Indigenous Advisory Committee Members

Charlotta Andrew

Charlotta is a member of the Lil’wat First Nation who was raised by parents, who are Residential School survivors, each attending up to 12 years of Residential School. Charlotta has four children. She worked in carpentry prior to the birth of her third daughter, Qeptsaka7, who born with a developmental disability. Qeptsaka7 is 20 years old now. Charlotta describes Qeptsaka7 as having an extreme developmental disabilities in all area of daily living. She in non-verbal but is still able to walk at this stage. Since the birth of Qeptsaka7, Charlotta has been an Advocate and has an increasing knowledge about the barriers of service delivery on-reserve for persons with a disability.

Charlotta also helps with care for her aging residential school survivor parents. Her father is 84 and now experiencing memory loss. Her mother is 82 and has progressive dementia. Both parents live separately. Charlotta is finding it very difficult to deal with dementia in a residential school survivors. Charlotta has joined the CLBC Aboriginal Advisory Committee in hopes of advocating for services on the reserve so her daughter can continue to live with her people.

Charlotta is from the Vancouver Coastal Region and has been a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee since 2010, as an Aboriginal Family member representative.

Tanya Davoren

Tanya Davoren is the Director of Health for Métis Nation British Columbia and has been since the summer of 2008. She is passionate and committed to her work and the relationships she has built across numerous sectors. Tanya’s career started as a Registered Nurse and she worked in hospital as a float RN since 2000 and then later as a Patient Care Coordinator/Nursing Care Clinician before “taking a leap of faith” and going to work for her Métis community at Métis Nation British Columbia. The change was worth it and she is able to put her health knowledge, advocacy skills and unique leadership style to work.

Tanya, as Director of Health for MNBC, has negotiated many contribution agreements at both the federal and provincial level. Tanya Davoren is the lead on an information sharing agreement between the BC Ministry of Health and Métis Nation British Columbia’s central registry. This program for Métis citizens has led to Métis Citizen specific data being available in British Columbia for the very first time.

Combining the celebration of her Métis heritage and her passion for health has created an extremely satisfying career where she has been given the opportunity to actively work towards better health and wellness for her fellow Métis Citizens and all Aboriginal people as MNBC’s Director of Health. She currently works from her home office in Vernon with her husband Rob and their 3 beautiful children.

Kelsey Finlay

Kelsey Finlay is a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in Newfoundland and is currently working as a Disability Case Manager at the B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS). Before working at BCANDS, she worked with people who have mental health challenges and with women in crisis. Kelsey graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2016. Kelsey has been an IAC board member since March 2017.

Carolyne Neufeld

Carolyne Neufeld is a First Nations descendant from Sto:lo Territory. She is a mother of 6 children and a grandmother of 7. Carolyne has a Bachelors degree in Nursing from UBC, as well as a Masters Degree in Administrative leadership from Trinity Western University.

Carolyne has been involved in health for the past 25 years and has spent time working overseas in the third world. She has been involved in First Nations Health and Social Development programs and services for the past 16 years. She is passionate about programs that meet the needs of the people, at the community level. Throughout the years she has developed and opened a physicians’ office, a dental office, community health programs, and a center of excellence in diabetes care on reserve. Carolyne sits on various committees at the local and regional level that support First Nations people.

Derina Peters

Bio coming soon

Sherwin Strong

Sherwin is a self advocate in the Comox valley. He assists those seeking direction in regards to employers as well as service providers and local businesses. He has also been involved with the BC Self Advocacy Foundations’s Promoting Our Abilities Project highlighting the importance of hiring peoples with diverse abilities.

Ethel Underwood

Ethel is Coast Salish and from the Tsawout First Nation on Vancouver Island. She works as a social worker for an Aboriginal Child Service Agency.

Ethel has four wonderful children. Her oldest has cerebral palsy, schizophrenia and Asperger syndrome. He lives in home sharing and is doing well.

Nita Walkem

Bio coming soon