Our Staff

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre has 67 staff annually and 11 summer support staff. Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre maintains an organizational chart that designates all lines of authority in the organization. The roles and responsibility has an existing supervisory authority within the society’s structure. The centre has established a criteria and expectation of staff. We do promote staff wellness by offering various training. Staff has participated in either one, two or three phases of the “Personal Empowerment” as part of team building. Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre staff are focusing on working together as a team collaboratively to better service the community needs, and taking care of themselves.

Our Volunteers

The participation of volunteers is enlisted in the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s programs and activities. Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre has established a criteria in the selection of volunteers and an expectation of their participation in all programs.

Management Team


Grace Elliott Nielsen, PhD, OBC
Executive Director


Inga Nielsen Cooper
Culture, Recreation & Youth Program Director


Courtney Defriend, MA
Management Team


Claudio Aguilera
Management Team