Hupačasath First Nation Employees
Art Van Volsen, Housing Coordinator
Art Van Volsen joined the Hupacasath staff in June 2016 as Housing Coordinator. He has been a journeyman electrician since 1996 and brings with him an extensive wealth of knowledge on home maintenance and renovations. In his spare time Art plays in several musical groups around the island and also spends time motorcycle riding. He lives on the Klekhoot reserve with his wife Sarina and 4 dogs.
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.
Gillian Nicol, Comprehensive Community Planner
Gillian is a fourth generation Vancouverite, born on the Tsawwassen and Musqueum Territories. Her parents are Bruce and Mary Ellen Nicol born in Oklar, Wisconsin and Vancouver, BC, respectively. Her ancestors are from the Isle of Skye, Scotland and Newport, Wales. She has joined Hupacasath First Nation as the Comprehensive Community Planner. She is really looking forward to spending time discovering what creativity lays among the members and how the ideas will be developed. She finished her undergraduate degree in Coastal Resource Management and Public Administration at the University of Victoria, and her Masters degree in Indigenous Community Planning at the University of British Columbia. When she’s not working you can usually find her walking among the trees, climb mountains, exploring the shorelines, and making healthy food
Biologist & Fisheries Manager
Upon completion of his Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph, Graham has held a number of positions in the Biology and Environmental fields. Most recently he worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as a Stock Assessment Biologist in Nanaimo overseeing the Somass Escapement Program. Graham lives in Nanaimo and keeps busy at home chasing after his 2 young children.
Administration & Accounting Technician
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
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.
Administration & Reception
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.
Warren Lauder (E-eek ma ooht la) has been an elected Councillor since 2007 and has also served as the Forest Resource Manager.In the role of Forest Resource Manager Warren has the responsibility to manage the community’s forestry operations (Woodlot and Salvage) in a sustainable manner.The Forest Resource Manager also is tasked with bringing added value to the overall forestry operation by identifying additional funding and business development opportunities through grants and R&D programs and seek economic opportunities within the forestry field. In performing the above the Forest Resource Manager must also be committed to safe work practices under the Hupacasath Safety Policy and abide by the Safety Accord under the B.C. Forest Safety Council.