Band Administration

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The Band Administration team are the behind the scenes staff who work diligently every day to ensure our operations are running smooth

Director of Operations – Sandra Allan-Wagnitz


My title as Executive Liaison (formerly called Band Manager or Executive Director) reflects the new path USIB has taken with communication, working as a team, and bridge building between community members, staff, and Chief & Council. My role acts as liaison between administration and Council and serves in an advisory role to Council on all aspects of the organization’s activities.

I am originally from Burnaby BC, but I have lived in both the USA and Canada throughout my life. My husband of almost 30 years and I moved to Chuchuwayha in May of 2020 and we are both in love with the “non city” life and beautiful land we now call home. I have had the opportunity throughout my career to lead, engage, and support in a diverse range of roles including but not limited to, the health sector, BC’s utility companies (BC Hydro & FortisBC), and BC Housing. My previous experience has provided me with the necessary skills to implement the required Governance that will provide the Upper Similkameen Indian Band with structure and security.

When I’m not working you can find me spending quality time with my two beautiful daughters (Abbie & Saisha), my husband Jason, and our grandson Boone. I thoroughly enjoy and value family and community which is why I am so thankful and gracious for the opportunity to be welcomed onto your lands and learning about your traditions, culture, and history.

Meet our Receptionist, Patricia Schwetje:

I have lived in this beautiful valley my entire life. I lived in the Cawston area as a child before spending my teen years and some of my adult life in Keremeos. After I married, I moved back to Cawston. I grew up farming and spent most of my adult life as a farmer. I love watching things grow from the dirt and how everything comes alive with each season. I have two children David 22 and Nicolina 17 that I have been blessed with and have raised them in this magnificent valley. I moved to Hedley one year ago and have found my peace. I spend my spare time practicing yoga, walks around the town, and submerged in the nature that surrounds it. I have a passion for the life that is in nature, hiking, and being down at the river heals my soul. I started working at the USIB office in January as a part of reception coverage for a leave coverage and have loved every bit of my time here. I am excited to be a part of this community and looking forward to expanding my knowledge about your traditions, culture, and history. I am also looking forward to meeting you all when we can again!