Shelly Vanderhoef, Program Manager

Bio to follow …


Tunish BainsTunisha Baines, Aboriginal Youth Support Worker

My name is Tunisha Baines and I have been living in the Nanaimo/Ladysmith area the past 10 years. My paternal family is from the Stz’uminus First Nation territory and my maternal family is from Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nation territory. My educational background is in First Nation Child and Youth Care and Criminology which I completed at Vancouver Island University. For the past three years I have been working in Nanaimo with our youth in a Residential Group Home facility. I enjoy artwork, being in nature, and spending time with my family and two pet cats. I am honoured to be a part of The Changing Directions team and look forward to working with my people as an Aboriginal Youth Support Worker.  Nu ts’ ih nu tsu’ maat (all my relations/we are all connected)


thomasThomas George, Aboriginal Youth Support Worker

Thomas George is a member of Halalt First Nation, born in Cowichan and raised in Halalt.

He first started working with youth in December of 2012 at a boys group home in Nanaimo for Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services and then moved on to X’pey Lelum Group Home in Cedar and helped start a Penelakut Group Home in Chemainus, BC

Thomas has been raised with Coast Salish Teachings and strongly believes in its values. His father has taught him to believe in many cultural healing methods and practices those teachings with his family.

He enjoys being outdoors harvesting cedar during the spring, likes going out for hikes and loves to hunt and fish. Thomas also enjoys golf and spend time with family and friends.