Meet the Team

Decolonized harm reduction and offering culturally safe health care are at the centre of what we do. As Indigenous people we recognize the importance of building accountable, respectful, and long-lasting relationships to local nations, territory and to one another. We are a group who work alongside peer outreach responders who have lived experiences with street communities, and we meet people where they are at.

Bevan

Peer Responder

(Pronouns: he/him)

Bevan is from the MowachahtMuchalaht First Nations. He has lived in Lekwungen territories for 2 years. His favorite foods are chicken and ribs. His recreational activities include gaming, chilling and hanging at the mall. He has been working in harm reduction for 2 years. He is proud to help and spread the love as he received love and support and it feels good to give back. He enjoys the friendships he has made and community that he lives in. 

Billy

Peer Responder

(Pronouns: he/him)

Billy is proud full blooded Coast Salish, born and raised on Vancouver Island. His mom’s side is Pauquachin First Nation on Cooper Island and his dad’s side is from the Tsartlip First Nation in Brentwood Bay. He is very proud of his two daughters and he also has a beautiful granddaughter who melts his heart. His favorite foods are Indian Tacos and breaded almond chicken from Ocean Garden. He has worked in harm reduction for a year and a half. It makes his heart feel happy to help others after all the help he has received. 

Chass

Peer Responder

(Pronouns: he/him)

Chass is Coast Salish and Blackfoot and has lived in Lekwengun territory his whole life. He is a Leo and loves to eat seafood. He has been working in harm reduction for a year. He loves helping others and it feels good to connect with all the family and friends he has made over the years. 

Jamie Egger

Peer Responder

(Pronouns: she/her)
Jamie is Cree. Bio to come soon.

Skippy

Peer Responder

(Pronouns: he/him)

Skippy is from the Kwadacha and Tsliel-Waututh First Nations. He grew up in North Vancouver and has lived in Lekwengun Territories for 2 years. His favorite meal is Chicken Fettucine Alfredo with ceaser salad and fresh bread and butter. He is a toy collector and R/C enthusiast. He is also an extremely talented ice skater in both figure and hockey. He’s been doing harm reduction work since 2003 and it feels good to be there for someone as someone was there for him when he needed it the most. He believes that the good he does will center the knowledge in the person he is helping and they will  go on to do the same for someone else. 

Sylvia Dick

Peer Responder

(Pronouns: she/her)
Sylvia Dick is an Ahousaht Nation member.  Bio to come soon.
 

Mary MacLeod-Beaver

Administrative Support

(Pronouns: she/her, they/them)

Mary is from Alderville First Nation, a michi saagiig nishnaabeg community located in southern Ontario. She has been living as a guest on lək̓ʷəŋən territory for two years. Currently in the Child and Youth Care program at the University of Victoria, Mary has several years of experience working as a support and resource for Indigenous communities and organizations. 

Angela Courtoreille (Coo-tray) 

Tent/Peer Coordinator

(Pronouns: she/her)

Ange is Cree/ Metis from the Swan River First Nation in Alberta. She studied at Camosun College and has a certificate in Indigenous Family Support and Diploma in Community, Family and Child Studies. She has lived in the beautiful Lekwungen Territories for 10 years with her 3 children.

Justina Seymour

Culture and Wellness Team Lead

(Pronouns: she/her)

Justina Seymour is from the Tsartlip First Nation. She has completed the Indigenous Family Support Certificate Program through Camosun. Justina has also completed the Certificate and Diploma with UVic on Language Proficiency and Revitalization. Justina takes great pride in Coast Salish Culture and is always willing to help with culture.

Christie Robbins

Outreach Worker

(Pronouns: she/her)

Christie is a member of the Namgis Nation located in present day Alert Bay. She has been living in lək̓ʷəŋən territories most of her life while supporting folks who have or are currently experiencing homelessness and/or being precariously housed. Her passion is to build strong relationships with the street family while offering social and cultural supports when appropriate.  She is in her second year at Camosun College studying Criminology. She hopes to work as a probation officer utilizing her skills and knowledge to support Indigenous folks who are engaged with the justice system.

Lacey Jones

Program Director

(Pronouns: she/her)

Lacey Jones is from the Snuneymuxw Nation on her mother’s side and has ancestry to Wales and Germany on her father’s side. She is a mother to two daughters and one stepson. Lacey has completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria. She has been in the helping/support worker field for nearly seven years and has been working outreach for several years. She feels honored and blessed to have met so many beautiful relatives and people over the years.