The Executive consists of the President and Chief and Vice-Chief. The role of the Executive is to act as a liaison between Government and the Membership. The Executive also manages the operations and administration for the Council on a daily basis. The Assembly and Board of Directors establish policy and direction for the Executive. The Executive Officers also administer the Council’s programs and/or encourage new programs that will benefit the membership at large.

The Executives’ Profiles

Wendy Wetteland

Chief & President

Wendy is a proud Mi’kmaq mother of two boys. She grew up in both the Dalhousie and Fredericton areas. Like many of you, she was an off-reserve Aboriginal youth and now has status but is frustrated that this has not meant inclusion or recognition of rights through status.

Wendy is a long standing member of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council. She became actively involved at the youth level, by being elected as the Provincial Youth Director and from there assumed other roles such as acting Vice Chief and Director at Large. Wendy was previously employed as an Employment Councillor with the ARDS program at NBAPC, now known as ASETS. Wendy was also involved in forestry and research at the Council, but most recently held the position of Policy Officer prior to her new title as Chief & President.

Wendy believes that we all have an active role to play when it comes to improving lives of Aboriginal people and so she focused her involvement in areas that could help to improve the lives of Aboriginal people residing off reserve. Over the years she has served many groups and organizations whose mandates are directed at helping to improve lives such as National Aboriginal Diabetes Association, Habitat for Humanity, Under One Sky Aboriginal Head Start, Duke of Edinburgh and more.

She has over 20 years’ experience working and volunteering with the off-reserve Aboriginal People as well as working for our rights. The Council and her community Local continues to be her family and always will be as she continue to be fair, honest and a dedicated member believing in what our organization stands for. Wendy believes in honesty, fairness and transparency and that one must have to provide accountability for their actions.

Amanda LeBlanc

Vice Chief

Amanda LeBlanc (Ring), currently lives in Welsford with her husband Mike, and belongs to the Mazerolle Settlement local. She has just recently graduated with her diploma in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing. Before going back to school, she worked at a non-profit for five years in various roles from fundraising to program creation and management.

She has been involved with the council since a young child, but most recently as the Provincial Youth Director for a few years before running for Vice-Chief in 2013. She enjoys helping people, especially youth, and thrives to help people be their best. She is also a CPR instructor and volunteers for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick regularly.