New manager for GwaiiTel

  • Aug. 1, 2014 6:00 a.m.

GwaiiTel Society’s board of directors announced the hiring of a new general manager Monday (July 28).”Congratulations to Lori Wiedeman, newly hired general manager of GwaiiTel,” wrote Andrew Merilees, GwaiiTel director and Masset mayor.”With 25 years in the BC Public Service, Ms Wiedeman has extensive administrative experience,” wrote GwaiiTel Chair and Charlotte Mayor Carol Kulesha, “Some islanders may know her in her past position of District Manager for the Skeena District with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. She has managed technology projects, human resources, contract administration and strategic planning.”The non-profit, jointly owned society has been without a manager since the end of November, after long-term administrator Paul Daniell left.In the meantime, the Misty Isles Economic Development Society had been providing GwaiiTel office space and doing its bookkeeping.The society hired consultant Brian Lund of Financial Logic in January, to help navigate technical improvements to the broadband internet service it offers the islands.During GwaiiTel’s annual general meeting last month, Queen Charlotte mayor and society chair Carol Kulesha announced GwaiiTel had hired a local accounting firm to take care of bookkeeping and that it would soon be hiring an on-island general manager. Ms Wiedeman is a resident of Queen Charlotte and recently worked in Terrace for the Ministry of Transportation.