October 2, 2022 – Please join the Board of Directors and employees in extending best wishes to Alice Louie, Carol-ann Nickel and Arthur Paul who have retired after many years of service to the Association. They brought a lifetime of professional skills and talents that helped elevate the profile of our Association. Our Association has grown and become stronger thanks to their commitment to our mission, vision and values.

Alice Louie

Alice joined the Association in 1981 making her our longest serving employee. After 40 years of service, she had decided to retire from her position as Director of Finance. The Board of Directors and all employees want to thank her for her many years of service to the Association. 

Through years of growth in programs and revenues, Alice has kept the Association steady and moving forward. Alice began her career as a Financial Aid and Comptroller then advanced to the Director of Finance. She is an ideal professional, and generous with her time spent in the performance of her job. 

We will certainly miss her amusing sense of humour and we wish her all the best in her retirement and her exciting next chapter!

Carol-Ann Nickel

Carol-ann began her career with the Association in 1996 as an Assistant to one of the Association’s projects. She came back in 1999 as an Interim Assistant, then fulltime as our Executive Assistant, and in 2018 she became the Operations Manager. 

It is with mixed feelings that she had decided to retire. Carol-ann provided us with many years of devoted service. Her attention to detail has been invaluable. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort in supporting staff especially at Association events has demonstrated her commitment to excellence that we had come to depend upon. 

She has been an integral part of our Association and her contributions will always be valued and she will be greatly missed.

Arthur Paul

Art also began his employment with the Association in 1996 as a Project Coordinator. He advanced his position to Regional Manager of the Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Program in Vancouver within two years. 

During his time with us, Art is fondly remembered by his colleagues as good natured and his acquired skill in supporting them. Art brought to his position his passion of helping Indigenous people in need of support. As well, as organizing community events that promoted the Association was truly a valuable skill. 

While it is with great sadness that we say good-bye, we know that Art is excited by the new adventures that await him in the future. We will forever remember his dedication, accomplishments, and personal integrity.

As a tribute, the Association organized a gala celebration in their honour to show appreciation for their many years of exemplary service.