Aboriginal Employment Team

Why Our Aboriginal Employment Program is Important

Island Health's Aboriginal Employment Program was created to help us build strong long-term relationships with the First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations on Vancouver Island. Learn more.

Meet the Team

Troy Barnes - Central Island Employment Advisor

Troy is from the Klahoose First Nation which is located on Cortes Island, British Columbia. Troy holds a Bachelor’s degree with a major in First Nation Studies and a minor in history from Vancouver Island University. Prior to starting with Island Health, Troy worked with North Island College as an Aboriginal Educational Advisor. During his tenure at NIC he helped students develop education plans, explore career paths, and assisted Aboriginal students with their transition to college.

Please connect with Troy to set up a career fair within the central island region. You can also request a community visit, or book workshops with Troy.

250-519-7700 ext. 52741
Cell: 250-713-9549

Alegha van Hanuse— South Island Employment Advisor

Alegha is from the Wuikinuxv Nation in Rivers Inlet, British Columbia and  is a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen people. Prior to joining  Island Health, Alegha worked with the University of Victoria as an Aboriginal Mentorship Coordinator and at Literacy Victoria as the Aboriginal Literacy Coordinator. Alegha’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in social work and she has been working in Aboriginal adult education, literacy and employment for several years.

Please connect with Alegha to book a workshop, request a community visit or to invite her to a career fair within the south island region. You can also connect with Alegha to receive support with your Island Health cover letter, resume, VI-Hire profile, interview skill development and/or general career goals.


Alex Jules - North Island Employment Advisor

Alex is from the Kyuquot First Nation on the Northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Alex’s working background has been primarily in the youth and recreation, but has worked as Director of Community Service/Health Director for Kyuquot First Nation for over 4.5 years. Alex also continues to run a youth campout ( Kyuquot Rediscovery) in Kyuquot/Checlesakt territory and has been doing so for approximately 20 years. His most recent work was with School District 71 as an Indigenous Support Worker for the past year. Alex graduated from VIU with a Diploma in Tourism and Recreation Studies and is very close to accomplishing his Degree in Tourism Management.

Please connect with Alex to book a workshop, request a community visit or to invite him to a career fair within the north island region.

250-331-5900 ext 65309
Cell: 250-203-7965

Michele van der Wielen - North Island Employment Advisor

Michelle is currently completing a secondment with the Ministry of Children & Family Development, working with their Cultural Safety team. In her absence, please contact Alex Jules.

Michele is Cree, French and English, and is a proud member of the Waterhen Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Michele has lived and worked in Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw territories her whole life. Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Sociology and has been active in Aboriginal initiatives involving youth, education, and community for over fifteen years. She has also worked with Indigenous peoples in Guatemala and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Please connect with Michele to book a workshop, request a community visit or to invite her to a career fair within the north island region.

250-286-7100 ext. 67310
Cell: 250-203-7965

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