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 borth with a developmental disability. Qeptsaka7 is 14 years of age now. Charlotta describes Qeptsaka7 as having anextreme 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 is also the primary caregiver of her mother, aged 76, who has progressive dementia. Charlotta is finding it very difficult to deal with dementia in a residential school survivor. Charlotta has joined the CLBC Aboriginal Advisory Committee in hopes of advocating for future services to be brought onto 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 Metis Nation British Columbia. 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. As Director of Health for MNBC, she has negotiated many contribution agreements at both the federal and provincial level. Tanya is the lead on an information sharing agreement between the BC Ministry of Health and Metis Nation British Columbia’s central registry. This program for Metis citizens has led to Metis Citizen specific data being available in British Columbia for the very first time.

Tanya is well known for her work in program development and Community outreach in her Community. She was appointed co-chair of the Community Action Initiative. The CAI supports communities in identifying areas of focus regarding mental health and substance use. Funded through a $10 million grant by the Province of B.C., CAI provides grants for sound and leading edge projects that are planned, led and implemented through community partnerships.

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.

Nadine Gagne-L’Hirondelle

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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.

Elizabeth Pearce

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Derina Peters

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Teree Rathje

Teree Rathje has worked with the Doig River First Nation in northeast B.C. as the Director of Social Development since 2000. She previously worked for the Ministry of Social Development for 11 years. She states that she enjoys her work as a front line worker immensely, and she entered this line of work because she wants to see people reach their full potential, whatever their chosen path. She is a current board member to the First Nations Social Development Society, and a current member of the North Wind Healing Centre. She believes that it is important to empower people to meet their goals and that the process of change is slow and tedious at times, but in the end, if we can move one person forward, this one action can cause a ripple effect that has the potential of moving the family and the community forward as well.

Teree is from the North region and has been a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee since 2010, as an Aboriginal Community Representative.

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

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Nita Walkem

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