Elder’s Program Engagement Project
Reimagining Our Future Together

Building our Elder’s Program for our Elders by our Elders

What is the project? Throughout 2022, the Squamish Nation Elder’s Program with support from Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services), will be actively connecting with Squamish Nation Elders, youth, and community – living within and outside of the community – to hear what you want for the future of your Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh síiyuxwa7 (Squamish Nation Elders) Program. Based on your input we will create a meaningful and inclusive Elder’s Program, for present and future generations, that is rooted in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh values and culture.

Contact the Project Planning Team 

Email: eldersproject@squamish.net 

Phone: 604-987-4646 

Why is the project needed? The existing Elder’s Program (in both the Squamish Valley and North Vancouver) has been identified as a priority area for improvement.​ Elders do not feel connected to their Elder’s Program for a number of reasons. The project will address these concerns by designing an Elder’s Program that is inclusive, well structured, safe, and grounded in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh values, culture and language.

Who is leading it? The project was initiated by the Elder’s Program and Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services), with close support from Yúustway (Health & Wellness). Several other departments are also providing assistance.

The Elder’s Project Action Team (EPAT) guides and leads the project. It includes seven Elders, three Youth, and one Cultural Advisor. ​The Project Planning Team of Nation staff and consulting support provide project coordination, planning & research design, and technical support. The Steering Committee provides oversight and includes Directors and Managers from sponsoring and supporting departments. ​

Who is funding it? Yúustway (Health & Wellness) is generously supporting this project with funding from the First Nations Health Authority. Additional funding is provided by the First Nations Public Services Secretariat.

Get Involved

The Project Planning Team will be at the following events to present information about the project, answer questions, and ask for your ideas. Please join us!

Saturday, June 4, 2022
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Wednesday​, July 27, 2022
Friday, July 29, 2022
August 10, 2022
Tem Ḵw’ey̓ús Community Fair
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Totem Hall
More details
Tem kw’skw’as Summertime Festival
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Chief Joe Mathias Centre parking lot
More details
Elder's Lunch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
North Vancouver Elder's Centre
Amalgamation Day
Elder's Lunch
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Totem Hall
"We Walk Together" Elder’s Project Ceremony and Engagement
11:00 am – 3:00 pm​
Chief Joe Mathias Centre​
"We Walk Together" Elder’s Project Ceremony and Engagement
11:00 am – 3:00 pm​
Totem Hall

February 2022

Communications & Engagement Questionnaire – The questionnaire is now closed. Thank you for your participation! A summary of your valuable feedback can be viewed here

Those who completed the questionnaire were entered into a draw for a prize. The winners, as announced here, are Frank Nahanee, Lawrence McKenney, Denise Bob, Caroline Joseph, and Percy Guerrero. 

Elder’s Project Action Team Nominations – The nomination process is now closed. Thank you for your input. We are thrilled to have received an overwhelming response to our call out! We will aim to notify those who have been shortlisted for the Elder’s Project Action Team by March 1.

Meet the Team

Below you will find the names and bios of the three teams guiding the important work of this project: the Elder’s Project Action Team (EPAT), the Project Planning Team, and the Steering Committee. Click on a name to view that person’s photo. 

The Project Planning Team can be reached at eldersproject@squamish.net or 604-987-4646.

The Elder’s Project Action Team (EPAT) guides and leads the project. It includes seven Elders, three Youth, and one Cultural Advisor. ​Names and bios coming soon!

The Project Planning Team of Nation staff and consulting support provide project coordination, planning & research design, and technical support. 

Lesley Campbell - Manager of Planning, Ta na wa Shéway I7x̱w ta Úxwumixw (Planning & Capital Projects)

Lesley Campbell is Mik’maq from Newfoundland (NL). Her family is from Miawpukek/Conne River (NL) and Antigonish, Nova Scotia and she was raised in Stephenville, NL. She has been living on Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh territory since 2007. Her husband is from Nak’azdli (Fort St. James, B.C.) and they have 4 children ages 15, 14, 9, and almost 3.

Lesley has been working with the Squamish Nation as Manager of Planning with Ta na wa Shéway I7x̱w ta Úxwumixw (Planning & Capital Projects) since January 2021 and considers it an honor to support the Nation in its planning endeavors. One of the key projects she is overseeing is the development of ‘Our Úxwumixw 2050: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh’s Generational Plan’ (formerly the Comprehensive Community Plan or CCP). She brings her planning background and experience working with Indigenous communities to the Elder’s Project planning team and ensures linkages so that the Elder’s knowledge is respected and embedded in the Generational Plan, where appropriate.

Mackenzie Gomez - Project Coordinator, Elder's Program Engagement Project

Mackenzie is of Musqueam (Sparrow Family) and Squamish decent (Nahanee Family) with Italian and Hawaiian ancestry. Her professional experiences include Finance, Administration and Risk Management, more recently transitioning into Yúustway’s Community Health & Wellness Department as the Elder’s Program Engagement Project Coordinator. Mackenzie assists our wonderful team with project planning and coordination, organizing programs, projects and activities to ensure quality service delivery.

Justine Jordan - Coordinator, Elder's Program (Squamish Valley)

Justine has been the Elders Program Coordinator for the Squamish Valley Elders for the past 5 years. She was honoured to receive the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh nickname Cheshá7talut, which means ‘one who is motherly’. She lives up to that name as she is dedicated to advocating for, worrying about, and supporting the Elders in a caring manner. She is grateful for the valuable opportunity to spend her time learning and witnessing the knowledge, skills, and experiences of the Squamish Valley Elders.

Justine grew up in Southwestern Ontario and has lived on the West Coast for 9 years now. She went to McMaster University to study her passion of Gerontology and has worked in various multi-level care facilities for older adults in recreation services. Justine has a love for spending her time camping and adventuring outdoors with her husband and two dogs. She is grateful to be able to live, work and play respectfully on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw ancestral lands.

Kate Kittredge - Project Manager, Elder's Program Engagement Project

Kate grew up in a rural community on southern Vancouver Island as a settler on the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples and is now gratefully living and working in the unceded ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, xʷməθkwəy̓əm, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ/Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Kate is a mother to a busy little boy and loves being active in nature with him, her husband, family, and friends.

Since January 2018 Kate has been working with Squamish Nation’s Yúustway (Health & Wellness) department in administration and project management. She specializes in Indigenous community planning, health administration, and project management. She has worked for over 15 years with First Nations, regional governments, health authorities, non-profits, and community groups in the areas of health administration and planning, comprehensive community planning, mental health and substance use research, organizational development, and food sovereignty/food security. Further afield, Kate has worked in education, planning and community-based research in India, Nepal, and the UK. Her educational background is in Indigenous community planning, anthropology, and project management. Kate considers it a real honour to work with the Squamish Nation and is thrilled to support the Elder’s Program Engagement Project.

Lucie Neliba - Team Leader, Elder's Centre (North/West Vancouver)

Lucie Neliba has been the Elder’s Centre Team Leader in North/West Vancouver for over 2 years. She has a background in Health Sciences, Gerontology and Project Management. Working closely with Justine Jordan, she endeavors to make the Elder’s Program more inclusive and equitable for all Elders, regardless of their location. After much feedback from Elders, they have launched this project and connected with a team of skilled professionals to help put Elder’s feedback into action. Lucie says, “following a year of planning, I am proud the Elder’s Program Engagement Project is launching as this is just the start of good things to come.” Lucie works alongside Sandra Jacobs (Elder’s Coordinator) and Evangeline Nahanee (Elder’s Receptionist) at the Elder’s Centre under Member Services. Together, they support all Elders, on- and off-reserve, outside of Squamish Valley.

Jeff Cook and Paula Hay - Technical Leads, Beringia Community Planning Inc.

Jeff Cook is the Principal of Beringia Community Planning Inc. Jeff is a planning facilitator, consultation and engagement specialist, and educator with over 25 years of award-winning community-based planning and development experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada. 

Paula Hay was born and raised on Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh territory. She has been a Community Planner at Beringia since 2017. She supports a variety of community-led planning, training, and engagement processes with Indigenous communities, including Land Use Planning, Health Planning, and Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP). 

Jeff and Paula bring diverse skills and planning experience to our community. They will be working alongside SN's Project Team and staff to provide technical leadership, research and process support. This includes maintaining regular contact with the Project Team and providing input on the community engagement design, data and results analysis, and communications. They will also provide program and tool development as well as report writing support. 

Jeff and Paula look forward to connecting with Elders and community members and presenting to staff and/ or Squamish Nation Council when needed. Our Planning Team is excited to have their support as our community decides their vision for the Elder's Program.

The Steering Committee provides oversight and includes Directors and Managers from sponsoring and supporting departments. ​

Christine Baker, TlatlaKwot - General Manager, Ayás Mén̓men (Child & Family Services), Ta na wa Ch’awát ta Sx̱wéx̱wel (Squamish Valley Operations)

Christine (TlatlaKwot) is a Member of Squamish Nation (Baker family) and has K’wakwaka’wakw blood thru Cook/Coon/Bee Families. Christine has worked for the Squamish Nation for over 30-35 years, from receptionist, to Housing Administrator, to Project Coordinator, to Employment Manager and now as Squamish Valley Manager, with Yúustway (Health & Wellness) / Ayás Mén̓men (Child & Family Services).

Christine (TlatlaKwot) has been actively involved with her community, from Parent Advisory to Football/Lacrosse manager/driver for her children to Community Involvement as a Squamish Trustee to Squamish Election Commission Member and presently involved with Hiyam Housing Society, Squamish Housing Committee and a Squamish Public Library Trustee, which keeps her busy and involved. As Manager at this position, she has been helping her community with Ayas Lam Family Program to Community Events with our elders and she is grateful to be involved in the Elder’s Program Engagement Project to hear and see what the ‘new’ Elder’s Programming would look like, with all input from our elders.

Glenda Gibbon - Director, Yúustway (Health & Wellness)

Glenda is originally from the Wet’suwet’en Nation, born in Burns Lake, B.C. She is a descendant of the Brown family. Her mother is Elizabeth Brown and her late father is Glen Kerr. She has worked in Indigenous Health for 16 years working in several Indigenous communities on Vancouver Island as well as working in remote communities in coastal B.C. Glenda has also worked in various roles for InterTribal Health and the University of Victoria and holds a degree in First Nations Studies and an Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership.

Glenda is passionate about supporting Indigenous communities in their health and wellness journeys and has been honoured to serve as Director of Health & Wellness for Squamish Nation since January 2020. Glenda is proud to support the Elder’s Program Engagement Project, and is grateful to live, learn, work, and play on the traditional unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation.

Josie Harry, Kw’x’aliya - Manager, Administrative Services, Ta na wa Ch’awát ta Sx̱wéx̱wel (Squamish Valley Operations)

Tiná chen tl’a Kowtain uxwemixw – I come from Kowtain village. Josie’s husband/high school sweetheart is from Swan River First Nations and they have two adult children (son 26 & daughter 18). Her parents are James and Linda Harry. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking her puppy “Georgia”, and crafting projects. Kw’x’aliya has been working for the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw for the past 12 years. Her role is Manager of Administrative Services & the Elder's Program in the Squamish Valley. Her numerous teams are Totem Hall Administrative staff, Membership Services Officer, Finance, and the SV Elders Team.

Monica Jacobs - Director, Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services)

Photo and bio coming soon

Jordan Ann Joseph, Sxwelhchaliya - Associate Director, Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway (Member Services)

Jordan Ann is a Squamish Nation Member and the daughter of the Late Julie (nee: Newman) and Jerry Baker, and her Grandparents are the late Harry and Florence Newman and Joe and Ann Baker. Jordan Ann with her husband Lance Joseph Jr. have a son, Owen Joseph.

Having started with the Squamish Nation in 2010, Jordan Ann has excelled at managing a variety of administrative functions with a high standard and keen eye for organizational workflow, information management, and coordination of services and initiatives. Her connection to community and family have brought an empathetic perspective to the decisions and creative thinking required to be successful in ensuring continued positive impact for the Squamish Nation. Her education background is based in Business Leadership and Administration and is currently working on her Executive Masters of Business Administration with SFU. Jordan is enthusiastic to support the work of the project.

Bob Sokol - Director, Ta na wa Shéway I7x̱w ta Úxwumixw (Planning & Capital Projects)

Bob Sokol is a planner with 30 years of experience working with communities to achieve their desired futures. His work with the Squamish Nation is focused on engaging with Squamish Nation Members to chart a course for a sustainable and vibrant future for the Nation encompassing land use, culture, language, health, housing and the environment. Bob was appointed as Director of Planning & Capital Projects for Squamish Nation in January 2020. Bob will provide planning guidance to the Elder's Project and will support linkages with other planning work such as SN’s Generational Plan.