Dion is the founding CEO of 2Badgers Consulting Inc. He is a successful small business entrepreneur and served as a member of the RCMP (First Nations Community Liaison) for 22 years where he spent the majority of his career implementing proactive community initiatives in First Nations communities. He retired in 2011 and decided to use his years of experience to pursue another dream of becoming a small business owner, resulting in the creation of, 2Badgers Consulting Inc., an Aboriginal Consulting Company, proudly First Nations owned and operated.
Born and raised in the Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nations territory in Salmon Arm, BC, Dion spent much of his childhood with his grandmother who taught him the traditional ways of his elders and his people. Inspired also by his mother who retired after a 35 year nursing career, Dion speaks with a wealth of knowledge behind him. Growing up amongst strong female influences pushed him to defy the inevitable stereotypes proliferated within First Nations communities.
Throughout his teen years he was involved with many Aboriginal Youth programs and spent time in the Forest and Pipeline Industry prior to being called to the Federal Government as an Aboriginal Liaison. Dion spent the majority of his career providing a proactive service to many First Nations communities and was responsible for implementing a multitude of health and safety initiatives in collaboration with the bands. It is with this experience and great sense of gratitude to his own family and community that he now spends his time advocating for the betterment of First Nations communities throughout Western Canada so that more Aboriginal youth have the opportunity and capacity to realize their dreams.
The 2Badgers team’s passion lies in facilitating partnerships between Industry and First Nations communities with a unique focus on Community Engagement strategies and offering strategic advice and guidance on capacity building initiatives. We not only assist Industry with engaging Aboriginal communities in a respectful manner, we also assist many communities with their socio-economic goals.
November 2013, Dion was called upon to assist Sherritt International with First Nations engagement strategies after the Obed mine spill in Hinton, Alberta. In recognition of the open, thorough and proactive manner in which the team engaged stakeholders, Sherritt was awarded a Silver Award of Excellence in the category of Canadian Issues/Crisis Management Campaign of the year (2014) from the Canadian Public Relations Society.
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Wayne is an experienced leader in negotiations, relationship building and managing complex emergency scenes. He is known for his ability to work collaboratively with politicians, First Nations Bands, unions, managers, human resources personnel, and various levels of government.
Wayne started his 35-year career in fire service in 1979 with the City of Surrey as a volunteer firefighter. He became a career firefighter in 1982 and worked his way up the ranks to Captain of Training. In 1996, he was hired as Fire Chief for West Kelowna.
Since 1992, Wayne has worked with First Nations Emergency Services, delivering fire training, Fire Chief workshops and recently, Governance workshops providing information to Councils and Administrators on the importance of supporting fire prevention initiatives and the responsibility of supporting their Fire Chiefs and departments.
Wayne has received Provincial and Federal exemplary service awards for 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of Fire service. He also received Citizen of the Year in 2009 for his work on the West Kelowna complex fires. In 2014, Wayne was nominated by the Canadian Fire Chiefs Association to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
With his Metis background, Wayne will continue to work towards improving the quality of emergency services and safety for First Nation communities.
My duties have consisted of developing, and implementing curriculum, administration, management and presentation of the training facilities for adult clients as a contract consultant and facilitator, to West Bank First Nations, teaching Trade Math and Oil/gas and mining opportunities, as well as Life skills. I have personally developed 14 Trade training workshops for GTHS, a major contract service provider for the Canadian Ministry of Housing and Education, eight of which I have been asked to present to their clients in areas of the trades, particularly in the oil/gas and mining fields.
Other duties have consisted as a T.R.A.D.E.S. counselor working one on one with clients advising them either how to get into the trades or where they may best be suited according to their needs, personal values and work background. I later was asked to become their facilitator and develop a 3 week career development course for classes of ten clients.
Currently I instruct as a Trades consultant for Kelowna Work BC (who is the current Federal service provider for Social Services) and Penticton YMCA teaching and facilitating their clients with the Four Day Northern Trades program I developed specifically to meet their client’s needs.
These positions required access to secure Government client files and writing reports for case managers with recommendations.
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