EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, QQS PROJECTS
May 2019 to present
I was appointed Interim Executive Director in 2019 and formally accepted the E.D. role in 2020 as part of a recent leadership transition at Qqs. I am proud to support our transformative community projects that uplift Heiltsuk youth and families.
COMMUNICATIONS/FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR, QQS PROJECTS
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
Board of Directors
Nature United is a national conservation organization focused on building a future "where nature is the foundation of human well-being, prosperity and opportunity for future generations." I'm proud to chair NU's Indigenous Right Relations Committee.
LEVEL - VANCOUVER FOUNDATION
The LEVEL program at Vancouver Foundation provides funding and policy programming that prioritizes Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee youth.
RESILIENT INDIGENOUS LEADERS NETWORK
RILN is a collective of young Indigenous leaders who have built a network around mutual support for personal resilience to reduce the burnout of community work.
BELLA BELLA RAIN (REZ ANIMALS IN NEED)
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.
THE CIRCLE ON PHILANTHROPY
The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change between Philanthropy and Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation
SMALL CHANGE FUND
PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
PAST POLITICAL ROLES
Elected political work, 2012-20
HEILTSUK TRIBAL COUNCIL
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
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
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
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
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.
UVIC GEOGRAPHY 453
Indigenous Resource Management
The Indigenous Knowledge, Science & Resource Management Field School (a.k.a. the "University of Koeye") is based in the village of Bella Bella, Heiltsuk Territory, and the remote Koeye River Lodge.
This field school brings students into Bella Bella where they connect with Heiltsuk knowledge keepers for an elder-led cultural orientation and attend meetings with Heiltsuk stewardship leaders to learn about priorities and gaps in lands and marine stewardship. With this foundation, we move out on the land for deeper community-building within our class, where we're often joined by additional community knowledge holders and groups of Heiltsuk youth.
Notably, all coursework must have applied use for land-based Heiltsuk youth programs (small assignment) and respond to on-the-ground Heiltsuk stewardship priorities (main assignment).
This field school began in 2013 and has been run most years since. I am proud to design and deliver this field school with my w̓aq̓vá du m̓áyáɫa Dr. Chris Darimont of Raincoast and the ACS Lab at UVic.