Leona Humchitt is a proud member of the Heiltsuk First Nation of Bella Bella, B.C. which is a remote, isolated community located in the central coast of British Columbia. The population is 2500, with 1300 living on reserve. In 2014, she was elected to the local Heiltsuk Tribal Council to a 4-year term. In 2017, she retired with 27 years pensionable service as Office Manager of the Bella Bella RCMP. She is currently taking SFU’s Executive Masters of Business Administration tailored for Indigenous Business and Leadership and will complete the program in October, 2019. In June 2018, Leona was re-elected to another 4-year term with Heiltsuk Tribal Council.
She and her husband Tom will celebrate their 20th Wedding Anniversary this year. They have four beautiful daughters – Flora, Kristy, Mercedes & Cheryl and one son – Thomas Benjamin. Leona and Tommy relish in the new status of being grandparents. Maggie, Cassian, Charlie & Addie are their precious treasures. It’s a whole new level of love and makes her work in leadership that much more meaningful. Leona is ecstatic for her nation’s opportunity with ODI and her appointment as a Champion for the 20/20 Catalyst. She deems this an opportunity to set the table ~ “For our Children’s tomorrow.”