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.

“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.


Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi
Executive Director

Coreen Child
Associate Director

Brielyn Ramsey
Director of Operations and Program Development

Wade Hunt
Director of Housing


Julia O’Quinn
Equity Programming and Research Manager

Filip-Metro Anchidim Ani, PhD
Communications and Research Manager

Monique Huber
Outreach and Community Relations Manager

Shannon Campbell
Independent Housing Transition Manager

Kate Mitchell
Human Resources Manager

Chelsea Adams
SPAKEN House Manager


Kesu Beaton
Outreach Worker


Zahra Rezai
Human Resources Assistant

Aaliya Asnotkar
Human Resources Assistant

Marcus Oppenheimer
Finance Manager


Lehran Young

Katie Dekker
Equity Programming & Research Coordinator

Graham Kelly
Youth Programs & Services Coordinator

Ashley Young
Culturally Supportive House Assistant Manager

Amalia Paterson-Andino
SPAKEN House Assistant Manager

Zac Wright
Administrative & Tech Assistant


Aunty Glo
Elder Mentor
LaVatta Frank


Sean Halliday, RN
Registered Nurse

Jane Estey, RN
Registered Nurse

Selina Child, RN
Foot Care Nurse


The ACEHS is governed by Indigenous peoples with representation from each of the three Tribal Groups on the Island: Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, and Kwakwakw’wakw as well as Metis Nation. The Board of Directors provide 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.

With gratitude the ACEHS acknowledges the Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples on whose ancestral homelands and unceded territories we gather, live, and work.