BCcampus is delighted to announce that Valerie Cross is joining us as director, Collaborative Projects and Indigenous Engagement. Valerie is a proud Tsawwassen First Nation member who was raised on the former Tsawwassen reserve by her grandparents — Isaac Williams, former chief of Tsawwassen, who had maternal ties to the Musqueam First Nation, and Pearl Williams, who had maternal ties to the Squamish First Nation.
Valerie has extensive project management experience through many significant initiatives, including working to transition the Tsawwassen band to a self-governing First Nation, and at the Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council, where she has worked for the past seven years. In addition, she is an elected member of the Tsawwassen First Nation Executive Council. Valerie has also worked as a teaching assistant at the SFU Beedie School of Business, helping to transform learning experiences to include Indigenous perspectives and pedagogies. Valerie has an EMBA in Indigenous business leadership from Simon Fraser University and an adult education diploma from Vancouver Community College.
Quote from executive director Mary Burgess:
“To say we are excited would be a massive understatement. I personally am looking forward to learning from and with Valerie and collaborating with her on many meaningful projects. I know she’s going to help us extend our communities and enable us to better serve the ones we’re already part of.”
We welcome Valerie to our team on May 31, 2021.