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.

Executive Directors

Coreen Child
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


Monique Huber
Outreach and Community Relations Manager

Kate Mitchell
Human Resources Manager

Nikki Wilkinson
Decolonized Practices & Mental Health Programming Manager

Wade Hunt
Culturally Supportive House Manager

Kim Thiessen
Registered Nurse

Marcus Oppenheimer
Finance Manager

Julia O’Quinn
Equity Programming and Research Manager

Erica Pepevnak
Youth Program Development and Services Manager

Cultural Support

Aunty Glo
Elder Mentor

Kesu Beaton
Cultural Support Worker

Justina Seymour

Administrative Staff

Simone VanKerrebroeck
Administrative Coordinator

Zahra Rezai
Human Resources Assistant

Zac Wright
Administrative & Tech Assistant

Projects & Outreach

Shannon Campbell
Housing Transition Advocate

Ashley Young
Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Coordinator

Melissa Redpath
Land Based Camp Coordinator

Larissa Walkus
Family Reunification Coordinator


Lehran Young
Research Analyst

Katie Dekkar
Equity Programming & Research Coordinator


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.