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OUR TEAM

MEET THE BOARD

Our Board of Directors plays a strong role in the governance and leadership of our organization. They represent many of the demographics and fellow Heiltsuk organizations that are key to the success of our programs.

 

One of the intentions of our board composition is to build the kind of connectivity that will ensure our programs are rooted in authentic community needs and grown in a way that leverages strong collaborations in service of our people.
 

CARRIE EASTERBROOK

Carrie is the Executive Director at Kaxla Child & Family Services, and a powerful advocate for Heiltsuk youth, elders, and families.

JOHANNA GORDON-WALKER

Johanna is an award-winning educator who runs the SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) program at Bella Bella Community School.

JOANN GREEN

Joann is a hereditary chief and the director of the Waglisla Adult Learning Centre. She has dedicated her life to community education and cultural revitalization for the Heiltsuk people.

JAIMIE HARRIS

Jaimie is the Heiltsuk Tribal Council appointee to our board. She is an elected tribal councillor and a passionate advocate for Heiltsuk youth, education, and economic development.

CINDY NEILSON

Cindy is the director of the Community Wellness Program at the Heiltsuk Health Centre, including a role overseeing programming out of the Youth Centre.

MAVIS WINDSOR

In addition to her role as the chair of our board, Mavis is the Director of the Heiltsuk Social Development Department, a strong matriarch, and a powerful community advocate.

 

KEY STAFF

In addition to these key staff, we’re proud to employ a team of millworkers and a construction crew, and seasonal program team comprised primarily of Heiltsuk students to run projects like Koeye Camp and our Food Systems Resiliency work.
 

 

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JESS HOUSTY

Executive Director


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LARRY JORGENSON

Founding Director (ret.)

Kunsoot Project Manager

 

VENNITA STEGMAN

Office Manager


MARY LESLIE

Finance Administrator

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AARON DITCHFIELD

Operations Lead


CLEA SCHOONER

Communications Lead

KOEYE DOGS

Our pups at Koeye Camp are a key part of our work to mitigate our impact on bears in the watershed by reducing the potential for human-bear conflict. Our dogs are fiercely loyal to the children in our programs and accompany them throughout the watershed during our seasonal programs. They live in Koeye year-round with our caretaker.

 

They sense bears, often before we’re aware they’re nearby, and alert us to their presence with a steady bark. They engage the bears and learn how to interact with each individual bear that calls Koeye home. They’re trained to stay with the animals rather than bringing them back toward their humans.

 

 

M̓ÁYÁŁA

M̓áyáɫa (friend) is a purebred Great Pyrenees, and our newest addition at Koeye!

M̓UX̌VSṂ́

M̓ux̌vsṃ́ (white, as in a mountain) is a Great Pyrenees/Bernese Mountain Dog.
 

KÚSA

Kúsa (from qvús: eagledown) is a purebred Great Pyrenees.

HUMSUM (In Memoriam)

Humsum was a loyal protector and hard worker at Koeye for many years. We are so grateful for his service & friendship.

PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATION

The work we do would be impossible without the help of our generous partners, funders, and collaborators.  Walas gayasixa to our community of supporters!
 

 

We benefit from a strong, well-resourced community that's committed to

collaboration for the well-being of our people, including:

Yím̓ás (Chiefs) and W̓úm̓aqs (Matriarchs)
Heiltsuk Tribal Council
Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department
Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre
Heiltsuk Social Development Department
Bella Bella Community School
Heiltsuk College & Waglisla Adult Learning Centre
Gvi‘ilas Restorative Justice Department
Hailika'as Heiltsuk Health Centre
Heiltsuk Youth Centre
Kaxla Child & Family Services
RW Large Memorial Hospital
Kunsoot Wellness Society

We also have a long history of partnerships with outside organizations that

enrich the lives of the youth and families in our programs.

In particular, we'd like to acknowledge:

Raincoast Conservation Foundation
UVic Applied Conservation Lab

And as a charitable non-profit, we are incredibly grateful for the

funding relationships that enable us to do good work for our community.

In particular, we'd like to highlight:

Nature United
MakeWay Foundation
United Way Lower Mainland (Local Love Food Hubs)
Vancouver Coastal Health
Community Food Centres Canada
Service Canada
Midcoast First Nations Training Society
Nia Tero

...and a network of anonymous foundations and

individual donors who generously support our work!

Photo credit: Sara Wickham

Photo credit: Kalina Hunter

DONATE

Love what we do? Support our programs by

donating to Qqs Project Society!

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