Pauline is married and a proud Ade of two beautiful granddaughters as well as two daughters. She is of Kwakwaka'wakw ancestry belonging to the Da'naxda'xw First Nation on Harbledown Island, B.C. where she was born and raised. Her grandparents and other elders shared their cultural knowledge with her, including language, thus preparing her to face many challenges in her adult life. Her early childhood in this small village gave her the strong identity that is essential if one is to survive with confidence in the larger, urban world. It has also enabled her to participate actively in potlatch ceremonies. She obtained her M.A, in leadership from Royal Roads University in 2003-2005, while continuing to be involved in the workforce.
Pauline has worked with First Nations organizations at the community, provincial and national level for over 20 years. She also possesses practical experience within the business arena in an advisory capacity along with being a former business owner and operator of a clothing store in Campbell River. Her background has resulted in a wide range of multi-disciplinary skills, knowledge and experience. The co-development of Laichwiltach Family Life Society in Campbell River is one of her proudest accomplishments.
She entered the world of Aboriginal Research in 2003 to 2008 where she was the project coordinator for the Indigenous CHILD project at UVic and Aboriginal Teen Smoking with the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. These projects involved working closely with First Nations communities and urban organizations.
June 2010, she moved back to Campbell River to support the development of Sasamans Society. She brought her enthusiasm and passion in working for the betterment of our children. She currently sits on the board for First Nations Child & Family Wellness Council.