Why Our Aboriginal Employment Program is Important
Island Health's Aboriginal Employment Program was created to help us build strong long-term relationships with the First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations on Vancouver Island. Learn more.
Meet the Team
Sheila White (Yaatqumaat) - Central Island Employment Advisor
Sheila is a member of Snuneymuxw First Nation. Sheila’s diverse professional experience includes working with youth at risk at the Nanaimo Youth Services Association as the BladeRunners Coordinator. She is a certified Life skills coach, job finding club facilitator and personality dimensions facilitator and is certified in Career Counseling. Sheila completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008.
Please connect with Sheila to book a workshop, request a community visit or to invite her to a career fair within the central island region.
Phone: 250.755.7691 ext. 52741
Alegha van Hanuse— South Island Employment Advisor
Alegha is from the Wuikinuxv Nation in Rivers Inlet, British Columbia and is a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen people. Prior to joining Island Health, Alegha worked with the University of Victoria as an Aboriginal Mentorship Coordinator and at Literacy Victoria as the Aboriginal Literacy Coordinator. Alegha’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in social work and she has been working in Aboriginal adult education, literacy and employment for several years.
Please connect with Alegha to book a workshop, request a community visit or to invite her to a career fair within the south island region or to receive support with your Island Health cover letter; resume; VI Hire profile; interview skill development; and/or general career goals.
Michele van der Wielen - North Island Employment Advisor
Michele is Cree, French and English, and is a proud member of the Waterhen Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Michele has lived and worked in Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw territories her whole life. Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Sociology and has been active in Aboriginal initiatives involving youth, education, and community for over fifteen years. She has also worked with Indigenous peoples in Guatemala and Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Please connect with Michele to book a workshop, request a community visit or to invite her to a career fair within the north island region.