About acehs

our mission:

To lovingly provide culturally supportive, affordable housing and services that end Aboriginal homelessness on Vancouver Island.

The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society (ACEHS) is a non-profit and registered charitable organization whose sole focus is to support Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness. The work of the ACEHS is centered on the voices of Aboriginal peoples who have shared their immediate needs, lived experiences, and perspectives on solutions. Through building partnerships locally and island-wide, the ACEHS works to identify and address systemic and structural barriers, share information, resources, and lessons learned, while also providing cultural supports, connections, and housing stability. The role of the ACEHS is critical because there is not another Indigenous led organization on Vancouver Island that has ending Indigenous homelessness as its sole focus. The ACEHS has a vision to lead long-term systemic change to better meet the needs of our people living away from home and experiencing homelessness.

our vision:

Our way is to care for all our people, from the youngest to the oldest. We are all one. Some of our people living away from home are suffering, isolated, and homeless. We stand together to end homelessness.

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“The water,
I left it all out on the water, I didn’t bring anything back with me”

our team

we are all one.

Our Way is to care for all our people, from the youngest to the oldest. We are all one. Some of our people living away from home are suffering, isolated and homeless. We stand together to end homelessness.

DIRECTORS

Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi
Executive Director

Coreen Child
Associate Director

Brielyn Ramsey
Director of Operations and Program Development

Wade Hunt
Director of Housing and Capacity Development

BROUGHTON STREET OFFICE

Aunty Glo
Elder Mentor

Shannon Campbell
Independent Housing Transitions Manager

Lehran Young
Office Coordinator

Jessica Rhodes
Indigenous Clinical Counsellor

Monique Huber
Outreach and Community Relations Manager

Dorothy Jones
Frontline Advocate and Navigator

Mike Nasby
Outreach Worker

QUADRA STREET OFFICE

Graham Kelly
Youth Programs & Services Coordinator

HUMAN RESOURCES AND FINANCE TEAM

Kate Mitchell
Human Resources Manager

Zahra Rezai
Human Resources Assistant

Zac Wright
Administrative & Tech Assistant

Marcus Oppenheimer
Finance Manager

Maria Cheung
CPA

HOUSING

Judy Peterson
Culturally Supportive House Manager

Ashley Young
Culturally Supportive House Assistant Manager

Nikki Wilkinson
SPAKEN House Manager

Amalia Paterson-Andino
SPAKEN House Assistant Manager

RESEARCH TEAM

Julia O’Quinn
Equity Programming and Research Manager

Filip-Metro Anchidim Ani, PhD
Communications and Research Manager

Katie Dekker
Equity Programming & Research Coordinator

NURSING TEAM

Tori Mills, RN
Registered Nurse

Troy Courville, RN
Registered Nurse

Sean Halliday, RN
Registered Nurse

governance

The ACEHS is governed by Indigenous peoples with representation from local organizations and Friendship Centres across Vancouver Island, Metis Nation BC, as well as representatives from each of the three Tribal Groups on the Island: Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, and Kwakwakw’wakw. The Board of Directors provides leadership and strategic direction necessary to end homelessness within the Aboriginal population on Vancouver Island: to ensure that adequate resources are in place to achieve the strategy; to ensure that operational plans and budgets are implemented that achieve the strategy; and to provide timely communications to the community on progress in ending Aboriginal homelessness.
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We acknowledge and offer gratitude to the Lkwungen (Esquimalt, and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples on whose ancestral, traditional land and unceded territories on which we gather, live, and work.