Our Governance

Board of Directors

Hulitan Family & Community Services Society is governed by a group of unpaid volunteers called the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

board of directors icon All Board members assume responsibility for the Soceity's interests and objectives and must therefore appreciate the level of commitment and degree of responsibility required of them. They must act at all times in the best interests of the Society as a whole, so as to preserve its assets, further its interests, and promote the purposes for which it was formed.

The Board of Directors is made up of Aboriginal people who represent the Victoria community and who hold the holistic vision. This vision is to ensure families and youth have access to culturally appropiate programs and services regardless of financial ability.

Board Member Biographies

board of directors icon Cara Barter

I am a Tsimshian woman from the Gitando tribe out of the house of Skegwet whose home lies along the mighty Skeena River. Growing up on Coast Salish Homeland has given me a great love for the island. I feel very honoured to be able to raise my children here. I am a recent graduate from Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. While I was there, my studies were had a wide range in focus. I was hoping to continue my studies and become an elementary school teacher, but once I graduated I was hired on to the front desk at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. Learning of the important work that happens in friendship centres, I decided to stay on at BCAAFC to support people there. I was drawn to Hulitan because I have a keen interest in lifting native people up and helping support people on their journey. I believe in the power of family. By supporting families we will support the development of strong children and a brighter future for everyone. Tsoyaxsit nism

board of directors iconKathleen King-Hunt  |  Ayalhinaca, Nuxalk Nation

I am honoured to currently reside and work on Coast Salish territory. My current role as District Principal, Aboriginal Programs, S. D. No. 62 has given me the opportunity to develop a genuine relationship with Scia'new, T'Sou-ke and Pacheedaht Nations, as well as numerous, Aboriginal organizations involved in education. Over the past two years, I have worked in collaboration with Aboriginal communities to promote literacy, meaningful and trusting community connection, and raise the profile of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement goals. In my spare time, I am pleased to share I have learned the basics of Coast Salish knitting and attend T'Sou-ke Arts Group, TAG, weekly. I have recently been nominated for civic leadership and healthy communities for Westshore Chamber of Commerce, Westshore Community Awards, 2011.

board of directors iconMarvin Underwood

I am a member of the Tsawout Nation.  I have been involved in the Social Development Program for the past thirty years.

board of directors iconCarl Mashon

Carl Mashon is of Cree ancestry from the Saddle Lake First Nation in north eastern Alberta.  He has three grown children and has been a grateful to live and work on the Coast Salish territory of southern Vancouver Island for over 10 years.  Carl is employed as the General Manager of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and also serves as the Treasurer for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the Makola Group of Societies.  He has a strong work history in technology, serving as an engineer for 10 years in oil and gas exploration and 3 years as  an IT Systems Manager with the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.  He is a very active volunteer in the Aboriginal community and enjoys travel, sailing, cycling, hiking and running.

board of directors iconKolette Cristante

Kolette has been a Director with Hulitan for many years and she currently works for School District #61 as a teacher.

board of directors iconTanya Clarmont

Tanya Clarmont comes from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai of Bear Island, ON.  She moved to BC to further her education while also continuing her career with the Friendship Centre Movement, which now spans 10 years.  She works for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres as the Senior Contract Manager.
Tanya recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in Fine Arts focused in Creative Writing and attended the Banff Arts Centre in the Aboriginal Emerging Artists Program.  She also holds a double Humanities B.A. in Native Studies and Law and Justice from Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. Tanya and her husband are excited to welcome their first child in May 2012.


board of directors iconAlicia BigCanoe

Alicia's roots extend from the Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario and carries Anishinaabe, Metis, and Italian roots. She has a background in Child and Youth Work and in recent years has worked with Metis children and families, the Ministry of Education, and is presently working for the Greater Victoria School District with a focus on Aboriginal Education, and the Indigenous Child Well-Being Research Network with a focus on youth advocacy/youth empowerment. She has also worked with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, is a member of the Hulitan Board of Directors, and has been an active youth voice within local, provincial, and national Metis organizations.

Cheryl Aro

Bio coming soon


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Annual & Financial Reports

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Community Partners

• Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services

• NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services

• School District 62, Aboriginal Education

• Vancouver Island Health Authority

• Victoria Foundation

• M'akola Group of Societies

• Camosun College

• George Jay Elementary, School District 61

•Victoria Native Friendship Center

• Metis Community Services

Our Governance

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society is governed by a Board of Directors.The Board of Directors is made up of Aboriginalvolunteers who represent the Victoria community and who hold our holistic vision.

Hultan Board Members include:

Cara Barter

Kathleen King-Hunt

Marvin Underwood

Carl Mason

Kolette Cristante

Alicia BigCanoe

Tanya Clarmont

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