The people behind Seabird Island

Building great services depends on great people. There are more than 300 staff members behind the services offered every day – from Doctors to Financial Analysts.

Chief Administrative Officer

Daryl (Chuck) McNeil
Daryl (Chuck) McNeilChief Administrative Officer
(604) 796-2177

As Seabird Island’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chuck is responsible for Seabird Island’s day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s development and strategy. Chuck was raised on Seabird Island and began working as Chief Administrative Officer (previously Band Manager) over 30 prosperous years ago. Through his vision, the work of the Directors, and the support of Chief and Council, Seabird Island has flourished into the company it is today.

Director’s team

Carlene BrownDirector of Early Childhood
(604) 796-2177

Carlene Brown has been with the Early Childhood Development here at Seabird Island for the past 20 years, starting out as the Daycare manager and gradually incorporating all the Early Childhood Development programs under one roof.  She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for the past 32 plus years and holds her ECE, Infant/Toddler and Special Needs Certificates.

Carlene believes that the 1st years of every child’s life is when  the foundation of  their life-long learning journey is set. Her goal is to have all the Early Childhood Programs at Seabird Island positive, educational and inclusive.

Greg Cross
Greg CrossDirector of Public Works, Housing and Custodial Services
(604) 796-2177

Greg began working for Seabird Island in September of 2016. His background is in construction and civil engineering, with over 25 years experience and knowledge in Public Works operations in roads, drainage, water, sewer, fleet, sanitation, and SCADA and has been involved in Health & Safety initiatives and staff development.

Heather McDonaldActing Director of Health
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Heather MacDonald has been employed with Health for nearly ten years. During that time she has developed and implemented programs such as the Elders College and Better at Home. She has also supported all the Health Programs around policies, procedures and supported Health staff around professional development. Heather has been a nurse for over 30 years. She is the mother of two grown boys and lives with her husband, boys and dogs in North Vancouver.

Henrie de BoerActing Director of Community Development
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Henrie de Boer started with Seabird 5 years ago, as work experience coordinator for Seabird College students.  She then stepped into the role of executive assistant to Carolyne Neufeld for the Health Department and is now Acting Director of Community Services. She has a Master’s degree in Adult Education from University of British Columbia.  She has a work history in healthcare research and in evidence based occupational health and safety for healthcare workers in BC. She is passionate about serving the community through teamwork, with accountability and with creativity and playfulness.

Lisa Douglas
Lisa DouglasDirector of Finance and Administration
(604) 796-2177

Lisa Douglas is from Cheam First Nation and has been Director of Finance and Administration since 2007. Prior to working at Seabird Island, Lisa worked for Stó:lō Nation for 11 years and has entrepreneurial experience in several industries.

Lisa is a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager and has been on the Stó:lō Community Futures board since 2003.

Marie Vander Heiden
Marie Vander HeidenDirector of Lands & Government Affairs
(604) 796-2177

Marie Vander Heiden (Liimatta), comes with a Masters in Environment Education & Communications, MBA.C and; a Bachelor of Science.

Marie is recognized as an environmental and sustainability professional in Canada, with a career that spans over 20 years in diverse roles that include: Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Climate Change & Adaptation, Leadership and Communications, Renewable Energy and Indigenous – First Nations Relations. She holds: First Nations Alliance for Lands Management; National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association; First Nations Governance Leadership Certificate; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Lands, Housing and Registration (FNLRS-INAC). Work History: 8 yr – United Nations ENV Sustainability Consultant, 4 years Director Biology eco-CAN (Marine), 10 years Naval Communicator & Navigation Officer (Can Forces); 5 yr – Search & Rescue, Canadian Coast Guard (DFO); 2 yr – English Teacher (Japan); 14 yr Commercial Fisherman 45 foot troller out of Kyuquot BC.

Marie enjoys fly fishing, volunteer efforts and most importantly, spending quality time in the great outdoors with her husband Mike (22 yr) and daughter Leila, both members of the Xat’sull First Nation.

With love and great respect…

Manager’s team

Art AndrewManager of Public Works
Lolly AndrewManager of Child & Family Services and Mental Health
Erna O'BrienManager of Housing
Hans WegenerManager of IT Enterprise Technology
Jen AndrewProgram Manager of Custodial Services
Liz PointProgram Manager of Health Services
Nigel SelvaduraiManager of Finance & Comptroller
Richard ParseyManager of Technical Support & Services
Teresa HarperManager of Records