Technical Services

Technical Services advises in the planning, designing, construction and inspections of housing and building projects on reserve.

About Technical Services

Housing Services 

Housing Services is led by Kathleen Griffin, who has over 12 years of code enforcement and knowledge and has been employed with Yellowhead Tribal Council since 2006. Kathleen continues to create evolving partnerships with progressive Yellowhead Tribal Council First Nations. Kathleen is responsible for providing professional advice, assistance and other required services for the Yellowhead Tribal Council and the four First Nation member communities and their affiliated entities in order to advise with the planning, designing, construction and inspections of housing and building projects on reserve. 

Ultimately, Kathleen’s mission with Yellowhead Tribal Council is to “ teach people about homes and how to care for them in a way that will increase the overall quality of their life.” Kathleen has a structural drafting certificate and a building technology diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and will now be a registered safety codes officer in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Maintenance Management

The Maintenance Management Advisor provides advice, assistance and service for the four first nations O`Chiese First Nation, Sunchild First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation, Alexander Frist Nation for the new or proposed projects and for the existing public and residential assets.

Preparation of proposal and planning for new or upgrading of facility plans, implementation of a work plan for the operation and maintenance of public buildings, community facilities. Analyzes facility maintenance requirements and defines maintenance tasks in conformance with pertinent guidelines and standards. Establish and implement a computerized maintenance plan. Monitor the progress, quality and completion of maintenance work to ensure the objectives are met.

Prepare annual accountability operation and maintenance “O&M” reports complete with short and long term work plans including any other related reporting requirements by INAC, Yellowhead Tribal Council and / or the member First Nations.


Work

Housing Services 

Currently new funding dollars have been delivered to the First Nation through CMHC. $137.7 million over two years, beginning in 2016-2017. Completion date: March 1, 2017.

There are 10 various programs through CMHC to access funding and they are as follows:

  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program(regular)- $ 60,000
  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program(disabled)-$ 60,000
  • Emergency Repair Program- $20,000
  • Home adaptations for Seniors Independence program- $ 10,000
  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program(Secondary/Garden Suite)-$ 60,000
  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program(Conversion)- $60,000
  • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program(Rental)- $ 60,000
  • Shelter Enhancement Program- $ 60,000
  • Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth- (8 wks – 2 years)
  • On reserve Retrofit program- $ 60,000

Sec 95 Program

  • $33.1 Million

Indigenous Investments

Improving housing In First Nation Communities

  • Budget 2016 proposes to provide $ 554.3 million over two years
  • Over the next 5 years the government will invest $1.2 billion in support of social infrastructure. Quality housing, access to early learning and childcare, health care, and cultural and recreational infrastructure will all be areas that contribute to social infrastructure.
  • $1.8 billion over 5 years to support clean drinking water and the treatment of wastewater on reserve.
  • Additional $255 million over two years to complement infrastructure such as roads and bridges, energy systems, broadband connectivity, physical infrastructure to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and fire protection services.
  • $2.24 billion to improve on reserve water and waste water infrastructure and waste management.
  • $ 141.7 million over 5 years to improve monitoring and testing of on reserve community drinking water.
  • $ 409 million over 5 years, to improve how garbage and waste is managed on reserve.
Investing in Social Infrastructure

  • Over the next 5 years the government will invest $1.2 billion in support of social infrastructure. Quality housing, access to early learning and childcare, health care, and cultural and recreational infrastructure will all be areas that contribute to social infrastructure.

Strengthening on reserve water and wastewater infrastructure

  • $1.8 billion over 5 years to support clean drinking water and the treatment of wastewater on reserve.
Community Infrastructure

  • Additional $255 million over two years to complement infrastructure such as roads and bridges, energy systems, broadband connectivity, physical infrastructure to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and fire protection services.
Investing in Green infrastructure on reserve

  • $2.24 billion to improve on reserve water and waste water infrastructure and waste management.

Monitoring of water on reserve

  • $ 141.7 million over 5 years to improve monitoring and testing of on reserve community drinking water.

Addressing waste management

  • $ 409 million over 5 years, to improve how garbage and waste are managed on reserve.


Maintenance Management Advisor

Training First Nation Students and field operators to implement maintenance of HVAC and Boilers systems. Specific training details; 

  • Start-up & shutdown boilers and HVAC Units
  • How to safely isolate specific equipment.
  • Teachings safely lockout and tag out of equipment and main power unit. 
  • Measuring process parameters including temperature, pressure, flow, etc.
  • Operated machinery and industrial equipment to measure processes and performance, in compliance with environmental standards and productivity plans.
  • Put on, stopped and operated industrial stationary equipment; performed the repair and preventive maintenance.
  • Led and contributed to the health and safety meetings; written incident reports and participated in investigations.
  •  Train the plumbers and field operators to assemble and disassemble the boilers.   
  • Applying maintenance and mechanical services at water stations and lift stations.
  •  Training of ‘BMS’ Building Management System.  
  • Assembling the other parts; water tubes, gauges, expansion tank, heat exchanger, water tubes, bowels and etc.  
  • Applying the air-balancing test of the HVAC system as per codes.  
  • Performed regular preventive maintenance on valves, pumps, and hydraulic power unit and glycol system.
  • Performed routine equipment maintenance including oil changes and grease additions.
  • Monitored operations from the PCP process control panel.
  • Commissioned and tested equipment.
  • Performed troubleshooting and case studies of boiler/HVAC issues.
  • Developed lockout and tag-out schedules for plant equipment and systems. 
  • Work with certified pipe welders by providing accurate pipe preparation and fitting.
  • Eliminated risks by correctly identifying potential safety hazards.
  • Comply with all state plumbing codes throughout the duration of each project.
  • Read blueprints to determine appropriate materials and procedures for each project.
  • Installed a variety of valves and fittings.
  • Operated various power tools and equipment.
  • Applying regular maintenance of the boiler/HVAC systems. 
  • Maintenance of sump pumps and lift-station pumps. 
  • Housing boilers maintenance and furnace maintenance. 
  • Training maintenance personal to implement maintenance on residential Furnaces.   


Staff

Ercan Bozkurt
Project MM Advisor

Frank McVeety
Fire/Safety Advisor

Kathleen Griffin
Housing Inspector/Advisor

Dale Dueck
Emergency Mgmt Coordinator

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