April Ingham – Executive Director
April became the Executive Director of PPP in 2009. Since then, she has overseen multi-year Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded projects for civil society conflict transformation in Manokwari, West Papua. These included the development of women’s networks and cooperatives. April has also assisted in the development of communications strategies along the Sepik River Region of Papua New Guinea and helped produce and host three major Pacific conferences. April has also succeeded in creating public engagement programs that connect the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the South Pacific while opening space for all who care about Pacific concerns.
April is currently a Director of the Canada Council for International Development, an Advisor to the School of Technology and Education for Royal Roads University, and is active in a number of organizations including the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCICC) and Media-Net. She boasts an impressive career and record of service within the non-profit sector, most notably with the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, public art galleries, the BC Arts Council, and the BC Museums Association. Throughout her career, April has successfully managed complex projects in a cross-cultural and multi-stakeholder context. Prior to joining PPP, she worked for three years as Production Manager for the nationally broadcast Indigenous arts and culture television show “The New Canoe”. She is also credited as part of the development team for the web-based Indigenous language archiving system First Voices.
Siobhan Powlowski – Deputy Director
As Deputy Director, Siobhan is responsible for development, communications and One Wave Festival. Irish-Ukrainian by descent, Siobhan was raised by her community in Rurunga, Vanuatu and Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. Her dominant language for many years was Bislama, and she is now proud to work at Pacific Peoples’ Partnership in honor of her ni-Vanuatu family (Silas, Lucas, Rose and Edlyne).
Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Victoria, with a specialization in International Development. Prior to her position at Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, Siobhan worked in social services, overseeing the development and management of advocacy, housing and outreach programs for individuals with multiple barriers. Outside of work, Siobhan is passionate about the arts, community development and local farming.
Pawa Haiyupis – Program Director
Pawa is Nuu-chah-nulth from Ahousaht Territory. As Programs Director, she is responsible for our International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, as well as Red Tide: First Peoples Climate Summit.
For over fourteen years, Pawa has worked across Canada with a variety of Indigenous leaders, creating awareness about Aboriginal rights and responsibilities. She is passionate about developing programs that connect youth and communities to language, ceremony, children, healthy families and a respectful relationship with all creation in their territories.
Peter Gardner – Chair, Fundraising Committee
Peter has a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Natural Resource Management and Economic Development. Between his MA and PhD, he worked in the financial markets in Toronto and Vancouver for several years. After completing his PhD he taught university for more than a decade before taking a break to join the British Columbia government for four years working as a senior manager in Economic Development.
Returning to the academic world, Peter taught economics at Royal Roads Military College for four years before joining the faculty at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific where he taught for 17 years. This included two years helping to start a new United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina where, in addition to teaching economics, he was the Pastoral Coordinator and the University Guidance Counsellor. Subsequently, Peter served on the startup team for the first International Baccalaureate school in West Bengal, India. When he returned to Canada he was able to turn his full attention to working with the NGOs and charitable organizations he had helped over the years. His focus is now on fund raising and assisting with designing strategic plans that will bring practical help to those in need in Canada and around the world.
Alan Thomas – Financial Officer
Alan has an MBA, a CPA accounting designation, and an undergraduate business degree. His past work in the public and private sector includes being the Business Planning Director for BC Emergency Health Services, Director of Finance for Vifor Pharmaceuticals (in both Canada and Switzerland), Regional Head of Finance for Aviva Insurance Company Western Canada, and Manager/Director, Planning and Analysis and Alderwoods Group. He currently acts as a Finance/Accounting Consultant.
His work philosophy has always been to “roll up his sleeves” to resolve issues, and to act as a business partner to the leadership team. He feels strongly that an accountant/finance officer needs to go beyond the typical statutory requirements of the role, and add value through the strategic planning process to ensure optimal use of both financial and human capital. He believes in the importance of team work and mutual respect throughout all levels of an organization.
Andy Nystrom – Archivist and Research Assistant Volunteer
Andy has two BAs (English Major, Psychology Minor; Sociology Major); over two decades later he is still trying to find some use for them. He first started volunteering with PPP in 2010. He acts as an archivist for Tok Blong Pasifik, maintaining inventories and scanning earlier issues. His outside interests include movies, comics, travel (including extensive explorations of northwest Washington and Oregon, the “Golden Horseshoe” area of Ontario and the general vicinity of Montreal) and photography (with over 3.4 million photos uploaded to Flickr). At some point he’d like to get novels published.
Dana Johnson – Program Coordinator
Dana’s passion for sustainable ecological stewardship and Indigenous solidarity is what led her to join the team as a Program Coordinator. She is a former Rotary International Youth Exchange Student, currently working towards a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Her other interests include painting, biking, rapping, and practicing a zero waste lifestyle. Dana is a Gitwangak band member, born and raised in Penticton, British Columbia.
Irene McGee – Development Coordinator
Irene recently joined Pacific People’s Partnership as a summer intern acting as Development Coordinator.
Originally from rural South Western Ontario, Irene moved to Victoria just a year ago to attend the University of Victoria’s law school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminal Justice from Ryerson University, and is passionate about children’s rights and gender equity
AustinWillis – Multimedia Coordinator
As Multimedia Coordinator Austin is responsible for designing, producing, editing and managing various forms of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership’s media. He is originally from Piedmont, California, and moved to Victoria in 2015 to pursue degrees in Visual Arts and English at the University of Victoria. He hopes to finish his undergraduate and continue on to pursue a Master’s Degree in the Arts. His passion for Visual Arts extends from the classroom, to everyday life as well as public development. With experience in, and love for Public Arts, Austin believes that the production of public works and events can foster and develop beneficial qualities within communities.
Kiana Swift – Cultural Liaison and Media Assistant
Kiana has taken on the newly developed role of Cultural liaison and media coordinator. She has grown up in the small town of Sooke and currently attends Mount Douglas Secondary School. Kiana has a strong passion for her Tongan heritage which has lead her to become apart of the PPP.
Her hobbies and recreational activities include soccer, reading and days spent at the beach. She hopes to pursue Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia.