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 four 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.
Jaimie Sumner – Operations Coordinator
Jaimie is thrilled to join the team as Operations Coordinator. She grew up on a farm in the prairies and has been a grateful guest on beautiful Lekwungen territory for the past eight years. She is deeply inspired by these lands and waters, and her longtime passions are art, story, and community. She is eager to learn all she can about Indigenous experiences and history in the South and North Pacific and to be of service to these communities. Jaimie has always felt strongly about human rights, Indigenous rights, and community development. These interests led her to learning opportunities in places including Malawi, Washington State, Hartley Bay, and Squamish. Her B.A.Sc. focused on the question, “How can we use art to create socially and ecologically healthy communities?” Jaimie’s research and experience bolster her belief in the power of art to advance social change.
Jaimie has a history in management, event planning, and arts facilitation. She has been privileged to work in the non-profit field over the past 12 years and on arts projects in theatre, storytelling, writing, and visual arts. A few of her projects include facilitating a community story group, co-producing a play on the mental health system, and documenting arts projects for the Inter-Cultural Association. She has also volunteered with Girls Rock Camp and Together Against Poverty Society and managed a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Pawa Haiyupis – Program Associate
Pawa is Nuu-chah-nulth from Ahousaht Territory. As our Program Associate, she assists with the design and coordination of our programs that included our proposed International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, as well as Red Tide: International Indigenous Climate Action 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.
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 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.
Jaegar is currently completing a BFA at the University of Victoria, specializing in Creative Writing and Film Studies. As multimedia coordinator, his work includes soliciting, creating and distributing content, assisting in the creative development of our annual One Wave festival, and utilizing the arts to facilitate opportunities for the public to learn, among other things. Jaegar’s passion for the arts and social justice is what drove him to pursue a position with PPP, and he hopes to use this experience to further develop his media-related skills, as well as learn how to become a more effective ally for the many Indigenous cultures that inhabit the Pacific Region. When he’s not working, Jaegar can usually be found with his roommates, filming short videos, making music, or skateboarding.
Cedar joined our team as our Intercultural Research Associate by way of his graduating internship placement with us early in 2020. In the last decade, he has lived, studied and worked in Latin America for five years and is graduating in Latin American Studies and Intercultural Education. Since childhood, a strong sense of importance for selfless service and contributing to society at large was instilled in him. This inspired Cedar to learn more about society’s needs and shortcomings in order to cultivate an appropriate offering to help harmonize the natural world and humanity’s role within it. His curiosity, appreciation, and passion for nature brought him to a path of critical inquiry which inspired a longing for ancestral self-understanding and clear connection with place. Over the years he has built relationships with Indigenous traditions of the Amazon as well as with the Annishnaabe community where he was raised in Duluth Minnesota and is deeply grateful for being a welcomed visitor in unceded WSANEC and Lekwungen territories. As he continues to travel and learn about the challenges humanity faces, he recognizes a common struggle to look beyond short-sighted, selfish interests in order to place the collective good and the regenerative power of Earth as first and foremost. In a world of beautiful diversity Cedar strives to honor and bridge our differences so we may work together in harmony for all generations to come.