Bio of Arlene C. Johnston, CAFM

For 35 years, Arlene Johnston has worked in various accounting and financial positions for different entities such as: The Ministry of Highways; Emcon Services Inc.; road maintenance contractor; The Upper Nicola Indian Band, including her current position as Administrator with the Coldwater Indian Band.

Reporting to the Chief and Council, Arlene Johnston ensures the overall management and supervision of all administrative departments as well as ensures the preservation, enhancement and maintenance of the assets of the Coldwater Band. She ensures accurate and timely financial information and financial management and provides administrative and management advisory services as may be required to affiliates of the Band.

She is responsible to plan, design and implement the development of administration of all Band Services, Programs and Projects. This includes human resource management, public and member relations, financial affairs, strategic and program planning, capital projects, facility and property services, Indian registry, housing, social and health services, employment services, education, economic development and self-government.

Ms. Johnson has earned an impressive number of certificates and diplomas, including a diploma in Business Management from the College of New Caledonia. She received a diploma in Business Administration and a certificate in Aboriginal Community Economic Development from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. She is a qualified trainer from the Xyntax Accounting program that was developed for First Nations. She is also a community volunteer for the Income Tax Program through the Canada Revenue Agency completing up to 130 tax returns per year. She was granted the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation by the AFOA Canada on December 31, 2000.


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