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, Elena Snow

I have lived in Hedley on-and-off for the last 25 years which I am grateful for. I grew up in the fast-paced lifestyle of large Ontario cities and as such, to say I am overjoyed to settle in the leisurely atmosphere of the Similkameen Valley is an understatement. I look forward to engaging with the USIB community with both respect and great esteem for the culture of the Upper Similkameen People.