CURRENT TEAM MEMBERS

 

Kim van der woerd (Principal)
is a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation from Alert Bay, BC.

Kim completed her PhD in Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and her dissertation research focused on a comprehensive participatory evaluation of a Federally funded First Nations substance abuse treatment centre. Kim has over 20 years of experience conducting local, provincial and national program evaluations, and conducting research. Kim has received the following awards and distinctions for her research and evaluation work:

  • Canadian Evaluation Society - Contributions to Evaluation in Canada Award 2014
  • Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Methodology or Practice, 2007
  • Lorne M. Kendall Memorial Scholarship - Thesis award
  • Fellowships from:
    • Canadian Institute for Health Research – Institute for Aboriginal People's Health
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
    • BC Health Research Foundation
    • Canadian Health Service Research Foundation
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Billie Joe Rogers (Director of  Evaluation and research)
is an Ojibwe member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Billie Joe completed her PhD in the Psychology and Law program at Simon Fraser University. The focus of Billie Joe's dissertation concentrated on the needs and strengths of Aboriginal young offenders living with FASD. Billie Joe has worked with Reciprocal Consulting since 2010 and is passionate about ensuring research and evaluation is done in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner. In addition to her work, Billie Joe ensures that she has time to volunteer, as she has the desire and commitment to give back to the community. In the past, she has volunteered with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, with the Indigenous Student Centre at SFU as both a peer mentor and academic tutor to first year Aboriginal students, and with many of the Metro Vancouver YWCA youth programs. 

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Samantha Tsuruda
Sam’s indigenous roots lie in the Spuzzum First Nation in the Fraser Valley.

Sam’s indigenous roots lie in the Spuzzum First Nation in the Fraser Canyon, and is grateful to have been born and raised on unceded Coast Salish territory. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UVic, and a Master in Public Health degree from UBC, with a focus on Aboriginal health research. For the practicum portion of her Masters, Sam worked at the University of Auckland in New Zealand to develop culturally relevant pedagogy to foster safe spaces for bicultural learning. Sam is extremely grateful to have been working with Reciprocal Consulting for over five years, engaging in community-based evaluation and research through a social justice lens. Passionate about youth health, Sam is fortunate to have had the opportunity to take a lead on the Raven’s Children III report on Aboriginal youth health in 2012 at McCreary Centre Society, and more recently served on the Advisory Committee of Raven’s Children IV. She is now the Chair of McCreary’s Board of Directors, and plans to begin her PhD next year.

Monique Auger
Monique Auger is Métis, a citizen of the Métis Nation Greater Victoria and Métis Nation British Columbia.

She holds a Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. For her thesis, she worked with her community to explore the meaning of cultural continuity and mental health for Métis people in BC. She is a board member with the Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective and served on the board of the YWCA Metro Vancouver. She has also been very fortunate to have many meaningful research and policy positions with the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria, Sasamans (‘Our Children’) Society, the Aboriginal Healthy Living Branch at the Ministry of Health, the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, and the Institute of Aboriginal Health at the UBC. She is grateful for her Métis community and the urban Indigenous community in Vancouver, both of which continually shape and strengthen her identity as an Indigenous woman.

Cassidy Caron
Cassidy Caron is Métis and a proud member of Métis Nation British Columbia.

Cassidy graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in First Nations Studies and History. After obtaining her BA, Cassidy was accepted to the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program where she gained experience in policy and research with the BC Public Service. She completed her internship program with Reciprocal Consulting where she found her passion working with and learning from Aboriginal communities.  Upon completion of the internship program, Cassidy began working with Reciprocal Consulting full time and continues to grow her interests and experience in research and program evaluation in preparation for future graduate studies.

SOFIA VITALIS
Sofia was born on the unceded territories of Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

She has indigenous and mestiza roots from Colombia, South America. She recently completed a Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University majoring in sociology, with a strong interest and passion for both First Nations studies and global Indigenous studies.  Having the privilege to work with and learn from indigenous communities in BC and internationally, is something that she is very grateful for.

DANETTE JUBINVILLE 
DANETTE JUBINVILLE IS PLAINS CREE AND ANISHINAABE WITH ROOTS TO THE PASQUA FIRST NATION IN TREATY 4 TERRITORY.

Danette has a bachelor’s degree in First Nations and Indigenous Studies from UBC, and has held a number of different community engagement and research related positions with the UBC First Nations House of Learning, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, the Urban Native Youth Association, the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. Danette is passionate about the work she has been involved with at the UBC Farm Indigenous Health Garden, and with the YWCA’s Aboriginal Mentorship program. Danette will be on maternity leave starting in December 2015. 

 

SOME OF OUR PAST TEAM MEMBERS

Sophie Bender-Johnston
is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash unceded First Nation at Neyaashiinigmiing and is currently in the Midwifery program at Ryerson University.

Keisha Charnley
is from the Katzie First Nation and is currently in the Midwifery program at UBC. 

Nicole Muir
is a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and is currently in the PhD program in Psychology at Simon Fraser University

Matt Ward
is a queer Indigenous person from Driftpile Cree Nation in northern Alberta and completed his undergraduate degree at UBC Vancouver. 

Kylee Swift
is a Métis woman from Maple Ridge, British Columbia and the mother of two. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.

Scott Franks
is Métis from La Ronge, Saskatchewan and is a member of the Nova Metis Heritage Association in Surrey, British Columbia. Scott is an alumni of McGill University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Political Science. 

Brittany Bingham
is a member of the Sechelt Nation on the Sunshine Coast, BC. Brittany completed her B.A. (honours) in Psychology and Master’s in Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She is currently working on her PhD in Health Sciences also at Simon Fraser University. 

Justin Wiebe
is michif (Métis) from Saskatoon, SK. He holds a Master’s Degree in Planning at UBC focusing on Indigenous Community Planning.

 

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