PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, QQS PROJECTS

May 2019 to present

I have served Qqs as the interim Executive Director, and now the permanent E.D., since the leadership transitioned was envisioned. I am proud to support transformative community projects that uplift Heiltsuk youth and families.

COMMUNICATIONS/FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR, QQS PROJECTS

2004-2019

Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director, I was responsible for telling the story of Qqs through our communications channels and our fundraising program. This included digital, print, and in-person engagement, and a blend of grantwriting and donor relations.

 

BOARD & COMMITTEE WORK

Local, regional, and national volunteerism

VANCOUVER FOUNDATION

LEVEL Grant Advisor

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NATURE UNITED

Board of Directors

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BELLA BELLA RAIN (REZ ANIMALS IN NEED)

Co-founder

Bella Bella RAIN organizes animal welfare services and resources for the Heiltsuk comunity of Bella Bella, including low-barrier vet services, emergency pet supplies, and support for safe surrenders.

RESILIENT INDIGENOUS LEADERS NETWORK

Advisor

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PAST ROLES

 

Board Member

DOGWOOD INITIATIVE

Advisor

SMALL CHANGE FUND

Board member

PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS

POLITICAL ROLES

Elected Governance Work

HEILTSUK TRIBAL COUNCIL

Elected Councillor

I served two consecutive four-year terms as an elected councillor from 2012-16 and 2016-20. I did not run for re-election.

HTC LANDS PORTFOLIO

Chairperson

The Lands Portfolio provides critical support to the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, where I served on the board for 8 years. Political files included forestry, referrals, policy development, and stewardship capacity-building.

HTC YOUTH PORTFOLIO

Co-chair

Although HTC does not operate in-house youth programming, in recognition of the importance of our young people we created a Youth Portfolio to provide support and advocacy at a political level for all the local agencies delivering critical programs and services for young people.

NATHAN E. STEWART OIL SPILL

Incident Commander

During the Nathan E. Stewart diesel spill in 2016, I spent 40 days as the Heiltsuk Incident Commander supporting the spill response. This included representing Heiltsuk on Unified Command and being a media spokesperson for HTC.

COASTAL FIRST NATIONS GREAT BEAR INITIATIVE

Board Member

During my eight years on council, I was a Heiltsuk appointee to CFN-GBI. This included eight years on the Great Bear Carbon Credits Corporation (seven as President), one year on the Great Bear Business Corporation, and one year on the Executive Committee.

 

PROFICIENCIES

 
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NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT

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(DECOLONIAL) FUNDRAISING

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NEGOTIATIONS & FACILITATION

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STORYTELLING & COMMUNICATIONS

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

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