Dorothea Harris

Dorothea Harris
Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator

On Secondment

My name is Dorothea Harris. My family is Snuneymuxw, from Nanaimo where I grew up, and I am also German and Irish. I have had the privilege to live, work, and learn on Scia’new, Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ territory for more than 30 years.

I began my academic journey at UVic in 1997 with general courses, but as a mother of five children found myself drawn to work with families, eventually taking the Indigenous Family Support Work Program at Camosun College. While doing both front line social work and work in community in the field of education, I completed my Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous Specialization at UVic.  I am now embarking on a new journey at UVic as the Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, as well as beginning my Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies – Adult Education and Community Engagement.

I am excited to support you on your educational journey. I know that it can seem long at times and may take many detours along the way. One of my professors, Robert Wells, used to say, “education is therapy and therapy is education.” For many of us education is a path to healing and wellness, but is not always an easy one. I come from a very community-centred, strengths-based perspective, and I believe that each of us have what we need to succeed if we help one another.

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