Samantha grew up in Sayward and has family ties with the ‘Namgis First Nation through her father. In 2007 she relocated to the Fraser Valley to attend the University. In 2013 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Anthropology/Sociology as well as an Associate of Arts Degree in International and Development Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley.
In December 2013 she began working with Seabird Island Band, first in the administration of and then supervising the Housing Program for the Community. She greatly enjoyed working closely with Community Members and assisting them with their housing needs. However, she is very happy to be bringing her experience and education back to Vancouver Island where her two sons will be able to grow up close to their family.
Her approach to working with individuals and families has been with openness and an understanding that each person’s journey is unique and there is great importance in valuing and respecting their stories. She is excited for the opportunity to work with Sasamans Society as the Aboriginal Family Outreach Navigator and is looking forward to providing advocacy and guidance to families in the Courtenay area.