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Barbara  Ward-Burkitt

Barb is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Prince George Native Friendship Centre. She’s been involved with the Friendship Centre movement for 45 years, and also has significant experience as child care worker with Aboriginal students and special needs students in the Quesnel School District.

Barb is very active in her community, co-chairing the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women (MACAW) and serving as President of Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association. She completed her Masters of Education Degree from Simon Fraser University in 2001 , holds a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from the Vancouver Community College, and a Native Adult Instructor’s Diploma from the B.C. Ministry of Education, Skills and Training.

Barb was invested into the Order of British Columbia in 2010, and along with her husband has been proudly raising her five grandchildren for the past 13 years.