Meet Our 2018 - 2019 Alumni

This is a selection of our 2018-2019 graduating class. We are proud of them and excited to see what they do in the future. Click through to learn more about their backgrounds and what issues they are working on.

Constance Azak

"My passion is Nisga'a language and culture, and I believe if more youth were engaged in our culture--and if they leave Nisga'a lands for education or employment outside our lands--that they would want to return home to begin their careers, enriching their own lives and those of the Nisga'a people."

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Stephanie Azak

"I am looking for new ideas and training on how to create Economic Development with the Nisga'a Nation."

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Scott Barker

"Two issues that I would like to contribute towards solving are finding healthy options and housing for the homeless, which often means finding employment opportunities for them; and empowering our Nisga'a citizens to be self-sustaining and to create economic opportunities for themselves."

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Melanie Doolan

"My vision of the future involves the construction of our local economy from the ground up."

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Margaret Friedenauer

"The question we need to ask in tackling our projects is how to create sustainable economic growth - growth that won't succumb to a boom-bust cycle. Or, if the jobs created are in a sector that have a life cycle tied to an industry, how can we responsibility plan for that life cycle so that we don't end up with underutilized infrastructure and unemployment at the end of the industry cycle?"

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Michael Gilday

"I believe the most powerful question I need to ask right now is how can we use culturally appropriate and decolonizing methods to successfully incorporate social/community development elements and ideas into community economic development and business development projects that increase benefit to the community and achieve the stated goals of the community while striving towards financial viability?"

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Francine Gurney

"I have always believed that anyone can be successful if you put your mind to it and I feel the same could be said of the whole community, especially if they know what the future holds and they see their dreams come alive and everyone is working together to build a strong economy."

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Jennifer Knox

"I would love to bring more of our first nations members back home. Many of the community members have moved away for school and work. I would love create more opportunities for them in the Comox Valley by creating economic development opportunities through join venture partnerships and new businesses that will produce more training dollars and jobs."

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Linda Morven

"There's no limit to what we can achieve by networking and working together. We can make the "Main Street" vision of the Nisga'a Village of Gitwinksihlkw a reality. This is where economic ventures and the community can thrive."

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Hilary Muth

"I am excited to develop a network of individuals who are passionate about CED. I have always believed that the most creative and innovative projects result from working in a collaborative environment, which fosters participation and engagement from all individuals."

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Alanah Mountifield

"I think that if I can assist the people on the ground to develop and agree on a vision with a goal, we can work backward and build a plan to take action, offer opportunities for entrepreneurs and develop a Haida Gwaii product that will attract a diverse range of visitors."

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Chris Read

"I envision a network where we share ideas and best practices, we apply them, then we share the leanings for the evolution and re-application for more and more success! We support each other as we support our communities in ever-increasing success. I see individuals supported by their communities to survuve and thrive, thusly increasing the social and economic success of those very communities."

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Susan Roberts

"I am an advocate for healthy sustainable food that comes from an ecologically sound food system. I am a community connector on this, as well as being an advocate for sustainable and environmentally sound energy sources."

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Rachel Robinson

"I believe that we need more support in the Nass Valley for local entrepreneurs to develop and maintain business plans and to learn how to be sustainable."

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Shelley Sim

"I believe that if we worked together, we could leverage the strengths of urban and rural.  We could create a diversified economy that was robust in creativity and provided the work, life balance that is so desperately wanted."

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Dorothy Spahan

"Grassroots level organizing. High interest in capacity building."

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Asuncion Honrado-Sta Maria

"My family and I love Fort St. John but we constantly ask ourselves--how do we ensure Fort St. John become a better place to settle, not just for foreign immigrants but for people from other places in Canada?"

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Norma Stumborg

"My community wants to be self-reliant. They want to have their own power generation, food supply, and trained communities members to build their own houses and develop their own businesses rather than rely on outside consulting."

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Celine Trojand

"I think that BC could become a world leader in building just and resilient local economies. In the next ten years it's not unrealistic to dream that BC communities could show the rest of Canada what meaningful reconciliation looks like."

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Melanie Woods

"What is the next step to assist our community members to assist in sustaining themselves through opportunities they create?"

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