Our Team SAS

Dale Hunt, Education Counselor, Services for Aboriginal Students (on leave)

Dale Hunt is a member of the Kwakiutl Nation and a proud descendant of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in First Nations Studies at Vancouver Island University and then went onto to complete a Master of Arts in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. I truly enjoy being a part of the community at this university. I am married, have two children and been working at VIU since 2006 in a variety of service departments. I am truly thankful to be a part of the amazing community here at VIU. Gilakas’la!

Jennifer Christoffersen, Education Counselor, Services for Aboriginal Students

Jennifer Christoffersen (Shade) is a descendant from the Laich kwil Tach Nation and a proud member of the Wei Wai Kum Band. I completed the First Nations Child and Youth Care Diploma, and have a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree from Vancouver Island University. I then went on to obtain a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Indigenous Governance, Law and Sociology at the University of Victoria. I am married, have one son and have worked at Vancouver Island University since 1998. Gilakas'la.

Sharon Buchanan, Faculty and Student Support Assistant, Services for Aboriginal Students (on leave)

Sharon Buchanan (nee McNeil) is from the Tsimshian Nation and a member of the Kitsumkalum Band on the North West coast of British Columbia on my mother’s side; and, Irish, Scottish, English and French on my dad’s side. I acquired a First Nations Family Support Worker Program certificate from Camosun College and the Saanich Indian School Board. After working as a First Nations Education Assistant for many years I went back to school and graduated from Vancouver Island University with the Applied Business Technology Program certificate and shortly thereafter, started my career with Vancouver Island University. It is my pleasure and a privilege to be working as Faculty and Student Support Assistant with Services for Aboriginal Students.

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