Zaa Joseph

CO-LEAD

Zaa has been an advisor in the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Aboriginal Services department since 2008. He is also a committee member of BCIT's Aboriginal Advisory Committee responsible for the Aboriginal Strategic Plan (2010-present). Alongside his role as Director-at-large with the FSA,...
Zaa has been an advisor in the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Aboriginal Services department since 2008. He is also a committee member of BCIT's Aboriginal Advisory Committee responsible for the Aboriginal Strategic Plan (2010-present). Alongside his role as Director-at-large with the FSA, he volunteers on the Royal Roads University-Indigenous Education Steering Committee board. He holds a BA from Capilano University and recently completed his Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. His thesis discusses how First Nations students succeeded and graduated from BCIT technology programs. Zaa attended general meetings with the FSA regularly and was excited to have the opportunity to join the board and bring forward ideas on culture, diversity and student perspectives.

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Shannon Kelly

CO-LEAD

Shannon joined BCIT in 2002 as an instructor in Communication and became a Program Head for PTS in 2004. Shannon has experience working in industry as well as a doctorate from the University of Waterloo, specializing in technical communication. Shannon's first love is teaching and she specifically chose...
Shannon joined BCIT in 2002 as an instructor in Communication and became a Program Head for PTS in 2004. Shannon has experience working in industry as well as a doctorate from the University of Waterloo, specializing in technical communication. Shannon's first love is teaching and she specifically chose BCIT due to its polytechnic nature. Her passion for teaching is matched by her interest in research. Shannon's areas of research include teaching excellence, technology in the classroom, Humanities in the professions, and Sustainability. Shannon is an FSA Co-Tech Rep for her department and has been informally involved with the FSA on many issues over the years. Shannon's focus is for the FSA to keep the priorities and wellbeing of all our members in the forefront at all times and to support our members as effectively and strategically as possible.

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Kyla Epstein

PROJECT MANAGER

Kyla joined the FSA in 2013 in the newly created position of Member Engagement Officer. Building on her degree in Political Science and International Development Kyla has worked for social justice in both Canada and Guatemala. With almost two decades of experience in non-profit administration, governance,...
Kyla joined the FSA in 2013 in the newly created position of Member Engagement Officer. Building on her degree in Political Science and International Development Kyla has worked for social justice in both Canada and Guatemala. With almost two decades of experience in non-profit administration, governance, fundraising, engagement and communications, Kyla is an active volunteer having served on many boards including Check Your Head, PEDAL, Kiwassa St. David's Preschool, Rising Star Co-op, and Next Up. She currently sits on the executive for the PAC at her son's school, is a Director with the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), and is serving as the Chair of Vancouver Public Library. In 2017 Kyla was selected to attend the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference.

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Aaron Nelson-Moody "Splash"

COLLABORATOR

Aaron Nelson-Moody, or “Splash”, lives and works in the Capilano Village on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. These days he is working mainly on jewelry engraving and repousse, and still carves the larger houseposts and panels on commission. While Aaron is his English name, he also...
Aaron Nelson-Moody, or “Splash”, lives and works in the Capilano Village on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. These days he is working mainly on jewelry engraving and repousse, and still carves the larger houseposts and panels on commission. While Aaron is his English name, he also has his Squamish Nation name, Tawx’sin Yexwulla, which translates as: Splashing Eagle, so most people know him simply as “Splash”. He also carries the name, Poolxtun, from his adopted father Gerry Oleman, which he tanslates as, ‘the spreading ripples from a splash of water’. He has worked with community groups and students in a number of schools in the Squamish and Vancouver areas since 1995, as well as sharing in Japan and Scotland.

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Aaron Hunter

COLLABORATOR

Aaron Hunter is a faculty member in the School of Computing at BCIT, and the lead researcher at the BCIT Centre for Cybersecurity. He holds a Ph.D. In Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, where he studied formal aspect of Knowledge Representation. Aaron’s research interests lie at the...
Aaron Hunter is a faculty member in the School of Computing at BCIT, and the lead researcher at the BCIT Centre for Cybersecurity. He holds a Ph.D. In Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, where he studied formal aspect of Knowledge Representation. Aaron’s research interests lie at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Information Security. His NSERC-funded research focuses on formal models for reasoning under uncertainty, and the practical utility of these models for solving problems in security, network communication, and resource management. In addition to his academic research experience, Aaron also has a background in the private sector where he has worked as a software developer and an industrial research analyst.

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Andrew Judge

COLLABORATOR / FACILITATOR

Boozoo, Mko Mose Indizhnikaz, Meshekenh n'doodem, d' eshkan ziibi n'doonjiba Anishinaabe inini n'dow. Hi, my English name is Andrew Judge and my spirit name is Bear Walker (Mko Mose), I am Turtle Clan (Meshekenh n'doodem) was born and raised near the horned river (d' eshkan ziibi n'doonjiba) and I...
Boozoo, Mko Mose Indizhnikaz, Meshekenh n'doodem, d' eshkan ziibi n'doonjiba Anishinaabe inini n'dow. Hi, my English name is Andrew Judge and my spirit name is Bear Walker (Mko Mose), I am Turtle Clan (Meshekenh n'doodem) was born and raised near the horned river (d' eshkan ziibi n'doonjiba) and I am both Irish and Anishinaabe. My dad was born in Thessalon, ON and my Mom was born in London, ON. I was born and raised in London, ON. I have been working in the area of Indigenous education for the past seven years. I started by engaging youth at an Indigenous science camp in Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, I  then began designing, facilitating and implementing mentoring programs for Indigenous elementary and secondary students at the CAMH centre for Prevention Science and now I teach Indigenous studies at Fanshawe College. The current focus of my PhD "re-search" is seeking to re-establish  gete-Anishinaabe-izhichigewin (Ancient Anishinaabe Customs) by articulating the nature of Anishinaabeg mino-bimaadiziwin (living the good life) through an academic lens. I am doing this in hopes that  Anishinaabe students gain the opportunity to learn the truth about their ancestors in their formal educaitonal years. By bettter articulating the Anishinaabeg "ethnometaphysics of consciousness" (Hallowell, 1976), within the institution, bridges between eurocentric and Indigenous knowledge may be constructed. For me, the pursuit of Indigenous knowledge and the knowledge of my ancestors has led me on the most extraordinary journey imaginable. As I continue to advance in my studies as a doctoral student aiming to re-establish customary forms of Indigenous knowledge, I gain a deeper sense of self awareness, as man of Indigenous descent. I constantly battle to decolonize my eurocentric assumptions concering the world, cosmos and universe and seek the guidance of Elders and my dreams for strategies to live a good life (Mino-bimaadiziwin). I feel privilidged to be viewing the world using an Indigenous lens and have learned to harness some of the stregnths of Anishinaabeg medicine to help achieve my goals. This incredible knowledge requires a commitment for life, it is a commitment to which I remain steadfast. Each day I continue to be humbled by the teachings of my ancestors and I am always excited to share the little I have learned with anyone interested. Chi Miigwetch (Big Thanks)

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Robert Daum

COLLABORATOR / FACILITATOR

Fellow, Diversity & Innovation, SFU Centre for Dialogue Dr. Robert A. Daum (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a Fellow in Diversity & Innovation at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. He is an active research collaborator and practitioner in community and university-based initiatives focused...

Fellow, Diversity & Innovation, SFU Centre for Dialogue

Dr. Robert A. Daum (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a Fellow in Diversity & Innovation at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. He is an active research collaborator and practitioner in community and university-based initiatives focused on intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. As an Advisor in the Office of Vice President, Students at UBC, he has been the Project Lead for a series of dialogue-based, interdisciplinary and intercultural student development initiatives. At UBC he is also Honorary Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Faculty Associate of UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and a Faculty Member of the Common Room at UBC’s Green College. In the community, he is a Director of The Laurier Institution. A Director on the inaugural Board of Reconciliation Canada, he moderated the inaugural National Reconciliation Gathering in its six-city national series. For the City of Vancouver, Robert co-convenes (with BCIT’s Kory Wilson) the Intercultural & Civic Engagement Strategy Group for the Vancouver Immigration Partnership. For the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, he is a guest editor and member of the editorial advisory of Directions, its research and policy journal. He co-leads (with UBC’s Prof. Francisco Peña) the Cultural Symbioses Project, an interdisciplinary consortium of nine teams of 40+ researchers at 23 leading universities and colleges in nine countries. He also co-leads the theory and translation research team within that Project, and is also a Collaborator within its Medieval Iberia research team. As well, he is a Collaborator in an interdisciplinary SSHRC Partnership Development Project, “Evolving the Botanic Garden: Digital Environmental and Cultural Interpretation at the Edmonton Devonian Botanic Garden’s New Islamic Garden,” led by UBC’s Prof. Hussein Keshani with support from the Devonian Botanic Garden and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. In 2015 he was appointed to an initial three-year term as one of 12 national delegates to the first formal, bilateral national Dialogue between the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus. A moderator, facilitator and public speaker, he has published his research in leading refereed journals, and has been a presenter and keynote speaker at academic conferences in Canada, the United States, China, France, Spain, and Sweden.

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Eva Nguyen

STUDENT AMBASSADOR

Eva is a Student Ambassador with Diversity Circles. She currently a nursing student at BCIT and has a B.A. in Psychology from UBC. She also spends time in the BCIT Learning Commons as a writing tutor.

Angela Kim

STUDENT AMBASSADOR

Angela recently joined Diversity Circles as a Student Ambassador. She is a nursing student in her final year at BCIT and has previously studied Psychology as well. She appreciates the opportunity to learn more about diversity and cultural safety, which she hopes to bring into her future practice.