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Meet the Team

Meet a member of the Cplul’kw’ten team

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Jason BlairNlaka'pamux Learning Strategist - Indigenous Transitions
Jason BlairNlaka'pamux Learning Strategist - Indigenous Transitions

Born in Vancouver and raised in various urban centres across BC, Jason is Nlaka’pamux from the Lower Nicola Indian Band located in Merritt, BC. His Grandparents are Mary and Jacob Anderson/Amy Mike and Albert Dunstan. Jason attended the Native Education...

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Denise DunstanNlaka'pamux Learning Strategist - Indigenous Transitions
Denise DunstanNlaka'pamux Learning Strategist - Indigenous Transitions

From the Nlakapamux nation, Denise received her social work degree from TRU in 2010, and her Master of Education from UBC in 2022. She has worked with youth programming for the past twenty-five years. Twelve years were spent working with...

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Lex EdwardsTs’kw’aylaxw Indigenous Mentor and Communications Coordinator
Lex EdwardsTs’kw’aylaxw Indigenous Mentor and Communications Coordinator

Meet Lex, a driven and accomplished individual hailing from the St’at'imc community of Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation. Lex's journey began after completing high school when he decided to follow his passion for cooking. Eager to learn and excel in the...

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Marie SandySecwépemc Manager, Indigenous Student Development
Marie SandySecwépemc Manager, Indigenous Student Development

Marie Sandy is from T’éxelc area of Secwepemcúl’ecw (Williams Lake). She has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree (Dean’s List), as well as a Master of Education from Thompson Rivers University. Marie has...

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Shawna WalkerPeguis Learning Strategist - Indigenous Connections
Shawna WalkerPeguis Learning Strategist - Indigenous Connections

Shawna works alongside the amazing team at Cplul’kw’ten to support students by developing life skills programming, connecting students with community and off-campus resources, and coaching Indigenous students through their academic journey. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the...

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Meet with an Elder

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Mike ArnouseCstèlen Kamloops Campus (Adams Lake Indian Band)
Mike ArnouseCstèlen Kamloops Campus (Adams Lake Indian Band)

Mike Arnouse is from the Adams Lake community. He has been an Elder on campus of TRU for over 20 years. He is a helper who believes in learning from one another. He appreciates the opportunities to meet and talk...

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Joanne BrownCheslatta/Dakelh Kamloops Campus
Joanne BrownCheslatta/Dakelh Kamloops Campus

Joanne Brown is a member of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, L’silu clan, born and raised in her home territory near Burns Lake, British Columbia. She moved to Secwépemc’ulucw from Prince George in 1996. Joanne’s previous work with Employment and...

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Sid PeltierMétis Kamloops Campus
Sid PeltierMétis Kamloops Campus

Sid has been an active member of MNBC for over 20 years, serving as the past president/vice president in the Terrace community for over 10 years. Sid’s experience includes 12 years on the board of the Kermode Friendship Centre....

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Leonna (Doe) ThomasTk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Kamloops Campus
Leonna (Doe) ThomasTk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Kamloops Campus

Leona (Doe) Thomas is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc (TteS) band. She is a mother and grandmother. She has been retired for several years working with Alberta First Nations with developing, implementing and reporting on health programs. She is...

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