Leadership in Aboriginal Finance and Management Recognized at 7th Annual AFOA National Conference

    OTTAWA, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Aboriginal Financial Officers
Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2007 recipients of the
AFOA/Xerox Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership awards presented at AFOA's 7th
Annual National Conference in Vancouver, BC.
    The recipients for the 4th year of this award are Chief Clarence Louie of
Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia and Karen Bruno, Finance Administrator
at Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba.
    Ms. Bruno received the community/regional award for her 22 years of
dedication, professionalism, volunteerism and work ethic as finance manager
for Portage La Prairie Friendship Centre including her past several years
supporting her community. According Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches, "Karen's
recommendations are taken seriously by council, she's always more-than
prepared for the audit and we're fortunate to have her in this role."
    The national award is presented to Chief Louie who is also Chief
Executive Officer for the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation. Chief
Louie has served his community for 20 years and has earned a reputation has a
no-nonsense community leader and CEO. Under his leadership the OIBDC has
transformed the community through several successful ventures. "Chief Louie is
results-driven," explains Brian Titus, Chief Financial Officer "and he views
accounting systems and financial management as the back bone of a strong and
sustainable organization."
    AFOA President and Chief Operating Officer, Ernie Daniels says, "This
award demonstrates and recognizes the quality and calibre of a new generation
of leaders in Aboriginal finance and management. It keeps getting better every
    Xerox Canada and AFOA have partnered on the award for the past four years
in order to raise awareness and to recognize the often "over-looked" side of a
very vibrant, dedicated and emerging professional community.
    The Excellence in Leadership Award was created in 2004. It is designed to
recognize and celebrate Aboriginal achievement in financial management.
Winners have supported a vision for excellence and innovation in finance and
management, and demonstrated advanced expertise, outstanding professionalism
and leadership. Their contributions have led to the betterment of Canadian
Aboriginal communities and people.

    The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada was founded as a
non-profit organization in 1999 to help Aboriginal peoples better manage and
govern their organizations and communities. It is an Aboriginally controlled
organization, membership based and led by an Aboriginal Board of Directors.
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For further information:

For further information: Contact: AFOA - Suzanne Seebach, (613)
722-5543, ext. 114, sseebach@afoa.ca, Xerox Canada - National Aboriginal
Program; Tom Maracle, (613) 783-5913, tom.maracle@xerox.ca

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