Chief and Council

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Chief Clarence Louie
Chief Executive Officer

Clarence Louie

Chief Louie’s efforts have been widely recognized in Canada and the United States. In 1999, he received the Aboriginal Business Leader Award from All Nations Trust and Development Corporation. In 2000, the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) named Chief Louie the “Economic Developer of the Year”.In the same year, Clarence was chosen to join the Governor General of Canada in the 2000 leadership tour. In 2001, Chief Louie was appointed to the Aboriginal Business Canada Board and most recently was appointed Chairperson of this Board. In 2002, Aboriginal Tourism B.C. awarded Chief Louie the “Inspirational Leadership Award”.

MacLean’s Magazine listed Chief Clarence Louie as one of the “Top 50 Canadians to Watch” in their January 2003 issue.More recognition came in 2003 as the U.S. Department of State selected Clarence as 1 of 6 First Nation representatives to participate in a 2-week tour of successful American Indian tribes.

In April 2004, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation presented Clarence with the award for “Business and Community Development”. The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards represent the highest honor the Aboriginal Community bestows upon its own achievers.In June 2006, Chief Louie was presented with the Order of British Columbia, which is the province’s highest honor for outstanding achievement.

Councillor - Veronica McGinnis

Veronica McGinnis

Veronica McGinnis is the youngest daughter of Irene & Ken Bryson and Henry Alex. Veronica has been with her husband Joseph McGinnis (Similkameen Band) for 29 years, together they have 2 daughters and 3 sons, and 8 beautiful grandchildren. Veronica takes pride in the fact “she is Auntie to many.”

Veronica is employed by the Osoyoos Indian Band as the Social Development Worker, and has been in that capacity for 24 years. As an active member of the Health and Social Service Team, their goal is to stabilize the physical, emotional and mental well being of all community members, with priority on prevention methods.

Veronica was first elected to council in 1985 and has since served 7, two year terms. The previous experience on Council has been an asset, and has challenged her to work with many different personalities and self educate herself on vast examples of current issues.

Veronica is an assertive advocate for transparency and accountability to her membership, and looks forward to serving her community for the next 2 years.


Councillor - Yvonne Weinert

Yvonne Weinert

My name is Yvonne Weinert. I am a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band which is located in the Okanagan Territory in Southern B.C. I’m married and have been with my husband for 26 years and together we have 3 sons, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I have been raised with the cultural teachings from my grandparents.

I’ve studied in the Business and Education fields. I’ve worked with the Osoyoos Indian Band in many capacities, some of which are: Reception/ secretarial, Executive assistant to the COO, Education Coordinator and previously served 3 terms as an OIB Council member. I am now training to be OIB’s Land Lease Coordinator.

I’ve recently been re-elected back to Council for another two year term and look forward to working closely with the administration on behalf of the Osoyoos Band members.


Councillor - Theresa Gabriel

Theresa Gabriel

Theresa Gabriel is the eldest of two daughters of Dave George and Joan Gabriel. She is also the proud mother of three beautiful daughters and guardian to her niece of seventeen years. Theresa has a strong commitment towards youth empowerment and helping her community living a healthy and active lifestyle. One of the ways she is able to do this is through administering the Education Department for the Osoyoos Indian Band, which is her current, full time position. She also volunteers her time facilitating fitness classes for the community members three times a week and has had a great participation rate.

This is Theresa’s first term as a council member and hopes this will give her the opportunity to learn more and actively participate in the economic development of her band. Theresa is very proud of all the things the Osoyoos Indian Band has accomplished and looks forward to being part of communications and development of the future. Theresa is very thankful to her band membership for giving her this opportunity to learn and grow and accepts this responsibility with honor and gratitude.

Councillor - Leona Baptiste

Leona Baptiste

Leona is the Human Resource Director Trainee for the Osoyoos Indian Band and Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp. Leona main responsible are developing, implementing and monitoring a human resource the Osoyoos Indian Band and Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp.

Majority of her time is working very closely with the Director of Human Resources, Osoyoos Indian Band and Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp.

Leona has recent graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Arts –Major in First Nation Studies. After completing her studies she decided to work with the provincial government then moved on to work with the federal government. After experience two forms of government, Leona has decided to work with her own community to share the vision of the Osoyoos Indian Band in growth and success.

Councillor - Sammy Jo Louie

Leona Baptiste

Communications & Special Events Coordinator
Sammy has been working with OIBDC since the beginning of 2007 as an Account Clerk Trainee. She trained at the Nk’Mip Campground & RV Park assisting with Administration where they contracted with Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre as well. Sammy began with OIBDC & OIBHC directly in 2009 as their account clerk and at the end of summer of 2011 she took the position as Communications and Special events Coordinator.

Many of her duties require booking travel/events, organizing tours of OIB for various Aboriginal groups visiting, assisting with marketing, organizing important meetings and taking minutes for OIBDC/Chief and Council meetings.

Sammy is a member of the OIB community and enjoys working so close to home as well as for the OIB/OIBDC team and their staff.