Crystal W. , Program Manager

C.H., Aboriginal Youth Support Worker – Female

C.H. is a member of Alexis Creek First Nation and currently resides in Williams Lake. She has had experience working with youth and families at Nenqayni Wellness Centre in a residential treatment setting. CH has also worked with youth in other settings as a Program Coordinator for after school youth programs and as as a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters for two years. C.H. has worked as Outreach, Advocacy and Support worker at Canadian Mental Health Association in Williams Lake as well as relief work as a mental health care aid at Jubilee House and relief at Jubilee Place-transitional housing.

C.H. has been a student at Thompson River University in Williams Lake in the Human Service program and is currently enrolled in online studies for this program. C.H. has obtained her Associate Addictions Counselor certification and is working towards receiving her Addictions Counselor Certification. She is an active member of the Homelessness and Steering Committee in Williams Lake. C.H. enjoys hunting with her family and is an avid reader. She believes in leading by example and living a balanced lifestyle.

M.A., Aboriginal Youth Support Worker – Male

M.A. is of the Secwecpemc (Shuswap) and Chinese descent. His dad is from Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek Band) and his mother is from Esketemc (Alkali Band). He moved from Stswecem’c to Williams Lake at the age of seven. He has resided at Williams Lake since.

M.A.’s first experience in the supporting field was for two years as an Outreach Worker for a local non-profit organization. Upon leaving the supporting field he explored a different career path, doing silviculture work. Eventually, M.A. found himself back in support work for the School District 27 (SD 27). While at SD 27, a youth asked him, “When are you going back to school?” . That prompted him to return to school.

M.A. attained a Human Service Diploma through Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in 2011. He also, attended Douglas College and received an Essential Skills Certificate. He has as well completed Basic Life Skills Training at TRU. M.A. plans on continuing his education, with the goal of receiving a degree; and furthermore, he thinks that learning of any kind will always be a continuous journey for him.

M.A. is active with sports within the community. He has entered in local ice hockey tournaments where youth and adults play together, forming a team and therefore, a positive relationship.  Baseball is another sport that he enjoys participating in.

Traditionally, together we can move forward.