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Jannah Kohlman

Jannah Kohlman
Executive Director of The Nawican Friendship Centre

Born and raised on a ranch outside of Dawson Creek, daughter to Ken and Brenda Kohlman, Jannah is a proud member of the Saulteau First Nations, Gauthier family.

Jannah currently works as the Executive Director of The Nawican Friendship Centre in Dawson Creek and has spent the past five years bringing the Centre from the brink of closing its doors, to being one of the leading service providers in her community. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from 8 employees to currently 34, with 3 locations, as well as expanded their annual operating budget by over 90% in the past 4 years.

Prior to joining the Nawican team, Jannah gained experience working with companies in forestry, oilfield, and trucking, as well as in a variety of fields including real estate investment, property management, sales and marketing, hospitality, and has over 20 years experience in bookkeeping, administration, and financial management.

Jannah was recently hand selected as a top candidate to attend the world’s first custom MBA in Indigenous Reconciliation co-created and delivered through a partnership with BCAAFC and the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

UVic to deliver world’s first custom MBA in Indigenous Reconciliation – University of Victoria

Jannah has numerous pprofessional affiliations including:

  • • Director – BOD, Community Futures Peace Liard Oct 2019-Present
  • • Director – BOD, Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society Oct 2019-Present
  • • Member – SD59 Indigenous Advisory Council Since 2018
  • • Member – Northeast Aboriginal/Indigenous Health Improvement Committee – Northern Health
  • • Member – North Wind Wellness Centre Society – Building & Programming Advisory Committee
  • • Member – Community Advisory Committee – Supportive Housing Dawson Creek

Along with her husband Damon and their kids, Jannah enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, gathering medicines, learning about traditional ways, and spending time with family.

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