COMMITTEE MEMBERS:PSB GOVERNANCE POLICY MANUAL

Mary Lee Armstrong, Community Member

Mary Lee Armstrong is a lawyer for the Mohawk Council of KahnawĂ :ke and has been working for MCK Legal Services since 1999.  She has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University with a Specialization in Political Science and a minor in History, as well as her Common and Civil Law degrees (LL.B and B.C.L.) from McGill University. 

Mary Lee was appointed to the PSB as a legal representative in January 2012 and has appreciated the experience and learning so far.  She enjoys volunteering in community initiatives and has also been an active member of the KSCS Board of Directors for the past 18 years. 

In her personal time, Mary Lee is a busy mom of two very energetic girls who enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family whenever possible.

Ron Skye, Chairperson

Ron Skye graduated from the Amerindian Police Training Center and started his career in policing in 1976 as well as being a former Chief of Police of the Kahnawake Mohawk Peacekeepers. He has participated on numerous boards within the community.

Ron is a member of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s Senior Executive Management Team which oversees the delivery of programs and services to the community. He also sits on Kahnawake’s Legislative Coordinating Committee which is responsible for the development of legislation under Kahnawake’s jurisdiction. On a national level, Ron also sits as a Director on the Canadian Association of Police Governance Boards.

As Director of Justice Service since 2005, he also sits as the Chairperson of the Kahnawake Justice Commission and the Kahnawake Peacekeeper Services Board.  Ron hopes to raise the profile of aboriginal policing with strong and objective board governance on a local, regional and national level.

Dwayne Zacharie, Chief Peacekeeper

Dwayne Zacharie although not a PSB member acts as a liaison between the Peacekeeper Department and the board.   Dwayne Zacharie has worked for the Kahnawake Peacekeepers since 1997.  He is currently the Chief Peacekeeper. He is responsible for the administration of all policing functions. In 2013 he was elected president of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association of Quebec, their role is to build capacity in order to raise the standards of policing services offered to Native communities.



CONTACTS

Mail:
Peacekeeper Services Board
P.O. Box 1933
Kahnawake, QC, J0L 1B0

Phone: (450) 632-0635

Fax: (450) 635-1834

E-mail: pkservicesboard@mck.ca

Website: www.kahnawake.com

CREATION OF THE BOARD

The Peacekeeper Services Board (PSB) was established by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake pursuant to the Kahnawake Peacekeepers Law.

COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD

The Peacekeeper Services Board consists of five (5) members, they are: The Director of Justice, a member of the Legal Services Department and Three (3) community members listed on the Kanien’kehá:ka Registry.

The term of office for the community members is staggered. As such, for the first round of appointments, one (1) community member’s term is for one (1) year, one (1) community member’s term is for two (2) years, and one (1) community member’s term will is for three (3) years.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD

The Peacekeeper Services Board:

  • determines objectives and priorities with respect to police services in the community;
  • establishes policies for the effective management of the PK Department;
  • establishes policies and procedures for PK training;
  • recruits and recommends the appointment of the Chief Peacekeeper to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  • gives general direction to the Chief Peacekeeper and monitors his or her performance;
  • establishes guidelines for disclosing secondary or off-duty activities of Peacekeeper Officers and deciding whether to permit such activities;
  • reviews the Chief Peacekeeper’s administration of the complaints system and receives regular reports from the Chief Peacekeeper on his or her administration of the complaints system.

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEACEKEEPER ETHICS COMMITTEE (PEC)

Apart from the relationship described in the “Complaints” section, the Peacekeeper Services Board (PSB) is separate and independent from the Peacekeeper Ethics Committee (PEC).

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Peacekeeper Services Board (PSB) is ultimately accountable to the Mohawks of Kahnawá:ke for all of its actions. The Peacekeeper Services Board (PSB) accounts to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

COMPLAINTS

The Peacekeeper Services Board establishes guidelines and procedures for hearing complaints against members of the Peacekeepers that are directed to the Chief Peacekeeper. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, he/she may file an appeal with the Peacekeeper Ethics Committee under the provisions of the Kahnawake Peacekeepers Law. If the complaint is against the Chief Peacekeeper, it will be directed to the Peacekeeper Services Board. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, he/she may file an appeal with the Peacekeeper Ethics Committee.

The Peacekeeper Ethics Committee provides its decisions on complaints against Peacekeepers to the Peacekeeper Services Board, which is required to direct the Chief Peacekeeper to implement the decision of the Peacekeeper Ethics Committee in the case of a complaint against a Peacekeeper. If the complaint was made against the Chief Peacekeeper, the Peacekeeper Services Board is required to implement the Peacekeeper Ethics Committee’s decision.