Advisors & Volunteers

Advisors

We are lucky to be able to draw on the knowledge and experience of people in the community. Without their dedication and commitment we could not achieve all that we accomplish.

Cultural Advisor Eugene Harry

Eugene Harry (XiQuelem) has been the Cultural Advisor at BCACCS since 2007. He is a member of the Cowichan Tribes, and a Shaker Church Minister in Squamish First Nation; he also works at Vancouver Native Health. Eugene provides general spiritual and cultural guidance for our agency, and since April 2009, he has also been our Culture and Language Teacher at Eagle’s Nest Preschool and Singing Frog Preschool.

Eugene is sometimes a guest at each preschool, and teaches our preschool children Halkomelem language, songs, stories and prayers bringing. He brings a joyful presence as a knowledge keeper and is a positive role model to children and adults alike assisting with transitions, playing with the children with great love and respect, and valuing children for being children. He often leads the children in blessings and prayers, regularly sharing traditional songs and stories from his people and entertaining the children while instilling important cultural values.

Elder Fred John

Elder Fred John is a Cultural Elder and Adult Drug and Alcohol Counsellor from Xaxlip Band, Lillooet First Nation.

He does cultural healing and teaches drumming, hand drums, Pow Wow drums and talking circle at the Hey-Way’-Noqu’ Healing Circle for Addictions Society in East Vancouver.

He also teaches drumming to preschool children at Awahsuk Aboriginal Head Start (AHS), Eagle’s Nest AHS, and Singing Frog AHS preschools.

Volunteers

BCACCS could not accomplish all the work we do without the help of dedicated volunteers. We have amazing volunteers who support our annual conference and the resource library. Thank you for your tireless efforts and wonderful work!

Internship completed 2013 – Hilary Mroczka, San Jose State University School of Information

Internship completed 2013 – Cynthia Roberson, San Jose State University School of Information

Internship completed 2014 – Jessica Neaves, San Jose State University School of Information

Internship completed 2015 – Kathryn Kane, San Jose State University School of Information

Internship completed 2015 – Saguna Shankar, UBC School of Library Archival and Information Studies

Internship completed 2015 – Samantha Stokell, UBC School of Library Archival and Information Studies

Internship completed 2016 – Emily Aspinwall, UBC School of Library Archival and Information Studies

Internship completed 2018 – Rachel Carlson, UBC iSchool