The Aboriginal Peoples Network (APTN) said Wednesday that Vera Houle has accepted the position of the network’s director of community relations. While in the position, Houle will work to promote new and local initiatives to enhance relationships with stakeholders, APTN said in a release. The network added that Houle will also work to support strategies and initiatives that will benefit Aboriginal communities. “We are very pleased that Ms. Houle has accepted the challenges of taking on a new leadership position within the network,” Jean LaRose, APTN’s CEO, said in the release. “Vera is a dynamic executive who brings much energy and knowledge of our diverse stakeholders to the table.” Houle is a First Nations citizen of Manitoba’s Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation. She is a fluent Ojibway speaker with more than 25 years of experience in communications and news, APTN said. Prior to her new position, Houle held the roles of executive producer as well as director of news and current affairs at APTN since 2005.