Chuchuwayha Family Centre

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The Chuchuwayha Family Centre provides families with services such as, the Parent & Tot program, After School assistance, and a Summer Day Camp program. The Family Centre’s focus is to provide a safe and supportive area for children in the community to learn and thrive, while adding a language and culture component to ensure the children understand their history and are able to pass that along to future generations.

Please contact the Family Centre for questions and registration information. A current list of the programs and services that are running can be found on our monthly calendar here.

To contact the Family Centre please submit the form available here, alternatively you can reach them by phone at 250-292-8299 or email (manager) or (coordinator).


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Meet our Early Childhood Educator, Jessi Tonasket

Jessi lives with her son Jack and they are both USIB band members. She has been a part of this community since she was very young. Jessi has been involved in childcare for over 20 years and cares deeply about USIB and Hedley families. She is very active in the community and surrounding area as a mother and caregiver and is very well known for what she does. Jessi is in the process of completing her Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Meet our Family Centre Program Culture & Language Facilitator, Danette Whitney

Danette (Snínaʔ) is a USIB Band member and lives here in the community. She has many family connections in the community and is a proud mother and grandmother. She is passionate about sharing culture and language with children and families and spends much of her time creating and planning new and exciting ways to share the language with our community. Currently she records videos and uses puppetry to connect with the children in this way. Danette is currently enrolled in nsyilxcən language courses through the Enowkin Centre. In her words “Savouring the essence of the innocence and remembering how to play with love, laughter, and kindness. Planting a seed in the children’s hearts and minds for language and culture to be carried on now and for all the future generations to come.” Waỳ lim ləmt

Meet our Family Centre Program Facilitator, Dori Scoville

Dori is of Cree Indigenous ancestry and lives in Hedley with her partner. She is passionate about holistic and land-based learning and is extremely knowledgeable about gardening and natural remedies. Dori is in the process of completing her Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

Meet our Family Centre Program Facilitator, Brianne Stewart (On Leave)

Brianne lives in Keremeos with her partner and five children. Brianne is a busy and dedicated mom whose 5 children are USIB band members and their family is very involved in the community. Brianne is known for her delicious cooking having catered many USIB events over the years and she now coordinates the nutrition planning for the family centre programs.  Her dedication to children and families in the community shines through in everything she does at the family centre.

Meet our Family Centre Program Coordinator, Heather Adamson

Heather lives in Summerland with her partner and two children. Heather also supports early childhood programming at both Osoyoos Indian Band and Lower Similkameen Indian Band and is passionate about furthering community programming for children and families in First Nation communities. Heather has her Bachelor of Education degree and has been working in the field of child & family support services and community development for the past 16 years.

Meet our Early Childhood Educator, Calaya Simpson

Calaya Simpson is a licensed Early Childhood Educator with the ECE Registry of BC.  She lives in Hedley with her younger brother. As an educator, Calaya provides an enjoyable and safe environment for each child in her care, helping them grow and develop through what they love. She believes each child’s growth and development is strongly dependent on their surroundings and that a positive, motivating, and happy environment will encourage a child’s learning. She is committed to being kind, caring, supportive, understanding, patient, energetic, playful and open minded in order to be a successful role model for children.


Meet our Youth Program Facilitator, Lindsay Fairweather

Lindsay Fairweather was raised in Hedley and currently resides in Keremeos. She has her Community Support Worker diploma, with a focus on addiction care and treatment and trauma informed care. She is an active volunteer in her community and a proud Aunty of many children and youth. Her approach with working with youth is gentle, non-judgmental  and empathetic. She spends most of her free time in the mountains, finding new trails and connecting with the Similkameen river. As a Youth Program Facilitator, it is Lindsay’s goal to empower our teens, helping them find their confidence, passion and voice in a safe and fun environment.