Rick Hewson, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Rick is both an executive leader and financial professional with over 20 years’ experience working with First Nations Communities and Businesses across Canada at both a government level and with the nations directly. He has an extensive background as a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer with publicly traded and privately held companies locally, nationally and internationally achieving the vision, goals and objectives established for success.

In his brief tenure with the Hupačasath First Nation he holds both the Chief Executive Officer’s role and the Chief Financial Officers role working with the Chief, Council and community members to achieve the Hupačasath member’s vision. This combination of vision and resources has allowed the Hupačasath First Nation to progressively advance with its goal to realize a strong, vibrant future for all members, grounded in the past and achievable in the present.

Jolleen Dick, Communications Coordinator

Jolleen Dick is a youJolleenng, passionate Nuu-chah-nulth woman looking to make a difference on in her home community of Port Alberni where she was born and raised. Upon the completion of her degree in the Bachelor of Tourism Management program at VIU, she returned home to continue what she started: the Sunset Market at the Victoria Quay. Jolleen now works as the Communications Coordinator for Hupačasath First Nation

Paulette Tatoosh, Social Development Coordinator

In 1996, Paulette Tatoosh completed an Accounting Office Assistant Certificate at North Island College. Additionally, in 1996, she became employed with Hupačasath First Nation as a social assistance worker. In 1997, to enhance and develop more helping skills, she completed Nuu-chah-nulth Human Services Core Training. Then, in 2002 she was a awarded a Bachelor of Social Work Degree at the University of Victoria. Ongoing professional development includes successfully finishing three levels of Trauma Counsellor Training in 2007, three levels of Motivational Interviewing from 2012 to 2014 and completing a Job Developer Certificate in 2014. Working for positive, respectful change and strengthening her human services skills are two consistent habits that she brings to her position in the Hupačasath Social Development Department.

Margaret Onyschtschuk, Accounting Technician & Administration

Margaret was born and raised in Port Alberni and has been with the Hupačasath First Nation for eight years. In her spare time she enjoys playing horseshoes and quilting. Margaret has been married to her husband Paul since 2000.


Murray Machett, Capital & Housing Coordinator

Murray joined HFN in January of 2009 as a much needed Housing Coordinator. Murray brings a wealth of construction management experience to the job.
Duties include:

Act as a resource to the Housing Committee and attend all meetings, as well as provide support and information at such meetings Respond to and address issues relative to property,housing,renovations,and the maintenance of the housing waiting list(s) Ensure housing payments are maintained Conduct necessary home inspections Submit applications for funds to support the housing program Liaise with secondary funding sources for potential support.

Vanessa Charlong, Reception & Administraion

Vanessa is a member of Hupačasath First Nation and has been with the staff since the new hall opened in January 2002. She is the daughter of Sandra Vissia and her grandmother was the late Nessie Watts. She grew up in Courtenay and moved to Port Alberni in 1998 and has 2 grown children, Lily and Slade. She is the current Nuu-chah-nulth representative on the FNHDA Board of Directors.

Carolina Tatoosh, Youth & Elders Coordinator

Since 2001, Carolina has been coordinating activities for Hupačasath community members, particularly youth and elders. Some activities include after-school programs and crafts, swimming at Echo Pool and many trips to youth friendly destinations such as Jumpin’ Jimminies. Carolina takes pride in spending time with elders on trips to Elders luncheons on Vancouver Island connecting friends and families. When time and resources are available, she facilitates harvests in Hupačasath traditional territory to bring more culturally focused activities for all such as sewing, cedar weaving, and drum making.



Steven Tatoosh, Natural Resource Manager

Steve oversees the Natural Resources Department to ensure sufficient protection of Hupacasath rights and titles. This includes data base management, administrative reporting, and staff supervision.