Community Cousins

Our Team

Our program leaders support the cousins as they put their ideas into action. Leaders and work-opportunity students encourage all 'Su'luqw'a' Community Cousins to reach their potential by providing guidance and training opportunities.


Sylvia Scow, Liidlii Kue, Aboriginal Projects Coordinator and Elder Support

Sylvia Scow

Sylvia Scow is from the Dene Nation. Her home community is Liidlii Kue (Fort Simpson), Northwest Territories. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. In June 2000, she completed her Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Sylvia has worked in post-secondary education for over 20 years starting at the University of Victoria and then moving to Malaspina Univesity-College, now Vancouver Island University.

Gary Manson, Snuneymuxw First Nation, VIU Elder in Residence

Gary Manson

Gary was born on the mouth of the Snuneymuxw River in 1948. He now lives 100 feet from where he was born.  Married to Donna Manson, they have six children and eight grandchildren.  Gary is a survivor of Residential School and deeply connected to culture and land. Gary retired from commercial fishing. He has worked as an elder for the past five years in healing circles, is a regular canoe journey participant and is glad to sit as an elder at Vancouver Island University.