The project team for this initative consisted of two British Columbian education specialists, Sylvia Currie representing Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (and later, BC Campus) and June Kaminski, representing Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Sylvia has a wealth of experience of working with Aboriginal students, educators, and other educational leaders through her previous role as the Online Curriculum Facilitator for Nicola Valley Institute of Technology for several years. Currently, Sylvia is the Manager, Online Community Services for BC Campus, where she tends to administrative and technical tasks related to the BCcampus network of online communities, helps people get started with their own online communities, and generally works with members to keep the communities active and interesting. Sylvia earned her Bachelors in Education and MA in Communications from Simon Fraser University. She also oversees her Education consultant business, Webbed Feat at http://webbedfeat.com
June is Aboriginal, from Anishinabic and European bloodlines. She was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, close to where her (LeSage family) ancestors settled on what is now known as the Ketegaunseebee Anishnabai, or Garden River First Nations lands. June is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on e-learning and nursing informatics. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Nursing from UBC and has taught BSN nursing students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 1989. From 2007 to 2010 June implemented a three staged AHHRI funded initiative to design and implement aboriginally appropriate content and learning experiences into the BSN and BPN programs at Kwantlen, including a pilot Elder in Residence program. She is currently the Program and Curriculum Coordinator for a new hybrid BSN Post Baccalaureate program which also integrates Aboriginal content and processes. June teaches an Information Management course for the University of BC's Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program (AHCAP). She has also worked on various curriculum, course development, environmental scans, research, and design projects related to aboriginal curriculum. As well, she provides Nursing Informatics education and consulting at http://nursing-informatics.com/