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In each community the “Preparing Our Home” program brings together knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated teachers, mentors, role models and Elders to share their skills and knowledge with the youth and community.

Photographer Melody Charlie teaching at Ahousat First Nation. Photo credit Timur Reynolds

The Preparing Our Home program benefited from teachings and contributions of the following community leaders:

Melody Charlie, Councillor, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Ucluelet First Nation, an award winning First Nation Photographer

Wes Nahanee, Coast Salish Master Carver, Canoe Skipper

Qaamina Hunter, Master Carver, Ahousaht First Nation

Keith Knott, Former Chief, Curve Lake First Nation

Councillor Deborah Jacobs, Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Holder, Curve Lake First Nation

Mindy Knott, Community Aboriginal Recreation Activator, Curve Lake First Nation Community Centre

Jay Tuuchii Millar,
Emergency Response Coordinator, Operation’s Section Chief, Master Carver, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Ucluelet First Nation

Casey Gabriel, Chair, Xet̓ólacw Community School Safety Committee, Educational Assistant, Volunteer Firefighter, Certified First Aid Attendant, Lil’wat Nation

Sandy Bernice Henry, Educational Assistant, Xet̓ólacw Community School

Troy Bikadi, Community Safety Officer, Lil’wat Nation

Cheryl Thomasson, Teacher at Xet̓ólacw Community School

Ketchkie Frank, Teacher at Maaqtusiis School, Ahousaht, British Columbia, Canada

Luke Swan, Councillor, Fisheries Manager, Emergency Management Coordinator, Ahousaht First Nation

Bettina Falloon, MA DEM, Program Manager, Emergency Management Division, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Co-Chair, CHRNet Young Professionals Committee

Dannie Richards | Response Readiness Coordinator, Western Canada Marine Response Corp