Director-at-Large: Courtney Defriend
Courtney Defriend was born and raised in Nanaimo. Her mother is from Stz’uminus First Nation and her father originally comes from Scotland. Courtney is the Regional Manager for Vancouver Island in Mental Health and Wellness with First Nation’s Health Authority. Courtney has worked with interdisciplinary teams, specifically on social issues such as child and youth mental health, addictions, and homelessness. Courtney practices with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care and a Master of Arts in Leadership. She also holds a certificate in Family Mediation as she has much passion working with the child welfare system and the complexities within family systems.