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

Carolyne Neufeld
Carolyne NeufeldDirector of Health and Social Development
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Carolyne Neufeld joined Seabird Island as a Nurse in 1997. Today as Director of Health and Social Development, she leads Health teams for nursing, physician, dental, early childhood, child & family services and mental health as well as develops health services relationships with partner communities.

Carolyne has been involved in health for the past 25 years. She is passionate about programs that meet the needs of the people at the community level. Carolyne sits on various committees at the local and regional level that support First Nations people. Since joining the Health team in 1997 Carolyne has overseen the tremendous growth of the Department from having only 3 employees and providing only a handful of services to employing over 200 individuals and offering over 50 different services.

Carolyne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of British Columbia, as well as a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from Trinity Western University.

Greg Cross
Greg CrossDirector of Public Works, Housing and Custodial Services
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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.

Laurie Bizero
Laurie BizeroDirector of Education
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Laurie has a diverse educational and administrative background in First Nations, district and international education. she have worked as a Teacher, Dean of Arts, Vice-Principal, Principal, Director of Education, Superintendent of Education, University Professor in the Department of Education, Researcher and Educational Consultant. She value strategic planning for department, staff and student success. Immediate and long term successes are celebrated in this framework.

Lisa Douglas
Lisa DouglasDirector of Finance and Administration
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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
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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
Puneet VanniarManager of Human Resources
Carlene BrownProgram Manager of Early Childhood
Danielle GabrielManager of Lands
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