The Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest was founded in 2000 by a group of Francophones originally from Quebec, but who had move to the region (specifically Kitimat) for work. On June 23, 2000, an Executive Board was chosen, and official registration was put in motion with the help of founder (and original Executive Director) Odette Tremblay. The very first president of the association was a Francophile: Nancy Domelly. In November 2000, AFFNO became an official registered non-profit society. The original office remained in Kitimat right up until the end of 2010, when the Board decided to move its office to Prince Rupert where we still exist today. AFFNO also extended its region in 2011 to include Haida Gwaii. AFFNO is a regional non-profit society, directed by an Executive Board consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and regional directors who represent their respective towns. There are approximately 5,000 Francophones in the Northwest region – Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers, and all other areas in between.