A COMMUNITY LEADER DEDICATED TO IMPROVING LIVES
Growing up in Fort Chip has given Joy Flett a unique perspective on life and giving back to her community. Whether it is through her work as the Aboriginal Relations Advisor at Suncor for the past four years or previously as an Employment Director with Athabasca Tribal Council, Joy is dedicated to improving the lives of First Nations youth in the region. In her job at Athabasca Tribal Council Joy went above and beyond in her service to her clients but since joining Suncor she is able to focus her volunteer time and energy to organizations that focus on First Nations youth and community.
She believes that everyone should live by the moto:
“It’s my community; get involved: where I can and when I can.”
Joy is passionate about volunteering in Fort McMurray as well as Fort Chip and likes to put her energies toward youth development and leadership. She is involved with several aboriginal youth groups including Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). This youth lead organization seeks to explore and develop ways to build deep, long lasting relationships between local communities and industry. Joy holds this organization and the kids involved in it near and dear to her heart. She is passionate about grooming future leaders and seeing the direct results this program has on the attitudes of the participants. She previously sat on the Regional Advisory Council on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (RACIDE) which works on behalf of the community to develop action plans that help create a more welcoming and inclusive community for all. RACIDE is instrumental in this process by providing strategic direction, engaging public input, and advising Council on the plan’s progress. She currently sits on the board of the Multicultural Association (MCA) to bring an aboriginal focus and inclusion to the organization. In the lead up to the Western Canada Summer Games, Joy was instrumental in organizing the performers for the opening and closing ceremonies videos, assigning runners for the torch relay and volunteering with the winter carnival in Fort Chipewyan.
Joy is a true inspiration and leader. She is not only a graduate of Leadership Wood Buffalo she was also chosen as one of 16 leaders to represent Alberta at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in Ottawa last year. Presenting her team’s findings of their research project to the Governor General inspired Joy to share her expertise, knowledge and support.