Lisa Wolfe and AFOA BC

Bringing together people and ideas in an environment where people want to improve and be innovative. That’s exciting and doesn’t get old for me.

July 18, 2018

My name is Lisa Wolfe. I graduated from SFU with a BA in Communications and a minor in Publishing in 1996. I am currently working with First Nations communities in BC as the Manager of Training at AFOA BC to further advance financial management and governance knowledge. To get in touch with me, contact via:

What did your career path look like after graduation?

The career path that eventually led me to this position started in Picasso Café, a small non profit that ran a cooking school for youth at risk; I started working as an administrator there. The passion of my peers was contagious and the food was delightful. The leadership from the executive director and the board was inspiring and set the bar high for me in terms of wanting to work with passionate, ethical and fun people.

After Picasso Café, I got a taste of event management and writing content on technical careers while at Future Works. I later had my own writing business for a while and then took a job with some travelling. One of my best job ever was working as a co-op coordinator at UBC – seeing students succeed and helping them discover how the world of work actually works; some funny conversations that can’t be repeated. The last few years have been more and more training and development work mixed in with operations and financial management.

Tell us more about AFOA BC.

AFOA BC is the local chapter of AFOA organization. It originally started in BC in 1996 and gradually expanded to other provinces in Canada. Our mission is to work with First Nations communities in their pursuit of a vision of social, economic, and cultural prosperity.  For over 20 years, we have supported First Nations people in BC to build capacity in the areas of financial management, band administration, governance and human resources.

How did you start working at AFOA and what are your main responsibilities?

In 2014 I was fortunate to get recommended to a role with AFOA BC. At this point, I had about 10 years of experience doing work as a training development specialist. I started out coordinating workshops and conferences and the role has expanded into proposal writing, work plans and budgets and project management.

I get to have some amazing conversations with band managers and finance managers who are facing a multitude of challenges. And then recommending what training resources we have that can address and help them overcome their challenges. It has been a real education for me to understand the complex reasons as to why many First nations communities are struggling financially. And be confident that the tools and resources we are offering are the best practices for governing their nations and moving these nations from poverty to prosperity.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

Looking back over the various roles I had, couple of key things keep popping up. Bringing together people and ideas in an environment where people want to improve and be innovative. That’s exciting and doesn’t get old for me. I’m always on the look for new speakers and ideas and being able to connect them to our members is something that I continue to love.

Quotes that inspire you?  

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

The ‘Amazing’ can only be created by facing fear, risk and failure during the process. Joel Brown