September 29, 2022, Corner Brook — Qalipu First Nation would like to advise its members, partners, and community that on September 22, Keith Goulding tendered notice of resignation from his position as Band Manager with Qalipu to pursue another career opportunity. Goulding has worked with the Band since its formation in 2011; he was previously the Director of Education and Training and in 2017 was successful in the competition to become Band Manager.
Rod Bennett, Director of Operations noted that business will proceed as usual and there will be no impact to member programs and services.
“From the point of view of Band administration, all systems and processes are in place to ensure there is no impact to our day-to-day operations. We have a strong senior management team and I expect that business will continue until a hiring process to fill the position are put in place.”
Brendan Mitchell, Band Chief, noted that he is disappointed to see Goulding go, and reflected on the many positive accomplishments of the Band that took place under his leadership.
“There have been many positive gains during Keith’s time as Band Manager. Keith started out leading a team of around fifty employees and today, this number has nearly doubled. He oversaw major changes to our election process and was also at the helm for big milestones such as the Bands receipt of Certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as certification from the First Nations Financial Management Board, both markers of organizational and financial excellence. He also was in the lead on the achievement of a 10-year block funding arrangement that has been key to our path to self-governance. We wish him well in his new endeavours, but he will be missed.”