Our Current Team

Kim van der Woerd Founder – Sole Proprietor

Kim van der Woerd

Kim van der Woerd

Kim van der Woerd  is a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation from Alert Bay, BC.

Kim completed her PhD in Psychology at Simon Fraser University and her dissertation research focused on a comprehensive participatory evaluation of a Federally funded First Nations substance abuse treatment centre. Kim has over 17 years of experience conducting local, provincial and national program evaluations, and conducting research.

Kim has received the following awards and distinctions for her research and evaluation work:

  • Canadian Evaluation Society – Contributions to Evaluation in Canada Award 2014
  • Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Methodology or Practice, 2007
  • Lorne M. Kendall Memorial Scholarship – Thesis award
Fellowships from:

  • Canadian Institute for Health Research – Institute for Aboriginal People’s Health
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
  • BC Health Research Foundation
  • Canadian Health Service Research Foundation
  • Native Education Centre Aboriginal Health Careers Graduate Fellowship
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Monique Auger – Research Associate

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Monique Auger

Monique Auger is Métis and is very connected to her community within Métis Nation Greater Victoria and the larger network of Métis Nation BC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies, with an interdisciplinary focus on health sciences and research and plans to continue her education with the goal of obtaining a Master of Science in Community Health, with a focus on Aboriginal health and community-based research. She has been very fortunate to have many meaningful research and policy positions with the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria, Sasamans (‘Our Children’) Society, the Aboriginal Healthy Living Branch at the Ministry of Health, the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, the Institute of Aboriginal Health at the UBC, and Reciprocal Consulting.

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Cassidy Caron – Research Associate

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Cassidy Caron

Cassidy Caron is Métis and a proud member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. Cassidy graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in First Nations Studies and History from Vancouver Island University. Working with and for Aboriginal communities is Cassidy’s passion, she has spent time volunteering with the Community Cousins Aboriginal Student Mentorship Program, as well as completed an internship working with the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group. She has most recently had her first experience in research and policy work while employed by the Aboriginal Youth Internship and working with the B.C. Ministry of Environment.
Cassidy’s future academic and career goals are to further pursue a higher education in order to be able to continuously dedicate her time and energy to capacity building for positive change in Aboriginal communities.


Samantha Tsuruda – Research Associate

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Samantha Tsuruda

Samantha Tsuruda is from the Stó:l? and Spuzzum Nations in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Samantha is in her second year of her Masters program at UBC in Population and Public Health. Her experience in community-based evaluation work at Reciprocal Consulting has primarily been with health promotion and crime prevention programs. Samantha has a passion for improving youth health and engagement, and she wrote two publications on the health of Aboriginal youth in BC at the McCreary Centre Society. She particularly enjoys research and learning about diverse cultures, building relationships, and fostering capacity in communities to promote health and wellness. Samantha is also in her third season volunteering at the YWCA Vancouver’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program, and is sitting on the board of the McCreary Centre Society.


 Billie Joe Rogers – Research Associate

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Billie Joe Rogers

Billie Joe Rogers is an Ojibwe member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation and is currently a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Law and Forensic Psychology program. Billie Joe completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, and her Master of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD research builds on her Masters research and focuses on the strengths of young offenders affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Billie Joe began working with Reciprocal Consulting in the fall of 2010, and would like to continue working in the field of justice in both an evaluation and policy capacity. In addition to her work and education, Billie Joe ensures that she has time to volunteer, as she has the desire and commitment to give back to the community. In the past she has volunteered with the many of the Metro-Vancouver YWCA programs


Danette Jubinville – Research Assistant

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Danette Jubinville

Danette Jubinville is Plains Cree and Anishinaabe, and has had the honour and privilege of being born and raised in the lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Danette is currently completing the fourth year of her undergraduate degree in First Nations Studies at UBC. During the course of her studies, she has held a number of different community engagement and research-related positions with the UBC First Nations House of Learning, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, the Urban Native Youth Association, and the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society. Danette is passionate about the work she has been involved with at the UBC Farm Indigenous Health Garden, and with the YWCA’s Aboriginal Mentorship program. She hopes to pursue further studies in the field of Aboriginal health and midwifery. ion in medicine while continuing her work in research and on-the-ground in local Indigenous communities.


Some of our past team members

Matt Ward – Research Assistant

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Matt Ward

Matt Ward is a queer Indigenous person from Driftpile Cree Nation in northern Alberta. Growing up in Slave Lake, AB and graduating from high school in Edmonton, Matt is now in his final year of his undergraduate degree at UBC Vancouver. There he is apart of the First Nations Studies Program and Political Science department. His studies are focused on queer Indigenous theory, Indigenous feminism, decolonial theory, and intersectional identity politics. He is the President of the First Nations Studies Student Association and a Collective member of The Talon at UBC. When he isn’t busy reading, writing, editing, or researching, he’s probably eating pizza.


Kylee Swift – Research Associate

Kylee Swift

Kylee Swift

Kylee Swift is a Métis woman from Maple Ridge, British Columbia and the mother of two. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and has worked with Reciprocal Consulting since 2006. Kylee enjoys working with communities and organizations to help them evaluate their services and build their capacity in evaluation. She is passionate about contributing to the health and wellness of Aboriginal people in all areas of health. Kylee is also a dancer, instructor and editor for Halau Hula Ka’Uhane O Ka Pakipika Dance School.


Scott Franks – Research Assistant

Scott Franks

Scott Franks

Scott Franks is Métis from La Ronge, Saskatchewan and is a member of the Nova Metis Heritage Association in Surrey, British Columbia. Scott is an alumni of McGill University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Political Science. He anticipates attending law school in 2013, where he hopes to continue his academic focus on colonial legal thought and practice, and Indigenous socio-legal thought.

Scott is also an alumni of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and a past recipient of the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Community Leadership. He has worked in the areas of Aboriginal community capacity and information technology development, First Nations language education and policy, and Aboriginal victim services. Scott is passionate about sharing his research and scholarship with others.


Brittany Bingham– Research Assistant

Brittany Bingham

Brittany Bingham

Brittany Bingham is a member of the Sechelt Nation on the Sunshine Coast, BC.

Brittany completed her B.A. (honours) in Psychology and Master’s in Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She is currently working on her PhD in Health Sciences also at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD work will focus on trauma and mental health among homeless Aboriginal women in Canada. Brittany has been working with Reciprocal Consulting since 2006 and is passionate about conducing research with Aboriginal communities and organizations with the aim of improving Aboriginal health. Brittany is the mother of an 18 month old little girl and has a passion for child photography.


Keisha Charnley – Research Assistant

Keisha Charnley

Keisha Charnley

Keisha Charnley is from the Katzie First Nation and is currently completing an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science with a focus on Indigenous Peoples & Land Health at UBC. She has worked in Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal community since 2008 with programs such as: Vancouver Native Health Society, Tu’wusht Garden Project, Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society, the Institute for Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal Water Health Project and UBC’s Indigenous Research Partnerships. Keisha is passionate about Aboriginal health and healing and believes that our relationships with the land are central to this work. Her hope is to continue with future education in medicine while continuing her work in research and on-the-ground in local Indigenous communities.


Nicole Muir – Research Assistant

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Nicole Muir

Nicole Muir is a member of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan. After completing a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) at University of Saskatchewan and McGill University respectively, she worked in various frontline positions across Canada. Some of these positions were: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Resource worker, Youth Worker, Family Home Visitor at an Aboriginal Child Protection agency, English Language teacher, Addictions Counselor and Traditional Counselor at an Aboriginal Health unit in Ontario. She attended York University to study psychology and while there, volunteered in three research labs. Currently, she is in her first year of Clinical Child Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include working with Aboriginal children and youth who are in the foster care system.