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

Kim completed her PhD in Psychology at Simon Fraser University 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
    • Native Education Centre Aboriginal Health Careers Graduate Fellowship

Billie Joe Rogers
is an Ojibwe member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation

and is currently a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University in the Law and Psychology program. Billie Joe completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, and her Master of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD research builds on her Masters and focuses on the needs and strengths of Aboriginal young offenders living with FASD. Billie Joe began working with Reciprocal Consulting in the fall of 2010, and would like to continue working in the field of justice in an evaluation capacity. In addition to her education and 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’s Recreation program, with the Indigenous Student Centre at SFU as both a Peer Mentor to first year Aboriginal students and as an academic tutor to Aboriginal students, and with many of the Metro-Vancouver YWCA programs.


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 Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies, with an interdisciplinary focus on health sciences and research and is an Master of Science candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. For her thesis, she is working 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 was recently nominated to 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 was born on the unceded territories of Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

She has indigenous and mestiza roots from Colombia, South America. She is in her third year 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 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. 


Sophie Bender-Johnston
Sophie Bender-Johnston is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation at Neyaashiinigmiing.

Sophie holds a Bachelor of Arts in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. She completed a research practicum with the McCreary Centre Society, researching the mental health of Indigenous youth in British Columbia. She is also a birth doula and a founding member of the ekwí7tl indigenous doula collective, where expecting Indigenous mothers are offered support and advocacy. Sophie is very excited to be working with Reciprocal Consulting and develop her interests in Indigenous health and research skills. She is grateful for her nation, mentors, peers, and to be living on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.



Keisha Charnley
is from the Katzie First Nation and is currently completing an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science with a focus on Indigenous Peoples & Land Health at UBC. 

Nicole Muir
is a member of the Metis 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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