Tunisha Baines, Interim Program Manager
My name is Tunisha Baines and I have been living in the Nanaimo/Ladysmith area the past 10 years. My father’s family is from the Stz’uminus First Nation territory and my Mother’s family is from Tl’etinqox-t’in First Nation territory and of German descent. I have obtained two diplomas in First Nation Child and Youth Care and Criminology from Vancouver Island University, and I am currently completing my Bachelor Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Indigenous Child Welfare at the University of Victoria. I am honoured to be a part of The Changing Directions team. Nu ts’ ih nu tsu’ maat (all my relations/we are all connected).
Brin Wylie, Aboriginal Youth Support Worker
My name is Brin Wylie and my traditional name is Tth’imithiye. My family is from Stz’uminus First Nations, and I work based out of Nanaimo. I have worked with the Indigenous community for close to 8 years in several programs with the Friendship Centre and continue to enjoy doing so. My background in education and continued studies are Criminology and Social Work, as I intend to continue working in human services. I am grateful to be able to work on the traditional territory of Stz’uminus, Snuneymuxw, and Snaw-naw-as First Nations. Hay ce:p qa.
Thomas 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.