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Helping Hands

Coordination Projects & Volunteering 


Stó:lō Territory as a Family Support worker to a Delegated Social Worker with 23 communities. In community Community Development Worker for 4 years understanding the Child and Family Services, Community Care and Elders Advisory Committees.


Cowichan 2008 Spirit Pole, Emergency Management and Sports. 

GATHERINGS - Elders and Youth

1. Honoured to support 7 Annual BC Elders Gatherings and co-chair, Chair from 35th to Coordinator of the 40th. 

2. Death Protocols in First Nations Communities for first responders in Stó:lō Territory. 

3. Watching Young Eagles Soar Gathering. 

4. Fraser Region Youth Team BC Soccer to Gold Medal winners 2017 NAIG.

5. Numerous workshops and celebrations and community events.

Dianne Garner

My Journey 

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Weytk, I am member of the Adams Lake te Secwépemc Nation. I am a guest residing in the Stó:lō Territory in Chilliwack. I was raised with my adoptive parents and twin brother on a small farm in Matsqui.


I have a daughter who is also an Adams Lake community member and an archaeologist. My son is a Union Bar community member and owner of Riverside Contractors. I began my role as a Community Development worker 27 years ago in the Stó:lō Territory. I have coordinated many different projects and community events throughout BC and Canada.  I am honoured and grateful for all the Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have supported me reconnecting with my culture. So many have provided me with guidance, experience and respect in each project or event in my roles and responsibilities to date. 

Community Events

Training and Certificates 

  • Aboriginal Leadership Certificate

  • Emergency Management Training

  • Native Community Counselling Program 

  • CISM Individual and Group Certification

  • Pre Apprenticeship Mechanic Program 

  • Social Services Field and After Hours Counselling response in community and out of community members. 

  • 6 years Board Experience Indigenous Child & Family Services Agency.

  • 3 years Board of Abbotsford International Airshow and 37 years as volunteer and Captain of Security for VIP for 15 years.

  • Liaison with local municipality, provincial and federal governments 

  • Indigenous Organizations and business

  • Local Shaw TV reporter for First Nation Communities.

  • Called to present on First Nation events in conferences in all of community to better understand success of partnerships. 

  • Kind, Respectful and committed to others