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Education -Post Secondary

My name is Veronica Billows and I am the Aboriginal Support Worker for Homalco First Nation and School District #72 assigned to Georgia Park Elementary and Timberline Secondary schools.  I currently have approximately 110 Students with Aboriginal Ancestry – 45 students at Georgia Park, 105 students at Timberline and within those students there are 30 Homalco students who live on reserve. 

Aboriginal Support Workers play an integral role in the education of Aboriginal students, we work directly with students and parents and caregivers.   We support students in a variety of ways. For example assisting students in accessing appropriate professional services if necessary, tracking attendance and reviewing report cards to ensure student success, acting as a liaison between the school and home, helping to arrange cultural activities, field trips, and by supporting nutrition programs. 

Each year we bridge the gap between the local schools and aboriginal communities by hosting a variety of events throughout the school year such as a “Meet and Greet”, which involves parents/caregivers and school district staff at surrounding schools – this gives the parents/guardians the opportunity to meet staff (vise, versa) and get updates on their child(ren)’s progress at school.  In addition Homalco’s Culture is being brought into the schools through Coast Salish Language Class taught by a Homalco Elder, having Homalco’s Culture Group preform for our schools for Aboriginal Days and/or opening for an assembly, bringing Homalco carvers into the classrooms, displaying their carvings and telling Homalco’s traditional stories through their artwork.

I look forward to assisting all of our students with their academic goals!

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