Aboriginal Advisors

Aboriginal education advisors are available to assist students in developing educational plans, liaise with instructors, or contact Aboriginal sponsorship organizations. Having registered status is not a requirement to meet with an advisor. Campus orientation tours can be provided, and each advisor has an open door, drop-in policy. If you live outside Campbell River, Port Alberni, Port Hardy and the Comox Valley and would like to speak to an Aboriginal advisor, please call 1-800-715-0914.

Meet the Advisors

Campbell River

Troy Barnes

Troy is from the Klahoose First Nation and raised in Powell River British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Island University with Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in First Nation Studies and minoring in History. He is honored to further his career in Aboriginal Education in the North Island region. Troy’s goal as an advisor to ensure Aboriginal students have a smooth transition into college, “I am happy to meet current and prospective students reach their educational goals during their time at North Island College.”

Comox Valley

Sarah Lawrence

Sarah is a Cowichan Tribes member, who was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley and grew up on the Koksilah Territory. She is a registered social worker who recently completed her Bachelor of Social Work at VIU. Sarah works with Aboriginal students to explore career paths, develop educational plans, find funding opportunities and smooth students transition to college. She is also eager to develop working relationships with local First Nations, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal funding agencies

Port Alberni

Luke George

Luke comes from the Tseshaht community, and was raised in the territories of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations in Port Alberni. He has worked for National Parks and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and was an elected leader of his community. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Malaspina University College. He is happy to meet with students to discuss their dreams and goals.

Mount Waddington Region

Christy Whitmore

Christy is of Haida ancestry and was born and raised on Haida Gwaii, then moved to Port McNeill where she raised two daughters. She attended North Island College, studying Business Administration in the Comox Valley four years before relocating back to the North Island. Christy has a lot of experience in the commercial fishing industry working closely with First Nations members up and down the coast, including three years living and working in Bella Bella with the Heiltsuk Nation. Christy has settled back in Port Hardy and is looking forward to providing advising assistance to current and potential students of North Island College