Aboriginal Advisors

Aboriginal educational 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

Rylee LaTrace
Rylee LaTrace

Rylee comes from a Cree family with roots in Saskatchewan and Turtle Mountain Reserve of North Dakota and was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with an Indigenous Specialization from the University of Victoria as well as an Indigenous Studies Diploma from Camosun College. As a lifelong learner Rylee is excited to work alongside students to support their learning journey.

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.

Port Hardy

Sandra grew up in Kitimat, BC and then moved to Vancouver where she graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Sandra comes to NIC after 19 years at Douglas College, working in Financial Aid, Accessibility, Assessments, Admissions and other departments. She is a strong proponent of lifelong learning, equal access to opportunity, and the power of education to change people’s lives! She is very excited to have crossed the Salish Sea to make her home here on the island and looks forward to working within, and contributing to, her new community.