Jane Watts-Ellens (Tlu'YaaYaq'shilth) is a member of the Ahoushaht First Nation and has family ties to both Tseshaht First Nation and Cowichan Tribes through her late mother Barbara Little, nee Dick. Jane and her twin brother were raised by her grandparents in Port Alberni and lived on the Tseshaht Reserve. Her father is the late Charlie Watts Jr, (Chas) from Tseshaht First Nation.
Jane has completed the Family Support Worker program at Camosun College and has completed 2.5 years of university transfer courses towards her Social Work degree. In addition Jane has 7.5 years experience working with First Nations families in low income housing.
Jane has first-hand experience with the child welfare system as she grew up in care from 16 months old until she aged out at 19 years of age. She is both passionate and supportive in advocating for families who have children in care, and is eager to see the transition of children going back home.
Jane believes the children are connected to their parents and all the aunts/uncles/grand parents and community. All children have the right to be heard, loved, supported and encouraged to know where they come from and know their culture. Jane loves sports (hockey, football, baseball), playing golf & slow pitch, poker and traveling. She is looking forward to meeting the community members and getting settled in Port Hardy.
Office phone: 250-949-8131
Cell number: 250-230-5101