Jess is actively involved the Metis community; As a Métis Youth, she is passionate about her culture and committed to engaging other youth in exploring their indigenous identities. She has worked hard to be a role model for other indigenous youth, specifically the youth she works with in her job as a Social Worker. Jess is also a proud dog mom, and caregiver for her niece and nephew. She works hard to help provide them with the love and nurturing each child deserves and stability to help foster their growth and development.
Jess completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2015 from The University of British Colombia. Since graduating she has worked in child welfare. Currently she is working as the Indigenous focused social worker for the youth connect team in the Downtown Eastside. Jess works hard to meet youth where they’re at in their day to day lives while planting the seeds for cultural engagement and opportunity. In the fall of 2018, Jess began her Master of Indigenous Social Work at The University of Victoria, where she plans to contribute research to supporting harm reduction in foster care placements.
Outside of work Jess sits on the Golden Ears Metis Society board of directors. She is actively participating in community engagement and is a familiar face at both MYBC and GEMS events. Jess also volunteers with the Cultural Relevant Urban Wellness program at UBC farm. The program brings vulnerable youth out to the farm to help support them to become grounded in the concept of food as medicine and Indigenous perspectives on wellness and land-based learning. When Jess is not volunteering or participating at an event, she is an active soccer player, fisherman, and hunter; She loves spending her time in the outdoors connecting to the traditional teachings of her ancestors. Jess is very passionate about conversations and outdoor recreation being available for future generations in BC.