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:
BC Achievement Foundation - BC Community Contributions Award 2018 & the Mitchell Award 2018
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
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
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.
kylee is a métis woman, with family roots in the red river valley.
Kylee Swift completed her BA in English Literature at Simon Fraser University and is an experienced evaluator. Kylee began work with Reciprocal Consulting in 2005, and since that time has had the opportunity to evaluate a number of diverse Indigenous programs across Canada. Kylee is also an experienced editor, and spent several years working in the area of shared governance in higher education. Kylee is the mother of three, and is passionate about advancing equity and social justice in Canada for all Indigenous peoples.
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.
Sarah is Anishinaabe and a member of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First nation.
She has a Master’s in Development Practice in Indigenous Development from the University of Winnipeg. Her research focused on holistic Indigenous maternal health and the repatriation of birthing in Northern Manitoba. Through her master’s program, she also completed an international field placement with Wai Research, the research arm of an urban Māori organization, Te Whānau o Waipareira, in Auckland, New Zealand. She also attended the University of Guelph where she completed a BA in International Development Studies with an emphasis in Gender and Development and a minor in Anthropology.
amber is a member of Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Alberta and Montana.
She has resided on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples for 7 years. Amber is currently pursuing two degrees at Simon Fraser University, in the areas of Political Science and First Nations Studies. Her focus has been centered on upholding Indigenous women and children in the field of social and climate justice. Amber has had the opportunity to work for the Yuusnewas Aboriginal Youth Program at YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society as a facilitator and outreach educator, Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Aboriginal Women, the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society’s Recreation program, and volunteer for the Metro-Vancouver YWCA’s Circle of Sisters Program.
Sam’s indigenous roots lie in the Spuzzum First Nation in the Fraser Valley.
Sam 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 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.
SOME OF OUR PAST TEAM MEMBERS
is Métis and a member of Métis Nation British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Vancouver Island University, and is pursuing future studies.
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.
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. 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.
is Plains Cree and Anishanaabe with roots to the Pasqua First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory. Danette is completing her Masters degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. Her thesis is focusing on the resilience of Indigenous mothers, and the relationship between racism and birth outcomes.
is from the Katzie First Nation and is currently in the Midwifery program at UBC.
is a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and is currently in the PhD program in Psychology at Simon Fraser University
is a queer Indigenous person from Driftpile Cree Nation in northern Alberta and completed his undergraduate degree at UBC Vancouver.
is michif (Métis) from Saskatoon, SK. He holds a Master’s Degree in Planning at UBC focusing on Indigenous Community Planning.