Huu-ay-aht Celebrates 2022 Graduates

Congratulations 2022 Huu-ay-aht graduates!

This year’s high school and post-secondary graduates gathered at the Best Western Barclay Hotel for a buffet luncheon to celebrate their achievements. They were joined by Pam Craig, board chair from SD70, respected elder, Benson Nookemis, Chief Robert J. Dennis Sr., and Councillor Edward R. Johnson who all gave congratulatory speeches to the graduates.

Brent Ronning, Huu-ay-aht Manager of Education and Vanessa Sabbas, Huu-ay-aht Education Coordinator presented each graduate with a gift from Huu-ay-aht, which consisted of a red Huu-ay-aht hoodie and a cedar rose. They also watched a video presentation from Tommy Happynook, a Huu-ay-aht citizen who just received a PhD in Anthropology. Congratulations to all the graduates!

Hu-ay-aht 2022 High School Graduates

Mary Jane Dennis – Dogwood Diploma, ADSS
Xavier Dennis – High School Diploma, Helix High School, La Mesa, CA
Tristan Ginger – Dogwood Diploma, ADSS
Joycelyn Joe-Lanham McCloud – High School Diploma, Chief Kitsap Academy, Suquamish, WA
Brayden Johnson – Adult Dogwood Diploma, 8th Avenue Learning Centre
Isaak Johnson – Dogwood Diploma, Nanaimo District Secondary School
Jenelle Johnson-Sabbas – Dogwood Diploma, ADSS
Tyler Lopez – Dogwood Diploma/Health Care Assistant Cert., ADSS/NIC
Cierra Nookemus – Dogwood Diploma, ADSS
Jayson Nookemus – Adult Dogwood Diploma, 8th Avenue Learning Centre
Shannon Thompson – Dogwood Diploma, ADSS
Jaden Warner – Dogwood Diploma ADSS
Sean Williams-Kosteniuk – Dogwood Diploma, ADSS

Hu-ay-aht 2022 Post Secondary Graduates

Eileen Taylor Amber-Lynn – Cert. in Indigenous Family Support/Mental Health & Addictions, Camosun College
Tommy Happynook – PhD Anthropology, UVIC
Karen Haugen – Master of Arts in Professional Communications, Royal Roads University
Samantha Haugen – Bachelor of Arts, Tourism Management, VIU
Petrina Joe-Lanham – Associate in Business, Olympic College, Bremerton, WA
Alyssa Johnson – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, VIU
Judith Johnson – Food Processing Fundamentals Cert., NIC
Jennifer Joseph – Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, VIU
Mikaela Lopez – Human Services Cert., NIC
Patricia McCarthy – Health Care Assistant Cert., Sprott Shaw College