Foundations Instructors

ALICE JOE

Communications and Digital Marketing

Alice Joe is a Nłeʔkepmx creative services professional specializing in visual communication design. She grew up in the Nicola Valley on the Shulus reservation just outside of Merritt, British Columbia. Her education includes a Bachelor of Fine Art from Thompson Rivers University as well as a Diploma in Applied Arts-Graphics from Vancouver Island University.

In addition to operating a graphic design consulting business she works at Vancouver Island University where she is a graphic designer and print services coordinator. In the past she has worked as a communications manager for a non-profit arts organization as well as an art director for a magazine publishing company.

She is passionate about using storytelling and visual design as a means of Indigenous language preservation and revitalization. You can view many of her projects at alicejoe.com.

Angela Sladen

Hi!  My name is Angela.  I am a member of the Tahltan Nation and a Director on the Tahltan Central Government Board.  

I am married, mom to 5 biological children, foster mom to many more children, and grandma to 11 amazing grandchildren.My first career (in addition to homeschooling 10 children) was in the health and wellness industry as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and gym owner.  

After my children moved out to begin their own lives, I went back to school for an MBA and have worked as an Executive Director in several Aboriginal organizations.  As a long-time business owner, I became very interested in all things “online” and technical.  My interest spilled over into being hired to build hundreds of websites and online marketing platforms for others.  

In my free time, when we are not babysitting our grandchildren, I garden, play piano (I taught for 10 years), read, write, travel, and continue to further my education. I look forward to finding out what makes you excited about life!

CHRIS HARRISON

GIS / GPS MAPPING

Chris Harrison is happy to be chosen as one of the new course instructors for the FNTC program. He has 20 years of experience working directly for and with Indigenous groups and communities in Canada, Latin America, and South East Asia. The majority of his projects involve community based participatory research, advanced geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing applications. He has based his career on hands-on technical services, training, and support for Indigenous organizations and communities.

His most recent project work (2018- current) focuses on GIS and remote sensing analysis for a water harvesting project in Northern Nicaragua. The project will ultimately supply communities with new and effective water collection and management systems, tools to strengthen their resilience and ability to adapt to climate change.

Since 2007 Chris has developed course curriculum and taught courses at several different colleges and universities, including applied GIS/GPS and field work courses for Aboriginal environmental monitoring programs. The program courses designed to directly increase Aboriginal employment opportunities in the environmental monitoring field.

Chris actively keeps pace with the dynamic field of GIS/GPS and remote sensing applications. These technologies are always changing, creating new and advanced yet more user-friendly ways to do sophisticated community-based project work.

CLAYTON SCHROEDER

Web Development and Coding

Clayton Schroeder, of Tzeachten First Nation, is a software developer at Compass Resource Management and analyze alternatives to make better decisions through a web-based application. Previously, Clayton attended UBC Okanagan where he completed his undergraduate degree in business management. Shortly after, he completed the web development boot camp at Lighthouse Labs. When he’s not working on software, you will likely find him talking, watching, or playing hockey or soccer.

DAN CLOUSTON

Computer Basics and Professional Practice / Web Development and Coding / Software Testing / GIS GPS MAPPING

Hi, I’m Dan! I’m really glad to be part of the FNTC/NVIT family. A bit about the journey that led me here: I studied astrophysics at UBC, and for a short time after worked as an astronomer. For the past five years, I’ve been employed as a satellite systems engineer at a Vancouver-based aerospace company. My recent projects have focused on creating innovative space-based technology.

I’m also passionate about education, particularly as a means to empower others. I volunteer with children and youth at a Boys & Girls Club in East Vancouver, providing mentoring and academic tutoring. I also previously worked as a science communicator at an astronomy museum, and completed a certificate course in “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education”. As an educator, I strive to teach with an open mind and open heart.

I love fresh air and exploring, particularly around the Pacific Northwest. Rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, swimming… really anything that’ll get me outside. I recently traveled around BC in a camper van, and spent a month canoeing a wild river in the NWT/Yukon. These experiences offer me a chance to connect with myself and the world around me.

I look forward to meeting you!

Daryl Silva

Journeyman electrician, a computer systems technology degree, Provincial Instructors Diploma in progress. As a status, Squamish Nation member Daryl has worked for the nation running housing and capitol works projects up to 2million dollars. He has worked for the government of Canada delivering software and security programs as well as training in the community. For over 16 years he was field tech for Shaw Cable as well as telecom and service trainer.

He has delivered programs for Okanagan College for women in trades, electrical and trades’ planner-Construction Crafter Worker2. Recently contracted to deliver a first of its kind in a Canada for an Aboriginal Public Works Program were 15 students started and 15 graduated an independent ASTTBC exam. Lastly, Daryl has worked with the 6 Sylix-Okanagan Nation as a trade’s coordinator with over 150 varied trades students and in more than 20 separate trades. His proudest moments are getting married and being a three-time dad. Daryl loves to share his enthusiasm for education and wishes all past and present students a safe and healthy journey.

RSE, CSTBtech, PIDP, MCSE, CCNA, MCP, A+, N+

ERICA HARGREAVE

Communications and Digital Marketing / Web Development and Coding

Erica Hargreave, the Founder and Creative Head of Ahimsa Media and Roamancing, specializes in creating cross-platform media and immersive storyworlds. In fact, she’s been doing this before there were terms for this form of storytelling, which led her to create of one of the earlier digital / transmedia storytelling companies.

Over the years, Erica has written for TV, magazines, books, the web, and the education sector. She’s worked as a creative producer for TV and theatre, directed, and starred in her own TV Show. Ultimately the adventures she’s had telling stories and speaking around the world, lead her to create the digital travel and culture magazine, Roamancing. Her goal with Roamancing is to uncover the beauty around this world of ours, and increase cultural understanding. In this bent, Erica and her team are currently developing cross platform storytelling campaigns and web series to do just that.

Erica also loves helping others to use technology to craft their storyworlds, and build and engage niche communities around their stories. Technology and storytelling aside, Erica also loves learning about different culture, indulging in the arts, relaxing in nature, concocting and sampling tasty foods, introducing herself to the various furry creatures that she meets in her travels, and her crazy little cat Ella.

JESSICA HAK HEPBURN

GIS / GPS MAPPING

Jessica graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Geography specializing in Environment and Sustainability. Focusing her studies on GIS and Cartography satisfied her inherent curiosity to better understand spatial problems and visualize results creatively. She has done GIS analysis for multiple projects spanning landscape ecology, socio-economics, and land-use mapping. After completing her studies, she worked as a GIS analyst to help combat invasive species in the Lower Mainland.

When she is not digging into data, you can find Jessica camping somewhere on the Pacific Northwest

KERRY REDMAN

Computer Basics and Professional Practice / Communications and Digital Marketing

Kerry Redman is from Algonquin territory (Ottawa River Valley) and has roots in the Greater Golden Lake community on both her mother and father’s side. Kerry has worked more than 10 years as a writer, consultant, and Indigenous communication specialist, with special interest in sharing stories, language and culture, self-governance, and digital sovereignty. She is a graduate of the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University (BAPC).

LAUREN TEKANO

GIS / GPS Mapping

Lauren is the Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with the Firelight Group. She holds a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Victoria, where she concentrated in Environment & Sustainability and has recently obtained her Masters in Geomatics for Environmental Management (M.G.E.M.), through the University of British Columbia’s Forestry Department. Her Master’s research project focused on quantifying and mapping forest coverage change due to natural and anthropogenic disturbances in the Squamish River Valley, B.C. Through her studies, she has developed a strong interest in using GIS and remote sensing strategies for problem solving, storytelling and ecological analyses, which lead her to pursue a career in GIS and mapping.

MO OLLEK

Computer Basics and Professional Practice / Communication and Digital Marketing / Network Set Up and Support / Web Development and Coding / Software Testing

Hi, I am Mo Ollek and I am a recently retired teacher living in Merritt, BC. I have taught a variety of Business Education and Computer Courses at Merritt Secondary School including the Microsoft Office Suite, Robotics, Applied Digital Communications, Robotics, Java, JavaScript, Visual Basic, and Webpage Design (HTML5, CSS). I have a BA – Political Science (UBC), BA-Education (U of Victoria), and a MA –Educational Technology (U of Calgary).

My passions are music, mountain biking, and tennis. I also spend far too much time with my grandchildren. As an educator, I endeavor to help students find their passion and learn skills that will help contribute to their community.

I look forward to our adventure together.

NEECHA KLEE

Web Development and Coding

Neecha Klee is a member of Atikameksheng Anishinawbek First Nation (previously Whitefish Lake). She grew up in Ontario and has studied User Experience Design and Web Development disciplines with both Algonquin College and General Assembly. Her experience consists of a variety of design and development skills involving research, prototyping, and implementation.

Her skills in this field have given her the privilege of being employed with Algonquin College as a peer tutor during her studies. Additionally, she has worked with Carleton University as a research student developing an online database for a project with their Film Department. Along with her passion for learning, she has a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and helping others in their academic journey.

Nick Adamson

Hi, I’m Nick! Here’s a bit about me: I completed a B. Sc in Physics at the University of British Columbia and upon graduation worked as a Building Science Consultant studying the thermal efficiency of building envelopes. Although this work was interesting, I quickly realized that I wanted to follow my true passion of teaching.

After completing my B. Ed, I taught Britannia Secondary School in East Vancouver where my colleagues and I collaborated with local elders and community members to pilot the Britannia Indigenous STEM program. In September 2019, I moved to Smithers, BC where I work as a substitute teacher when I’m not teaching with FNTC/NVIT. In my spare time, you will most likely find me enjoying the peace and quiet of the outdoors or cooking up a storm for my friends.

Rhiannon Jones

Rhiannon Jones is an educator from Whitehorse, Yukon. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education from Vancouver Island University. She is a Level 1 Certified Google Educator, and is currently completing a Diploma in Educational Technology from Queen’s University.

Rhiannon has previously worked in urban planning, community engagement, floral design, and in a variety of educational roles. As executive producer of an outdoor family adventure race series in New Zealand and Australia and as a ‘neighbourhood animator’ for the City of London she created communications plans, graphic design content, and digital marketing materials. Rhiannon is passionate about making learning locally relevant, incorporating nature into learning, and using technology creatively. She is an enthusiastic communicator who loves learning from her students as much as she loves sharing ideas.

On her free time, you can find Rhiannon on backcountry adventures, roadtrips, working on art projects, listening to podcasts, and playing soccer. She recently moved to Victoria and looks forward to getting to know people and places from across the province.

Roselynn Verwoord

Roselynn Verwoord is an educator, facilitator, and curriculum developer, who has worked in a variety of formal and informal educational settings both locally and internationally. She holds applied and subject matter expertise in the fields of educational pedagogy, curriculum development, adult education, leadership development, and community development. Roselynn is a faculty member in the Adult Education program at the University of the Fraser Valley and provides consulting services to a variety of organizations through her educational consulting company.

In addition to her teaching and consulting, Roselynn works as a Curriculum Consultant at the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), to support departments and units to design and develop curriculum and related courses and materials. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Curriculum as well as a Master of Arts in Society, Culture, and Politics in Education. She is currently completing a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC.

STEPHANIE TRENHOLM

Computer Basics and Professional Practice / Communications and Digital Marketing / Web Development and Coding

I am a member of Homalco First Nation, which is also where I grew up. My parents are Alison and Dale Trenholm, and my grandparents are Richard Harry, Catherine Naknakim, and Milo and Sheila Trenholm. Although Homalco’s reserve, where I grew up and where my parents still live, is near Campbell River, Homalco’s traditional territory is in Bute Inlet near the Sunshine Coast.

Kelowna has been my home since 2014, where I’ve worked as a communications officer at Westbank First Nation and, more recently, a communications advisor at the City of Kelowna. One thing I love about working in local government communications is being able to find new and innovative ways to connect residents with their government so they can be involved in some the decisions being made.

I completed my undergrad at the University of Victoria, graduating with a BA in English literature and professional writing. Recognizing that there was still a lot more to learn in the field of communications, I recently went back to school and completed a Master of Arts degree in professional communication through Royal Roads University. My MA research focused on how Indigenous local governments can weave traditional knowledge into digital communication in a way that supports self-determination.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, running, cycling, playing ultimate frisbee, and trying out new restaurants. Our cat Zoey also appreciates when we just

hang out at home and watch a good movie or TV series, so she can curl up next to us on the sofa.

I’m very excited to join the Foundations program as an instructor and look forward to sharing my passion for technology, communications, and marketing!

Trisha Sarker

Trisha Sarker, MA, is the Executive Director of Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC). Trisha has been with FIC since 2010. She provides strategic counsel for FIC’s corporate affairs, public policy, and professional communications; she coordinates events and executes national campaigns. Trisha organizes FIC’s media and governmental relations, both federally and provincially. She is an accomplished business communications professional with a proven track record of influencing public opinion, policy, and legislative changes across Canada. She is heavily involved in many FIC initiatives such as music licensing tariffs, fitness tax credits, National Health and Fitness Day, Prescription to Get Active, etc.

Trisha has been a university-level communications instructor since 2013. She is a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan University, teaching courses in Advanced Business Writing as well as Communication and Human Interaction. Trisha is also a course instructor at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Trisha is currently working on her Doctor of Social Sciences from Royal Roads University. Her dissertation is blending her two passions, physical activity and education. In her doctoral study, Trisha is examining the links between the outcomes of physical exercise on the academic success of post-secondary students. The goal of this research aims to promote social and economic change.

Trisha is immersed in the arts with her classical training as a Bharatanatyam dancer. She is an international performer, sharing her art with the world. Trisha teaches and choreographs various styles of East Indian dancing as a Fine Arts Instructor for the City of Edmonton. As a teacher, she finds that her leadership skills are constantly evolving; as a choreographer, she finds herself developing creative presentation ideas; and as a performer, she finds motivation through sharing her inspiration with others.

VJ TERZIC

Computer Basics and Professional Practice

“Vanja (VJ) Terzic works as a consultant and business instructor. VJ has nearly ten years of experience in the energy sector within Canada, with an emphasis on project management and business development. While completing his MBA at UBC, he piloted a program delivering entrepreneurship business training to Indigenous communities in BC. He has also volunteered as a business instructor delivering content to students in Nairobi, Kenya and continues to volunteer as with Junior Achievement BC to develop financial literacy skills in youth across BC. Currently, VJ also supports RADIUS, SFU’s social innovation hub, as Incubation Programs Manager to help nurture radical ideas into useful solutions. He loves instructing on behalf of FNTC and especially appreciates the connections he makes with students and the communities he has been proud to serve in. He’s always eager for an upcoming opportunity with FNTC!

When not hard at work, VJ can be found playing basketball at Kits beach, conquering the local mountains, or getting lost in a book. “

Futures Instructors

MITCH KRUPP

MITCH KRUPP

GIS / GPS Mapping

BIO COMING SOON

Drone Stewardship Instructors

PANO SKRIVANOS

Drone Stewardship Program

Pano Skrivanos has been working with Indigenous communities for many years as Senior Manager of the GIS and Information Management Program at Inlailawatash Limited Partnership. He provides expertise in the areas of land use planning, forestry, surveying, marine conservation, archaeology, wildlife habitat analysis, and forest carbon. Pano also specializes in land use and occupancy research, and more recently, optical and LiDAR mapping using drones. Pano has a BSc. in Geography from the University of Victoria, an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and an MSc. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia.

Pano says, “The course is going to be really interesting. I mean drones are interesting. These are machines that fly around and can do really cool stuff. It’s going to be a really good opportunity. It’s going to open up doors for people to do all kinds of neat stuff in their communities.”

Pano’s great-grandmother is from Tia’amin Nation.

IAIN BOX

Drone Stewardship Program 

Iain Box is a professional technical pilot and corporate trainer. He has years of experience providing flight training programs for airlines, air traffic controllers, and civil aviation authorities in all parts of the world. He is known for his dynamic, motivating and humorous speaking style along with an immense passion for aviation. Since 2015 he has been delivering Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) training across Canada, and is actively operating under a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).
 
In addition to being a licenced RPAS Flight Reviewer (examiner), he is a licenced Transport Canada Commercial pilot with type ratings in the Boeing 737NG, and the Airbus A320 family. He also holds both a Transport Canada and FAA Airline Dispatch Licence and is a certified examiner for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada). Iain is a proud member of Unmanned Systems Canada.