders and animals are so important to Cheryl and therefore she enjoys volunteering with the Help Fill a Dream Foundation, the SPCA / Wild ARC, the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, her children's school and previously, hospital therapy dog visits with Veterans, fundraising and donation collection for various not-for-profit groups and teaching ice skating to children.  

"The people of the Beecher Bay First Nation are truly special and I am honored to be associated with you all through my work within the Nation.  From the beginning, I have been made to feel very welcomed and valued from our community members, my colleagues and the Chief and Council.  Even my dog Checkers, who has come to work with me many times, has enjoyed various people stopping by for a quick scratch and a treat;  this kind and gentle nature has helped him to overcome some of his anxieties around people.  The connection between our people, nature and the territories of Beecher Bay is a unique and co-dependant relationship.  Protecting that relationship by ensuring the balance between development and preservation will be synonymous with our continued growth, and the long-term health and welfare of the Nation and our people.  Understanding this, I will continue to work, with the support from the Beecher Bay leadership and membership, on improving the financial operations and systems within my department for the betterment of the Nation."