This directory complements the organizational charts as it allows people to get names, positions, phone numbers, email addresses and job descriptions. You will save time and get an even higher quality customer service experience by sending your inquiries to the right branch of the organization immediately.

Click on the department of your interest to find out the names of the members of its team.

Reception

Anacla Government Office, 170 Nookemus Rd, Anacla, BC, V0R 1B0
Phone: 1.888.644.4555 / 250.728.3414
Fax:  250.728.1222

Port Alberni Government Office, 4644 Adelaide Street, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 6N4 (mailing)
Phone:
 250.723.0100
Fax: 250.723.4646
Email: click here

Chief Executive Councillor

(ʔimčis) Robert J. Dennis Sr.
Executive Chief Councillor

The Chief Councillor is the Chief Executive of Government, a member of the Legislature, and a member and chair of Executive Council. He has the authority and responsibility for all duties and functions laid out in Huu-ay-aht Legislation

Cell: 250.735.0008
Phone: 250.723.0100
Contact Form below:

 

Executive Director

Connie Waddell
Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the operations of Huu-ay-aht First Nation. The executive director receives direction from Executive Chief Councillor and Executive Council.

Phone: 250-723-0100
Contact form below

 

Community Services

Coral Johnson
Director of Community Services

The Director of Community Services is responsible for Community Services programming, social development, education, training and employment programming, daycares and community events 
Cell: 250-735-3755
Phone: 250-723-0100
Contact form below

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Vacant
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Brent Ronning
Education and Employment Manager

Coordinates and manages Huu-ay-aht First Nations education and training programs and initiatives. In addition the education and employment manager also coordinates the trades programs for Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Vacant
Education Administrator
Kristen Young
Social Services Manager

The Manager of Social Services provides management and promotion of the prevention, health and, social services programs. The Manager of Social Services also oversees the Community Health Administrator and the Youth Program Administrator.


Phone: 250-728-3414 
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Kimberly Nookemus
Community Health Administrator

Coordinates wellness programs and medical patient travel for Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

Phone: 1-888-644-4555
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Rachel Young
Youth Program Administrator

Administers youth programs such as after-school recreation, and the homework club.

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Jay Watley
Anacla School Bus Driver

Drives the Anacla School Bus. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Community Services: Paawats

Michelle Richard
Early Childhood Education Pawaats Supervisor

Plans and prepares early childhood education activities for Paawats Port Alberni in order  to support early childhood development.

Phone: 250-723-0898
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Clara Clappis
Early Childhood Education Coordinator Anacla

Plans and prepares ECE activities to support early childhood development.

Phone: 250-728-3083
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Trina Holcombe
Early Childhood Education Pawaats Port Alberni

Plans and prepares activities for children which support early childhood development at Pawaats Port Alberni. Take children on field trips and community outings. 

Phone: 250-723-0898

Lisa Cottrill
Early Childhood Education Pawaats Port Alberni

Plans and prepares activities for children which support early childhood development at Pawaats Port Alberni. Take children on field trips and community outings. 

Phone: 250-723-0898

Child and Family Wellness

Shannon Zimmerman
Director of Child and Family Wellness

The Director of Child and Family Wellness is responsible for child and family wellness programming and policy implementation. 

Child and Family Wellness Office, #1-4641 Margaret Street, Port Alberni, V9Y 6H1
Cell: 250-720-5797
Phone:778-419-1013
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Christine Pearson
Team Lead Protection and Family Support Liaison

The Protection and Family Support Liaison work to engage proactive planning and support for Huu-ay-aht families.  the Protection and Family Support Liaison also promote child and family wellness through advocacy, direct support, and program activities.

Cell: 250-731-8378
Phone: 778-419-1013
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Kerry-Ann Collinge
Protection and Family Support Liaison

The Protection and Family Support Liaison work to engage proactive planning and support for Huu-ay-aht families.  the Protection and Family Support Liaison also promote child and family wellness through advocacy, direct support, and program activities.

Cell: 250-735-6955
Phone: 778-419-1013
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Becki Nookemis
Protection and Family Support Liaison

The Protection and Family Support Liaison work to engage proactive planning and support for Huu-ay-aht families.  the Protection and Family Support Liaison also promote child and family wellness through advocacy, direct support, and program activities.

Cell: 250-735-7457
Phone: 778-419-1013
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Tobias Rader
Protection and Family Support Liaison

The Protection and Family Support Liaison work to engage proactive planning and support for Huu-ay-aht families.  the Protection and Family Support Liaison also promote child and family wellness through advocacy, direct support, and program activities.

Cell: 250-735-1202
Phone: 778-419-1013
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Betsy Potter
Child & Family Administratve Support

The Child and Family Admin Support worker provides administrative support for the Child and Family Wellness department. 

Phone: 778-419-1013

Rena Johnson
Clinical Counsellor

Provides clinical counselling support for Huu-ay-aht citizens

Phone: 250-723-0100

Cory Howard Sr.
Cultural Wellness Administrator

The Cultural Wellness Coordinator provides cultural healing through ceremonies and protocols. Provides cultural support, history through song, and culture nights. 

Phone: 250-723-0100

Vacant
Language and History Administrator
Vacant
Cultural Wellness worker

Capital Projects and Infrastructure

Stephen Rayner
Director of Infrastructure and Capital Projects

Manages the day-to-day of the Government Services program and oversees the effective management of the program's resources to support Huu-ay-aht First Nations strategic plan. Oversees natural resources and land departments. 

Cell: 250-735-4333
Phone: 250-723-0100
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Sheila Charles
Housing Coordinator

The Housing Oversight Specialist is responsible for administering the social housing program, rental housing as well as maintenance and upkeep of these properties. 

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Torrance Gilmour
Project Manager

Develops policies and procedures to meet the needs of Huu-ay-aht First Nations planning. Operationalizes construction of capital and infrastructure projects. 

Phone: 250-728-3414
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Anne McKenna
Project Manager Assistant

Provides organizational and administrative assistance to project managers.

Phone: 250-723-0100
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David Powell
Information and Technology Specialist

Responsible for installation and maintenance of technology systems with Huu-ay-aht Government offices.  Oversees network administration and database management.

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Wilfred Dennis
Maintenance Technician

Maintenence and upkeep of facilities and infrastructure. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Don Prevost
Maintenance Technician

Provides maintenance and upkeep services for Huu-ay-aht First Nations buildings. Services community garbage and recycling route and provides landscape maintenance. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Kurt Kranz
Maintenance and Asset Manager

Manages maintenance on Huu-ay-aht First Nations office buildings and vehicles

Ron Palmer
Facilities Lead Anacla Government Office

Provides facilities and maintenance work for Anacla Government Office.

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

 
 
 
 
Ruth Holden
Building Service Worker Port Alberni Government Office

Provides building services to the Pot Alberni Government Offices.

Phone: 250-723-0100

Vacant
Public Works Supervisor

Lands and Natural Resources

Rita Johnson
Director of Lands and Natural Resources

Director of Lands and Natural Resources leads Lands and Natural resource department. Oversees land use and development, issues permits, administers Huu-ay-aht lands registry. 

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Christine Gruman
Lands and Resources Specialist

Manages the natural resources team to manage resources within Huu-ay-aht First Nations territories. managing fish, timber, and other natural resource found within Huu-ay-aht territory. 

Cell: 250-735-5055
Phone: 1-888-644-4555
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Amelia Vos
Lands and Marine Coordinator

Works as part of the lands team to ensure conservation and protection of Huu-ay-aht territory. Works in the field to gather air, water, and soil samples for various purposes. Coordinates food-fish program. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555
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Stephen Smith
Wildlife and Non-Timber Forest Products

Wildlife and NTFP technician acts as a contact for forestry referrals, timber harvest development,  and proposed road development.  Also responsible for timber surveys for cultural and archeological activities. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555
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Cliff Nookemus
Fisheries Technician

Natural Resource Technicians work to support the Huu-ay-aht First Nations natural resources team.  Assists in watershed renewal, salmon estimation,  works with NTFP coordinator on cultural assessments of the proposed timber harvest area. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Katie Turner
Fisheries Technician

Natural Resource Technicians work to support the Huu-ay-aht First Nations natural resources team.  Assists in watershed renewal, salmon estimation,  works with NTFP coordinator on cultural assessments of the proposed timber harvest area. 

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Vacant
Lands & Resources Permitting Clerk
Vacant
Natural Resources Analyst
Vacant
Fisheries Field Supervisor
Vacant
Wildlife and NTPF

Finance

Vacant
Chief Financial Officer
Vacant
Payroll & Benefits Clerk
Colleen Stephens
Finance Manager

Manages the finance department. Oversees the payroll clerks and finance clerks.

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Sergio Santamaria
Finance Clerk Port Alberni

Finance clerks are responsible for maintaining and accounting for expenses and transactions for Huu-ay-aht First Nations. 

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Sandra Young
Finance Clerk Anacla Government Office

Finance clerks are responsible for maintaining and accounting for expenses and transactions for Huu-ay-aht First Nations.  

Phone: 1-888-644-4555
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Vacant
Financial Accountant
Vacant
Deputy Controller

Human Resources and General Services

Marleen Nookemus
Human Resources and Office Manager

Develops and implements HR policies, systems, and processes. Ensures HR policies align with HFN values and strategies.

1-888-644-4555

Nicole Otte
Executive Coordinator and Administrative Manager

Provides administrative support for Executive Director and Council.
Phone: 250.723.0100
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Janet Kunstmann
Senior Executive Coordinator

The Senior Executive Coordinator works with Executive Council to provide senior organizational and administrative support. 

Phone: 250-723-0100

Cory Howard Jr.
Anacla Administrative Support Worker

Anacla Administrative support worker is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Anacla Government offices. Responsible for phone and reception, sending and receiving faxes.

Phone: 1-888-644-4555

Alexis Young
Port Alberni Administrative Support

Port Alberni Administrative support worker is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Anacla Government offices. Responsible for phone and reception, sending and receiving faxes.

Phone: 250-723-0100

Vacant
Human Resources Assistant
Vacant
Building Services Worker

Communications

Heather Thomson
Communications Manager

The Communications Manager is responsible for facilitating communications between
Huu-ay-aht First Nations, its citizens, Group of Businesses, levels of government, and the public as well as inter-departmental and administrative.

Cell: 250-720-7776
Phone: 250-723-0100
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Amanda-Lee Cunningham
Communications Assistant

Communications assistants are responsible for the implementation of communications plans and strategies as directed by the Communications Manager. 

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Nick Cessford
Communications Liaison

The Communications Liaison role is to provide support to the Communications Department and to engage and stimulate interest in Huu-ay-aht community over different geographical areas. Work collaboratively to enhance communications between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Government, Administration, Development Corporation, and the Huu-ay-aht citizens.

Phone: 250-723-0100

Projects and Economic development

Cynthia Rayner BA, PBDM, MBA, PhD Candidate, Business
Economic Development Officer

The Economic Development Officer is responsible for identifying and developing economic development projects including liaising with industry and business stakeholders.  Additionally, the EDO is responsible for designing implementing and sustaining Huu-ay-aht project management system. 

Phone: 250-723-0100
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Cheryl Eardley
Economic Development Assistant

The Economic Development assistant is responsible for research, minutes, and admin support as it pertains to the economic development department.

Cell:  250-735-3462
Phone: 250-723-0100

Strategic Planning

Jim Lee
Strategic Planner

Provides strategic planning services and advice for Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

Phone: 250-723-0100
Contact form below