Kim Louie - Executive Director
I am Coast Salish from the Tla’amin First Nation, Powell River, BC. I have spent the past 10 years working in the non-profit, provincial based sectors, many of which were spent working with people living with HIV/AIDS. My experience includes working with the following Aboriginal health related organizations; Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Aboriginal Health Association of BC, Lower Mainland Aboriginal Health Council.
I am currently the Executive Director, in which my responsibilities include overseeing current projects and ensuring positive working relationships are developed and maintained with partners, community representatives, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal stakeholder organizations and with relevant government officials in the areas that fall within the provisions of Red Road HIV/AIDS Network Strategic Plan.
I am committed to improving the health and wellness of those who are affected by HIV/AIDS. I continue to work closely with the Board of Directors, members and associates of the society towards the goals of the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Paula Tait – Community Engagement Coordinator
My name is Paula Joyce Tait and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am excited to be part of the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network team as the new Community Engagement Manager.
I am Wet’suwet’en from Moricetown, BC. Born into the Beaver Clan, I am a descendant of my late maternal grandparents, Peter Jim Sr. and Mary Jim, and my late paternal grandparents Thomas Tait and Sarah Tait. I am the youngest of six. My parents are Betty and Philip Tait Sr.
I lived in the Lower Mainland for over 20 years. I have two children, my daughter Taleetha is 23 years old and my son Rahim is 10 years old. We currently live in Surrey, BC.
I studied at the University of British Columbia where I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Canadian Studies. In my professional career, I worked within Metro Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal community in the areas of adoption, treaty, employment, education, early childhood development and HIV/AIDS. More recently, I worked on building relationships with First Nations communities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Regions.
I lived and worked abroad. When I was 19 years old, I lived in Port Said, Egypt, under the Canada World Youth Program. In 2008, I was selected to participate in an Aboriginal Professional Exchange called Group Study Exchange with Rotary International. Our team of five Aboriginal professionals travelled to Western Australia and visited work environments similar to our own. While there, I visited Aboriginal communities in the Outback, including Aboriginal schools and Aboriginal Health Centres. From my visit, I learned that First Nations of Canada are leading the way in Aboriginal Health and Education for Aboriginal people in Australia.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my introduction and I am looking forward to working with everyone.
Paula Joyce Tait
Gina August – Administrative Assistant
Bio coming soon...