Indigenous Employment Team

Why Our Indigenous Employment Program is Important

Island Health's Indigenous Employment Program was created to help us build strong long-term relationships with the First Nations communities and Indigenous 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 Indigenous Educational Advisor. During his tenure at NIC he helped students develop education plans, explore career paths, and assisted Indigenous 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 Indigenous Mentorship Coordinator and at Literacy Victoria as the Indigenous Literacy Coordinator. Alegha’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in social work and she has been working in Indigenous 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.



Michele van der Wielen - North Island Employment Advisor

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 Indigenous 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.

Cell: 250-203-7965

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