I originate from the village of Kispiox, I am Laxgibuu (wolf) Clan from Wilps Niist (House of Niist). I began my employment with Wilp Si’Satxw on September 16, 1996 as Secretary/Receptionist, moving from there to Office Manager, Executive Assistant. Then in August, 2012 was offered the position of Executive Director.
My interests are my two adult children, grandsons, and family. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, and Facebook. I also do sweat ceremonies here at Wilp, and very much enjoy cultural, and spiritual activities and have attended all four (4) years as a Sundancer in Spruce Woods National Park, Manitoba.
Hello, my given name is Valerie Spence. My Gitksen name is Adoani, Gisgaast (Fireweed) clan. I am a daughter, mother, sister, grandmother and wife.
- 1997 – Participated in three month Life Skills Program in Gitwangak Healing Touch Practitioner Level One
- 1997 – Round Lake Treatment Centre –Trauma Program – Front Line Workers
- 2001 – Tso Tun Le Lum Treatment – Trauma Program – Front Line Workers
- Twenty-one years sobriety
- Critical Incident Stress – Level One and Two
- Eight years board experience – one year President of the board
- Six years Wilp Si’Satxw and two years Prince Rupert Community Enrichment Society
- Nine years office experience, eight as Patient Transportation Coordinator
- Choices Seminars-Givers 1 & 2
My name is Alice Harris. I come from the Ganada clan, house of Luhuun. I am in a common law relationship for 23 years. I have four children and nine grandchildren. I have been hired as Casual Client Support Worker here at Wilp Si’Satxw for five months. I enjoy my job very much, it keeps me grounded.
I originate from the village of Gitsegukla. I am Guu’ Bistei (Fireweed) Clan from Wilps Skog’im lahkhx (House of Skog’im lahkhx).
I began my employment with Wilp Si’Satxw on February 11, 2008, as Receptionist/Intake Clerk, moving from there to Executive Assistant in August, 2012, and now Office Manager.
I enjoy the outdoors, softball and quality time with family/friends.
Counselor here since July 2003. Clean and sober since January 1999.
- Pipe Carrier/ Sundancer/ sweatlodge leader
- Fireweed clan – Gitxsan Nation
- I have 4 children
- I like to consider myself, keeping things real, saying the way things are, make you think about the direction you want out of life, cause it’s your life
- One question to think about, “What can you do about it? Key word is YOU.”
I am a proud Wet’suwet‘en/Irish mother and grandmother. I am involved in the culture and the feast system which helps me to be very family orientated.
I have been on my healing journey since 2003 and have been involved in the people helping field since. Since I found my healing journey rewarding and uplifting for my mind, body and spirit I decided I was destined to share my life’s experience and my healing journey with people who wish to start their healing journey.
Today I am grateful and am proud to say I have been employed at The Wilp Si’Satxw Healing Centre as of June 2011.
My traditional name is Gusahamhanak, “Wise Young Woman”, from the Killerwhale clan of the Tshimshan/Gitksen Nation.
I have been sober since February 2003. I have been working at Wilp Si’Satxw since January 7, 2008 as Casual Client Support Worker.
I am a mother of four children, three boys and one girl. I am in a common law relationship since February 24, 2015.
I am grateful and honoured to be here for this is where I started my healing journey and love the peace of mind when I am here.
I am Gitxsan ancestry; my roots are steeped in Wilps Tsibasaa, an ancient and honorable extended family in Gitxsan Territory. As Sub-Chief, the most fundamental entity in Gitxsan Domain, I am known as “Niiyeeshiwaas,’ (Big Rain Going By).
After graduating grade 12 and surviving the Edmonton Indian residential school 50 years ago and after some “20 years of drinking, being sick and tired of being sick and tired”, I admitted myself to the Round Lake Treatment Center at Vernon, B.C. I have not looked back since. I have been clean and sober 27 years now.
I took a two year course in Business Administration at Northwest Community College, Terrace, B.C., which helped me to get a job as Office Manager in 1993 at my present place of employment Wilp Si’Satxw Community Healing Center.
In 1996 – 1999 I engaged in a serious of study of the alcohol and drug counter-culture and secured certificates in counseling theory and techniques from the renowned Nechi Institute, Edmonton, Alberta.
Working as a counselor for Wilp Si’Satxw, I began a serious study of the many teaching, ceremonies and traditional medicines of the Sacred Pipe pathway. After a series of fasts led by Elders Jenny and Joe Cardinal of Saddle Lake, Alberta, I am now the resident Sacred Pipe Carrier, counselor and workshop facilitator for Wilp Si’ Satxw Community Healing Center. I am also a certified Chartered Herbalist.
My healing Journey is lifelong.
Hi, my name is Rita Daniels, I belong to the Lax-Gibuu clan, Wilps Gwass Hhlam from Gitanyow.
I am originally from Gitanyow but have resided here in Gitwangak all my life. I have been employed here at Wilp Si’Satxw since November 2003. It sure does not seem this long but 12 years coming around the corner. I’ve been working alongside an awesome lady Vicky in the kitchen since my employment.
All My Relations,
My name is Vesta Williams. I’ve been employed going on four years. I am a Casual Client Support Worker/Casual Cook. I have been in a common law relationship for 37 years. I have three adult children and six grandchildren. I come from the house of Niitsxw of the Fireweed clan. My Gitksen name is Whiit La Hadix. I am very humbled to be a part of the Wilp Si’Satxw Family.
My name is Vicky Williams. My Gitksen name is Gwa’maats from the Fireweed Clan. I have worked for Wilp Si’Satxw for 20 years as head cook. Soon after starting here, I attended a Women’s Program – our name was “Good Woman Crying”. I am a mother of four children, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Wilp Si’Satxw is a healthy environment to work in and I really enjoy my job.