About aceh

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 (ACEH) is a non-profit and registered charitable organization whose sole focus is to support Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness. The work of the ACEH 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 ACEH 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 ACEH is critical because there is not another Indigenous led organization on Vancouver Island that has ending Indigenous homelessness as its sole focus. The ACEH has a vision to lead long-term systemic change to better meet the needs of our people living away from home and experiencing 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

Coreen Hunt
Executive Director

Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi
Director of Housing Development and Research

Brielyn Ramsey
Director of Operations and Program Development

Deanna Anderson
Director of Housing and Safety

Housing

Wade Hunt
Culturally Supportive House Manager

Nikki Wilkinson
SPAKEN House Manager

Ashley Young
Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Coordinator

Larissa Walkus
Family Reunification Coordinator

Outreach (Broughton Street) & Land-Based Healing Camps

Monique Huber
Outreach and Community Relations Manager

Aunty Glo
Elder Mentor

Kesu Beaton
Cultural Support Worker

Shannon Campbell
Housing Transition Advocate

Melissa Redpath
Land Based Camp Coordinator

Jessica Rhodes
Indigenous Clinical Counsellor

Dorothy Jones
Frontline Advocate and Navigator

Human Resources Team

Kate Mitchell
Human Resources Manager

Zahra Rezai
Human Resources Assistant

Finance Team

Marcus Oppenheimer
Finance Manager

Research Team

Lehran Young
Research Analyst

Julia O’Quinn
Equity Programming and Research Manager

Filip-Metro Ani, PhD

Katie Dekker
Equity Programming & Research Coordinator

Youth Team

Erica Pepevnak
Youth Program Development and Services Manager

Justina Seymour
Aunty

Administrative Team

Zac Wright
Administrative & Tech Assistant

governance

The ACEH 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 gratefully acknowledge our funders

We acknowledge our work is taking place on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking people of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.