Aboriginal Services Team

If you have general questions about our services please contact us toll free at
1-877 755-2266 or



Anthony Isaac
Aboriginal Services Coordinator
(250) 762-5445 ext 4322

Anthony joined Aboriginal Services at Okanagan College in 2014. He is a member of the Ajijaak Indoodem (Crane Clan) and comes from Bkejwanong Territory, or Walpole Island First Nation located in South Western Ontario. He earned a BSc degree in Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. Continuing in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Anthony completed his Master’s degree in Occupation Science, focusing his photovoice research on occupational injustices faced by First Nations youth as they pursued post-secondary education.

Anthony has over 10 years of experience working in Aboriginal education and his professional background includes work as an Aboriginal Advisor, researcher, and events coordinator. He has a strong passion for hiking, mountain biking, camping, hunting, canoeing, and surfing. Anthony feels honoured to live, work and play here on the traditional territories of Okanagan and Shuswap people. 


Marilyn Alexis 
Educational Advisor, Aboriginal Transition Planner 
Vernon Campus
(250) 545-7291 ext. 2284 (Mon. Tues. Thurs. & Fri.) or 2209 (Wed.) 

I'm a member of the Lower Similkameen Nation but was born In Vernon, BC. I was raised on both the Lower Similkameen and Okanagan reserves. After graduating from Vernon Senior Secondary, I attended Trinity Western University and completed both my Bachelor of Science degree, (majoring in Biochemistry) and my requirements for Naturopathic Medicine. I spent three additional years training with Wild Rose College in Vancouver and completed my preceptorship during the summer months at the Naturopathic Clinic in Penticton, B.C. While raising my children, Willow and Sage, I decided to change career paths and work for Okanagan University College as an Academic Advisor and First Nation Mentor. I've worked with OUC and OC for the past seven years. I'm energetic, supportive, and I encourage students to persevere and to not quit. I always say, your first year is the big challenge, and when someone says you can’t, I know you can. 

Alt_Gail_PhotoGail Smith 
Aboriginal Transition Planner 
Kelowna Campus

(250) 762-5445 ext. 4682

I am from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and have lived in both Winnipeg and Vancouver.  My background is in the financial service industry and I’ve owned and operated three different businesses. When I moved to the Okanagan 15 years ago, it was a struggle to find full-time work, so I returned to school. Even though I graduated from high school, it had been a while, so I needed to upgrade my skills. I started out at the Vernon Campus taking both Math and English.The counseling staff at the Okanagan College suggested I visit the Career Cruising website (accessible to all Okanagan College students) so I could determine my strengths and line that up with a career.  Interestingly, I chose to ignore the test results, which pointed to teaching, mentoring or counseling. Instead I enrolled in a computer science program because I had heard they make good money. I quickly learned it wasn’t for me and I transferred to business. But it took mentors like Craig Smith, my English 12 instructor, and Deborah Warren, my Computer Science instructor, to help me see things in a different light. Craig told me the true goal in life is to be paid for what you love doing, while Deborah shared that when life hits hard, don’t take it personally and bring along an advocate. 

So today I’ve come full circle – following my true passion as a mentor and passing on what I’ve learned. I understand how overwhelming it can be to juggle studying, exams and assignments all the while leading a busy life. I also appreciate first-hand the challenges many Aboriginal students face, and it’s my pleasure to help in whatever way I can by offering support, a listening ear and, if required, that advocate we all sometimes need.

Marcy TrotterMarcy Trotter 
Aboriginal Transition Planner 
Penticton Campus
(250) 492-4305 ext. 3280

I am a member of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band in Keremeos BC.  I joined Okanagan College in February, 2010 in the role of Aboriginal Recruiting and Events Coordinator for the South Okanagan-Similkameen and Central Okanagan regions. I have a BA in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Okanagan College I worked for more than 10 years with School District #53 (Okanagan-Similkameen) as a First Nations Support Worker for Similkameen Elementary Secondary School. I spend most of my days connecting with local Aboriginal Communities to assist Aboriginal students with their educational goals and I help students discover opportunities at Okanagan College. For any questions or requests I can be reached at my home campus in Penticton  

Alt_Caroline_photoCaroline Chartier 
Aboriginal Transition Planner 
Salmon Arm Campus 
(250) 832-2126 ext. 

I'm a member of the Lakota Sioux Nation with Métis ancestry, born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. I attended elementary and junior high school in Winnipeg before moving to BC and attending high school in Vancouver. Soon thereafter I got married and had a son. I continued my education through night classes and weekend courses at local colleges while working full time and raising a family. In 1997 I moved to the Okanagan where I was hired by School District #83 (Shuswap School District) as a First Nations Support Worker. In 2006, I was hired by Okanagan College as an Aboriginal Mentor for the Salmon Arm Campus and in 2010 hired as the Aboriginal Recruiting and Events Assistant for the North Okanagan/Shuswap-Revelstoke Region. I am passionate about what I do and I take pride in helping students in any way I can.



JGillies Jewell Gillies
 Aboriginal Transitions Planner
 Kelowna Campus
 250-762-5445 ext 4498


Jewell is Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation on the West      Coast (Wolf clan). She comes from 5 plus years working as an Aboriginal Student Advocate  for School District 23 (Central Okanagan). In that time Jewell has fostered enduring relationships with her students, their families, and the community supports to provide a holistic wrap around approach to support for Indigenous youth. Her goal has been to provide cultural/spiritual practices and teachings as well as support a student’s sense of understanding of their indigenous identity as part of their overall educational journey.

Jewell's work experience previous to advocacy was in the criminal justice system serving as a Police Officer for the Vancouver Police Department for over 5 years. She is passionate about connecting with her community and providing them every opportunity possible to see success in their life goals. Jewell feels very fortunate to be able to raise her young child in the traditional territories of the Okanagan people and spends as much time as possible out exploring the hiking/biking trails and beaches.