About Us

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre is a registered Non-Profit Society in the Province of British Columbia.

Our vision is to see every Aboriginal student in Nanaimo Ladysmith graduate from high school.

We believe a 90-100% Aboriginal grad rate is achievable, but it requires a strategic focus, one that begins at birth, one that is built on respectful partnerships with the private and public sectors, one that places a priority on culture/language, one that sets high standards and defines success in a manner that is measurable.

The 2015/16 Board of Directors includes:  Mike Leggett, Terri Mack, Mike Herold, David Drakeford, Paige Fisher, Sherry McCarthy, Gina Mowatt and Elder Sally Williams.

Board President:  Mr. David Drakeford, retired, former Associate Vice-President, Vancouver Island University.

Vice-President:  Ms. Sherry McCarthy, MBA student at Vancouver Island University.

Let us know how you want to be involved, send us a note at info@nanaimoaboriginalcentre.ca


Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre proudly collaborates on the following Committees:

  • Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership
  • Chamber of Commerce (member since 2013)
  • Conference Board of Canada
  • Health/Social Network Committee - City of Nanaimo
  • Play Nanaimo Working Group

Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre works in partnership with the following organizations:

  • Mid Island Metis Nation
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island
  • Nanaimo Foodshare
  • School District #84
  • Literacy Central Vancouver Island