Indigenous Culture & Student Support - Senior Learning Alternatives

I grew up in the beautiful town of Port Hardy.  My Mom is from Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) and my Dad is from Yalils (Alert Bay).  Living on the north island has made me appreciate the outdoors and my time on the water.   I left Port Hardy shortly after graduation and fishing my last commercial salmon opening on a seine boat with my Dad to attend VIU’s Commercial Baking and Professional Cook Training programs.

I worked in the food industry for a number of years until returning to Port Hardy to teach Kwakwala Language and Culture in SD85 at the 3 elementary schools.  After a few years of teaching an opportunity presented itself, so along with my now husband we decided to pack everything up and head to Ontario to attend the University of Ottawa.  This lead me to graduating from the University of Victoria with my Bachelor of Education.  Now a Mom of two amazing daughters I love to share the beauty of our surroundings and richness of our Kwakwaka’wakw culture.

Recently rejoined the workforce as an on-call Aboriginal Education Assistant, I have been here at Learning Alternatives for a number of months and loving it!  Working with the Learning Alternatives team has been amazing.  I appreciate the ability to be creative in my role and supporting students – making an impact on their daily lives.

  • Contact Valerie Masterman

  • Contact Valerie Masterman directly with the credentials listed below: