nłeʔkepmxcín Team Lead, Citxw Nlaka'pamux Assembly
Madelynn is from Cook’s Ferry Indian Band. Her mother is Annette Albert, and father was Joe Thomas. Her grandmother is Cookie Jules and her grandfather is Ross Albert. Madelynn’s partner’s name is Vince McDonald and her children are Aiyanna, Matoska, and Nahpeyo. Madelynn is a Secwépemc/ Nłeʔképmx woman, born in the secwépemcùĺecw. She spent her younger years living and traveling in the secwépemc territory, where she was blessed to learn to harvest from the land, travel to traditional gatherings and play stick games (lahal). In 2004, Madelynn was able to move into the nłeʔkepmx territory and graduate from Ashcroft Secondary. She has since graduated from NVIT and has been happily living in the Nicola Valley since 2018. Madelynn is proud to be living and working within her community, as this has always been a goal of hers.
She started with Citxw Nlak’pamux Assembly in June of 2020 and throughout her time she has learned effective capacity strengthening strategies that are built from community-based approaches that honor the knowledge and expertise within our communities. Madelynn has been developing administrative skills over the past few years, demonstrated by supporting various levels of management over a diversity of settings, constructive communication, complex problem-solving, and information management. Madelynn believes these give her the building blocks to make a meaningful impact, working towards language revitalization and building nłeʔkepmx identity. Her goal within the nłeʔkepmxcin Department is to contribute to our communities, to share our ancestor’s knowledge and important teachings, and to build resources to be available for our children and their future generations.