About

Priscilla is a resident of Port Coquitlam and a Coast Salish Aboriginal woman. She has devoted over 10 years to her work in non-profit organizations striving to support people rise above homelessness, addictions, mental health and domestic violence. She is an Outreach Counselor, activist and facilitator.


Starting in May 2017, Priscilla is the first Outreach Counselor to be hired with
Xyolhemeylh – Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. This
position was created to work with the Ministry of Child & Family
Development, in hopes to support Aboriginal families in staying together,
thus having fewer Aboriginal children in the ministries care.


Prior to that, she worked with Urban Native Youth Association as a Drug and
Alcohol Counselor. She worked one on one with high school youth supporting them
through struggle and challenges. She organized and facilitated cultural
programming and wellness workshops for the youth.


Priscilla has also worked for Helping Spirit Lodge Society as an Employment
Program Facilitator, First Stage Transition Support Worker and as a workshop
facilitator. This time ended when she decided to go back to school full time and
completed her Associates Degree in Psychology and her Citation in Mental Health
and Addictions.


To complete her citation Priscilla participated in the Uganda Project at Douglas
College. She had a special request while in Masaka, Uganda and that was to meet the
Traditional Healers. Priscilla wanted to learn more about the spiritual beliefs of the
Bugandans and share more about her traditional Coast Salish teachings. She
connected to the people more than she anticipated and when the practicum time
was done she decided to stay and co-founded the Omusana Project. This project was
focused on supporting homeless youth gain access to food, housing, education, and
emotional support.


Priscilla’s advocacy voice started to develop during her youth while she sat on the
local, provincial and national youth councils for the BC Federation of Aboriginal
Friendship Centres. Her passion is not only Aboriginally focused as Priscilla believes
that community strength comes from safe, happy and healthy community members
as a whole.

 

why I am running

 

First, I would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, this beautiful place where we live,
work and play - the Kwikwetlem First Nations people and lies within the shared
Traditional Territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish and
Sto’:lo Nations.


As an Outreach Counselor, I really enjoy the work that I do. I am motivated to keep
working hard every day when I see the resilience and determination of people
wanting to make transition and changes in their life for themselves and their family.
Deciding to make a transition myself has not been an easy decision to make. Just as
many of my clients have said to me I too am afraid of what this change will bring.
However, as I ask them “is it a good afraid?” I asked myself that very question. Yes!
Yes, this is a good afraid because I know that this is a moment for growth.
I have realized through my years of work that we can advocate for change and
growth for our communities and be satisfied with that. I also realized there is
another way, and that is to join the decision making table not only as a guest but as a
mover, pusher and as a vote.


I want to be a voice for my community and work every day to make it a safer,
happier, healthier and more affordable place to live. To do that I need to step
forward from the fear and seek nomination for city council so I can have an
opportunity to share my experiences, knowledge and voice for the people of Port
Coquitlam.