LIWAAYDA EXECUTIVE BOARD
In honor of our ancestors, pull together.
Johon Atkinson began his dream with Liwaayda during a international canoe journey between Metlakatla, B.C. to Metlakatla, Alaska. This life changing journey was the spark needed to ignite the Liwaayda flame fueled by our traditional values and culture. Johon's life is devoted in using our traditional values in today's world to bring back balance, heal and unite all across the land.
We are at our strongest when we Pull together.
Our Vice President, Grant EchoHawk, was born in Fairbanks but raised in Metlakatla and calls Metlakatla home. Moving down south to work for some of the largest corporations in the country he enjoyed a successful career but he never lost his passion to give back to his hometown and the community. He brings that passion to Liwaayda every day! Grant brings his leadership, finance knowledge, and project management to the Liwaayda team which is a perfect combination of business, traditional values, and progressive thinking.
Gatgyeda Haayk has a deep passion for creating positive change. She is devoted to help raise and teach the next generation in embracing their culture and learning how to be strong advocates for our people and communities. She has had the pleasure to work in many different working environments and utilizes that knowledge in applying it to the work she does with Liwaayda.
We are our best when we pull together.
Helaire EchoHawk has a strong passion to see our indigenous people overcome all traumas and heal not only as individuals but as communities. This passion has always been an integral part within our organization Liwaayda. She will always bring that sacred knowledge and presence that is felt in all of our events and programs.