Our Team

Vicki W. Manuel

Manager: Community Engagement, Investigation and Social Support

Vicki is an intergenerational survivor, from Tk̓emlu̓ps te Secwe̓pemc, with three grown children (Ashley, Alecia and Jada) and a grand daughter Aveah.  Vicki and her partner Peter live and work in beautiful Tk̓emlu̓ps.  Charlotte Manuel (Vicki̓ ̓s mom) has passed down Secwe̓pemc traditional knowledge that grounds Vicki in her everyday life and dealings. Vicki has her Masters in Community Development from the University of Victoria and  Bachelor of General Studies in First Nations Leadership and Administration from Simon Fraser University. Recently employed by First Nations Health Authority as a Project Developer and Planner.  Vicki served on Tk̓emlu̓ps te Secwe̓pemc Band Council for six years. Vicki is humbled and grateful to come and support the Le Estcwiwice̓y̓ (The Missing).

Fred Seymour

Manager: Projects, 13 Grassroots, Chief and Council Liason

Fred is a TteS band member and has 18 years combined experience as past Chief and Council member from 2000-2018.  He is looking forward to working and connecting with all TteS staff. Fred recognizes that his project is bigger than all of us and is eager to bring his knowledge and skills to help contribute in a positive way.

Shelly Manuel-South MSW, RSW, BCCSW

Mental Health and Wellness Manager

Thank you for providing me with the time and space to introduce myself. My name is Shelly Manuel South. My parents are Ken Manuel (Tk’emlups te Secwepemc) and Toni (Schaffer) Stepp. My Grandparents were Theodore Gottfredson and Mary Louise (Manuel) Thomas and Jess Schaffer and Lucy Brown. My spouse and I just celebrated 28 years of marriage and have two sons. I currently reside in my home territory of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc.

Presently, I am an independent consultant/contractor specializing in Mental Health, Wellness, and Healing and have been contracted by Le Estcwicwéy as the Mental Health and Wellness Manager. I am a registered Social Worker and hold membership with the BC College of Social Workers. Most of my professional career has been in the capacity of supporting Indigenous children, youth, and families, assisting them in working through issues connected to trauma and abuse and developing self-care skills and coping strategies through holistic healing, and wellness.

I am very passionate about holistic healing, and self-care and I honor and support individual, family, and community wellness wherever they are in the healing process. While I am mindful that the healing journey is life long, different for each individual and filled with trials and tribulations, I firmly believe we can all achieve wellness. In the healing journey it is necessary to recognize the interconnectedness of all that surrounds us and focus on all areas of our being, to achieve a balanced wellness.

Larry Read

Communications Specialist

Larry has lived on the unceded territory of Tk̓emlu̓ps te Secwe̓pemc since 1990. He has been a broadcast journalist for over 40 years including 15 years as the host of the CFJCTV Midday show. He started the Athletics PR department at Thompson Rivers University and ran it for 13 years.  He is honored to be a part of the Le Estcwiwice̓y̓ team and tell this story in the right way.  Larry is married to Lenora and they have four daughters (Candice, Nicole, Kayla and April) and two grand children (Thys and Remi).  Larry is a TRU Distinguished Alumni for Community Service and has been involved in a number of non profits and charitable events in Kamloops including most recently: the 2022 Canada 55+ games,  Kamloops Sports Council, Ribfest and Raise a Reader. He has sat on a number of non profits boards including Kamloops  Youth Soccer, Kamloops Hospice, and Community Futures of Thompson Country.

Tamara Narcisse

Le Estcwicwéy̓ Administrative Assistant

Tamara is from Xaxlip (Fountain) First Nation and Williams Lake, BC, she has been living in the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc for 10 years, she is a proud mother of one daughter and two sons. Tamara is grateful to be here today, she is an intergenerational survivor, her grandparents and mother are all Residential schools survivors. This department is important and she is thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to helping carry out this work in a good way.

Tamara is close with her family, she loves going to traditional gatherings, and learning about cultural ways of knowing and being. Tamara has worked in the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc community before as a Pow Wow Coordinator for the Kamloopa Pow Wow Society for two years, she’s studied at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Thompson Rivers University where she was working on her Bachelor of Arts Degree before joining Le Estcwicwéy̓ (The Missing).

Gail Barker

Event Planner

Gail grew up in the unceded territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, with an older brother and sister.  She is married and has two grown daughters (Nicole and Tamara).  She was previously employed by the BC Lottery Corporation for 16 years, 8 years that were spent as an Executive Secretary to the Director, Information System.  Gail spent the last 17 years operating her own company as an Event Planner.  She enjoys spending time with her family and her pets which include a dog, cat and horses. Gail is very honoured to be working in the Le Estcwiwice̓y̓ department, and with the Ttes members.

Laurel-Leigh Lefthand

Project Coordinator

LaurelLeigh is a member of the Îyarhé Iyéthka (Stoney Bearspaw) Nation of Treaty 7 in Alberta.
LaurelLeigh is a mother of 3 and relocated to Kamloops as her husband of 15 years is currently attending law school at TRU. LaurelLeigh graduated from the University of Alberta with BA in Native studies and minored in Political Science, embedded within her degree is also an Indigenous Governance and Partnership Certificate. LaurelLeigh also holds a diploma from the Keyano College in Aboriginal Child and Family Services. LaurelLeigh has experience in high-profile portfolios with the Federal Government, such as Jordan’s Principle. Laurel-Leigh stays rooted in her culture through teachings as taught to her by her Nakoda Matriarchs.

 

 

 

Oral Telling's Coordinator

Devan is a band member born and raised in Tk’emlups te Secwe̓pemc.   His grandparents are Russel Leonard (Tk’emlups te Secwe̓pemc) and Coreen Bellis (Haida Gwaii).  His parents are Andrew Swaine, and Veronica Leonard (Tk’emlups te Secwe̓pemc).  He attended TRU with a focus on clinical psychology where he practiced restorative justice programs at the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre.  Devan has over a decade of experience working for Secwepemc Nation at the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Stk’emlupsemc te Secwe̓pemc, and is honoured to bring his expertise to the Le Estcwicwéy team in his home community.

Devan is passionate about sports and has spent over 15 years as a hockey official in Kamloops and now uses this experience to mentor young officials on their paths to advancing to the junior hockey ranks.  He has also spent many years writing and performing music as well as organizing live performances for charity and other community events around the Kamloops area.

Warren Rain

Oral Telling's Assistant

Warren Rain is an Alberta born native moving to Kamloops 6 years ago. His father is Benjamin Cardinal (Saddle Lake First Nations) and his mother Charlene Rain (Paul band First Nations). Warren is a father of 4. Having many years of experience in construction and trades, as well as a background in catering (Chef Warren catering). His academic background includes Accounting and Legal Administration, in which he plans on finishing his Law Degree in Indigenous Law sometime in the near future. Warren has worked in law offices for the past 2 years and hopes to bring his knowledge and strengths to the Le Estcwicwéy team and feels very honoured to be apart of the team to help the community.

Warren is passionate about all sorts of sports and has a background in Martial Arts (Tae Kwon Do) and is proud to have a black belt at the age of 12. He has fought may tournament’s during his younger years including the BC winter Olympics. Warren’s passions extend to many different aspects of sports and leisure’s, but he most passionate about spending time with is family.