Ta na wa Shéway I7x̱w ta Úxwumixw
(Planning & Capital Projects)
Director, Planning & Capital Projects
Bob Sokol is a planner with 30 years of experience working with communities to achieve their desired futures. His work with the Squamish Nation is focused on engaging with Squamish Nation members to chart a course for a sustainable and vibrant future for the Nation encompassing land use, culture, language, health, housing and the environment.
Planning Manager (on leave)
Lesley Campbell is Mik’maq from Newfoundland (NL). Her family is from Miawpukek/Conne River (NL) and Antigonish, Nova Scotia and she was raised in Stephenville, NL. She has been living on Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh territory since 2007. Her husband is from Nak’azdli (Fort St. James, B.C.) and they have 4 children ages 14, 10, 3, and a newborn. Lesley has been working with the Squamish Nation as Manager of Planning with Planning & Capital Projects since January 2021 and considers it an honor to support the Nation in its planning endeavors. Prior to working with Squamish Nation, Lesley worked at the City of Vancouver supporting their reconciliation goals and cultural infrastructure projects. She has also worked at the First Nations Health Authority focused on regional planning and community engagement.
Ruby Carrico was born and raised on the unceded and shared territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations in what is now known as Vancouver. She comes to her role as Planner with Planning & Capital Projects from the non-profit sector where she worked in housing, facilitation, and community engagement. She has a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation and a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning with a specialization in Indigenous Community Planning, both obtained from UBC. Ruby has been with the Squamish Nation since February 2022 is excited and honoured to be working on the Squamish Nation Generational Plan and other planning projects.
Mestl’áxwts, Jessica Walker is a proud Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw member and is a descendant of the Johnston family. Jessica also comes from Ukrainian heritage on her mother’s side. She has worked for the Squamish Nation for last two years at Ayás Mén̓men and is now starting a new path as a planner and will be primarily working on the 2050 generational plan. She has been learning traditional plant use and Coast Salish weaving and is grateful for the teachings and to be from good people who have such rich history and connection with the land.
Community Coordinator Intern
Reeva Billy (ancestral name: Sialtinot) is from the Squamish, Yale and Nuxalk nations. Born and raised in Squamish traditional territory, her family is known for dugout war canoe building and racing. She has been racing in these canoes since she was 6 years old, and as a teenager started helping her father and brother build and renovate dugout war canoes. However, she found her strength in the administrative aspects of the North Vancouver Canoe Club, taking on the roles of; grant writer, treasurer, and spokesperson. In her career, Reeva has continued to develop these skills at the BC Arts Council and Canoe Cultures.
Reeva is working on her BA and majoring in First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC, with a minor in Sociology. She is currently hired at Planning and Capital Projects as the Community Coordinator Intern, mainly working with her mentors Jessica and Ruby on the Squamish Nation Generational Plan, as well as strengthening the connection with members from the Squamish Valley."
Community Working Group
A six-person group of members was established in September 2022 to advise and support the Generational Plan team. The group meets once a month and provides support on items such as knowledge translation, report form and communication style, and ensuring that Sḵwx̱wú7mesh traditions and culture are incorporated into both the process and the outputs of the project.
If you are interested in learning more about the role of the Community Working Group please reach out to Ruby Carrico, Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-858-4180.
Staff Advisory Group
The Staff Advisory Group is an inter-departmental working group for the Generational Plan with representatives from all 13 departments as well as Nch’kay Development Corporation and Hiyam Housing Society.