Directory

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

All seven of our departments play a vital role in the success and balance of our organization. Although each department, program or service might have its own mandate, all of our employees share common goals and visions for Seabird Island.

Jason Campbell
Executive Director
(604) 796-2177

Executive Director

Jason is a Seabird Island Band Member and has family lineage to the Peters family. He has extensive work experience politically and in the public sector. He comes to us from Correctional Service Canada project officer for Aboriginal initiatives holding the section 84 portfolio and community programs officer. He has served 2 terms on the Seabird Island Chief and Council, the past 5 years as director on the Lands Advisory Board, chairs the Stó:lō Community Futures Board of Directors and is a member on the BC RCMP Indigenous Cultural Advisory Committee.

Jason is completing his MBA in Executive Management of Business Administration for Indigenous Business and Leadership and has an educational background in criminology, kinesiology and aboriginal studies.

 

Daryl (Chuck) McNeil
Strategy Advisor
(604) 796-2177

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning is the Self-Government function of Seabird Island. The Strategic Planning portfolio supports the rights of Seabird people and land. The team manages the flow of strategic planning for self-government both internally and externally. In doing so we maintain our membership rosters, Lands & Rights and Title.

As Seabird Island’s Strategy Advisor, 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.

Programs & Services

  • Aboriginal Rights & Title
  • Economic Development
  • Election Planning
  • Lands Leases
  • Laws & By-laws
  • Membership
Nigel Selvadurai
Director Administration & Finance Director
(604) 796-2177

Finance & Administration

Finance & Administration oversees the daily operations of Seabird Island. They design processes to support our community. They provide forward thinking and analysis. They manage our expenditures, revenues, and all aspects of Seabird Island’s financial affairs.

Nigel Selvadurai has been employed with Seabird Island since 2009 as Finance Comptroller. Prior to working with Seabird Island, Nigel worked as an accountant and auditor for Terry D. Mitchell and MNP LLP where he was a part of the Seabird Island Audit Team from 2002 to 2009. Nigel is a Chartered Professional Accountant, who has a Bachelors in Business Administration and is a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager.

During his time as Comptroller for Seabird Island, Nigel lead the Finance team in developing higher level financial controls, full cycle accounting, financial analyst development, audit preparation, financial statement development, cash flow, investing management and the implementation of the purchasing and procurement program. He is passionate about building financial and administrative capacity, to ensure future prosperity of First Nation communities. Nigel has been a part of the Chilliwack community for the past 25 years, where he lives with his two young daughters and lovely wife.

Programs & Services

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Assessment & Taxation
  • CAO’s Office
  • Financial Analysis
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Payroll & Benefits
  • Communications
Dr. Mark Aquash
Director of Education
(604) 796-2177

Education

The Education Department provides a supported and culturally relevant learning environment for students from kindergarten to post-secondary pursuits. The Education team oversees the operations and curriculum at Seabird Island Community School.

Oshogeeshik (Across the Day) is a member of Walpole Island First Nation, Aazhwaakwaa Territory, Ontario, Canada. Nimkeeg Indodem (Thunder Clan), Potawatomi/Ojibwe Anishinaabe, 3rd degree Midewin. Dr. Aquash holds Undergraduate and Master of Education degrees from the University of Minnesota and received a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in education administration from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Dr. Aquash has been a teacher and administrator at the K-12 level and held positions at the post-secondary level as a professor and administrator for many years. His courses focused on educational administration and leadership for aspiring teachers, principals and superintendents of First Nations education.

Mark has been married to the love of his life, Verna (Big Grassy First Nation) for over thirty years. They have four children, grandchildren and a large extended family. Dr. Aquash maintains networks with First Nations, Tribal communities and Indigenous organizations across North America. He has lectured widely on many of his research interests in Canada, the United States and International forums in Peru, Puerto Rico, Greece and New Zealand.

Programs & Services

  • Seabird Island Elementary School
  • Seabird Island High School
  • Post-Secondary Support
Heather McDonald
Director of Health
(604) 796-2177

Health

Health Department provides health programs to First Nations people. They take a holistic view of health with consideration of the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and cultural aspects of overall health and well-being.

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.

Programs & Services

  • Better at Home
  • Child & Family Services
  • Community Health Representatives
  • Community Water
  • Counseling
  • Dental Clinic
  • Doctor Clinic
  • Eye Exams
  • Family Home
  • Foot Care
  • Health Administration
  • Health Drivers
  • Health Services
  • Home & Community Care
  • Legal Clinic
  • License Practical Nurses
  • Mammogram Clinic
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Medical Clinic
  • Men’s Recovery Center
  • Midwife
  • Mobile Diabetes Program
  • Naturopathic Medicine Traditional Healing
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician
  • Residential Support
  • Recovery Homes
  • Social Development (Income Assistance)
  • Traditional Wellness
  • Women’s Recovery Center
Carlene Brown
Director of Early Childhood
(604) 796-2177

Early Childhood Education

All programs operating within Seabird Island Early Childhood Programs base their curriculum around teaching and incorporating the eight pillars; Culture & Language, Family Involvement, Special Needs, Emotional Competency, Nutrition, Health, Education and Social Support.

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.

Programs & Services

  • Aboriginal Infant Development
  • A-PALS
  • B.E.A.R. – Bus for Education
    & Aboriginal Resources
  • Daycare Infants & Toddlers
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ey Qwàl Speech & Language
  • Head Start
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Out of School Care / Summer Program
  • Parents & Tots
  • Preschool 3’s & 4’s
  • Supported Child Development & MCFD
  • Young Parent Education
  • Youth Group & Outings
Greg Cross
Director of Public Works,
Housing and Custodial Services
(604) 796-2177

Public Works, Housing & Custodial Services

The Public Works, Housing & Custodial Services teams are dedicated to being on the cutting edge of many fields through innovation as well as renewable and green technologies. Responsible for the overall planning, development and management of the housing and public works resources and oversees our rental housing units, as well as the security, maintenance and custodial services at our headquarters.

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.

Programs & Services

  • Building Maintenance
  • Community Policing & Security
  • Curbside Garbage, Recycling & Compost Collection
  • Custodial
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Department
  • Future Construction
  • Grounds
  • Home Ownership
  • Housing
  • Housing Maintenance & Renovations
  • Housing Rentals
  • Public Works
  • Sanitation

Managers

Art Andrew
Manager of Public Works
Lolly Andrew
Manager of Child & Family Services
and Mental Health
Erna O’Brien
Manager of Housing

Danielle Gabriel
Lands Manger

Liz Point
Program Manager of Health Services
Richard Parsey
Manager of Technical Support & Services
Teresa Harper
Manager of Records
Kim Shorey
Manager of Human Resources
Jason Ellis
Comptroller

Liz Point
Program Manager of Health Services