Join us as we welcome our new Chief Operations Officer, Latasha Williams. Congratulations, Latasha, and congratulations as well to former COO Carla Lutner, who has been promoted to Executive Director.
Hello, my name is Latasha Williams. My Haida name is Chaaw Salee Jaadaas (Beach Girl), given to me by the late Naanii Mary Swanson. I am from the Sangalth Sdast’a.aas Eagle Clan. I was born and raised here on Haida Gwaii. I reside in Masset with my husband, our three sons, two dogs, and two kittens. I am very privileged to be able to raise my family in their culture, surrounded by friends, family, and the beaches.
I left for Victoria, BC at the age of 17 to pursue my post-secondary dreams of getting educated so I could return home to make a positive impact. I completed areas in: Exercise and Wellness, Indigenous Family Support, Indigenous Studies, and Sport Management.
Shortly after moving back home in 2014, I started working at the Youth Centre, under the Old Massett Health Centre/Niislaa Naay Healing House Society. After almost a decade of connecting with families, hosting community events, and helping to eliminate barriers within our community, I felt ready to bring my passions to a grander platform.
It is an honour to be the new Chief Operations Officer at the Gwaii Trust Society. Their values align perfectly with mine, both personally and professionally. My goal is to continue with the work of enhancing the quality of life in all communities on Haida Gwaii.