Verna completed her Doctor of Education at the University of British Columbia in May 2012, Masters of Arts Education in 1996, Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University with a Joint Major in Sociology and Anthropology in 1994. In 1996, she completed her Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development. In 1998, she completed her Native Teaching credential.
She has completed other credentials such as:
- Native Adult Instructors Diploma Program
- Senior Management Certificate Training
- Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Certificate Course
- Human Services Certificate & Diploma Program
- Native Courtworkers & Counsellor Training
- FirstHost Training
- Cross Cultural Training
Currently, Verna is the Vice President Academic & Strategic Partnerships at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), located in Burnaby & Merritt, BC. She also is the Chair of the Indigenous Institutes of Adult Higher Learning (IAHLA), a consortium of Private Aboriginal Post-Secondary Institutes of British Columbia and Chair of Education for CANDO, an Economic Development entity. Previously, Verna was an instructor for NVIT, Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations, and the Native Adult Instructors Diploma Program, where she also assisted in the design, development, implementation, and instruction of the program.
Dr. Billy Minnabarriet has held many volunteer positions, provincially, nationally and internationally in the education and economic development fields. She is recognized as a leader and role model among her peers and has had the opportunity to work with many educators, institutions and Native leaders. Her expertise as an educator and advocate has given her opportunity to represent many Aboriginal organizations at all levels of Government.
Verna teaches Sustainable Leadership: Making Change Happen