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Meet the QCCS team:

Elder Facilitators and Advisors:

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Sulsameethl

Deb George

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Qwiyahwultuhw

Robert George

Qwiahwultuhw Robert George, born and raised in Cowichan, has worked closely with youth for over 35 years, teaching drum and dance, and coaching in a variety of sports. Robert has been involved with the Journey of our Generation workshop since 2006, bringing an awareness of history, of people, teachings, residential schools and building truth and understanding in our communities. He is a father and grandfather, and believes in the values of love, kindness, respect, generosity and truthfulness.

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Teluxutstun

Raymond Tony Charlie

Teluxutstun Raymond Tony Charlie is an educator, artist, public speaker, author, and residential school survivor who is committed to holistic healing for true reconciliation. From Penelakut Nation, Raymond has been a part of the Cultural Connections Elder team for many years. He shares cultural teachings and stories, as well as his personal experiences of residential schools, speaking honestly, directly and straight from his heart. He has recently published a book about his experiences and his own personal healing journey -

In the Shadow of the Red Brick Building.

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Linda Modeste

As a worker and an elder on the Cultural Connections team, Silaat Linda Modeste finds joy and healing in sharing her story at workshops, and the importance of 'today' on the future. Through her experiences as a lifelong resident of Duncan, she has come to appreciate the preciousness of life and the healing power of storytelling as a valued member of of the group. Grateful for the support and understanding of others, she finds beauty in life's journey despite its ups and downs.

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Lucy Thomas

Tsumkwaat Lucy Thomas, a survivor of residential school and numerous addictions, is a proud great-grandmother to three beautiful babies. She passionately supports and contributes to her community in any way possible as she journeys towards reconciliation.

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Qulisul'wut

Dorothy Jack

Qulisul’wut Dorothy Jack joined the Cultural Connections team after spending 50 years learning the cultural teachings shared by her ancestors in the Big House. 

A survivor of residential school and the Nanaimo Indian hospital, the Cultural Connections program has helped her learn to love, forgive, and understand. Grateful for the support from those who showed her love and encouragement, she now embraces

 reconciliation, and cherishes her role in her great-great grandson's life, recognizing love as the cornerstone of her journey.

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T'awahwiye

Mena Williams

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Swee'alt

Denise Augustine

Board of Directors

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Audrey George

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T'awahwiye

Mena Williams

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Cory Baker

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Sulatiye
Maiya Modeste

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Nadine Cruikshanks

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Jason Slade

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Gloria (Cloony) Peter

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Mariah Thomas

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Amanda Sylvester

Our Team:

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Hwatstunaat

Mariah Thomas

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Sandra Thomson

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Michelle Staples

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Cheyenne Williams

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Heather Pritchard

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Rupert Koyote

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