Aboriginal Services Team

If you have general questions about our services please contact us toll free at 1-877-755-2266 or email aboriginal@okanagan.bc.ca

Jewell Gillies
Jewell Gillier

Aboriginal Transition Program 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 prior to advocacy was in the criminal justice system serving as a Police Officer for the City of 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.

Marilyn Alexis
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, B.C. 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.

Marcy Trotter
Marcy Trotter

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

I am a member of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band in Keremeos B.C. 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.

Caroline Chartier
Caroline Chartier

Aboriginal Transition Planner
Salmon Arm Campus
(250) 832-2126 ext. 8275

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 B.C. 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.

Anthony Isaac
Anthony Isaac

Aboriginal Services Coordinator
Currently Seconded to Indigenization Portfolio
(250) 762-5445 ext. 4322

Anthony joined Aboriginal Services at Okanagan College in 2014. He is Ojibway, a member of the Ajijaak Indoodem (Crane Clan) and comes from Bkejwanong Territory, otherwise known as 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 the 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 program coordinator. He has a strong passion for hockey, hiking, mountain biking, camping, hunting, canoeing, and surfing. Anthony feels honored to live, work and play here on the traditional and unceded territories of Okanagan-Syilx and Secwepemc people(s).