FNPN Pilot Contacts

The FNPN leadership team has the privilege of supporting the work of Network Members and, through them, their communities and collaborators. They assist with communications, planning and infrastructure, partnership development, curriculum and Network projects development and implementation, and ongoing community-responsive support.  As with all in FNPN, feel free to connect with them! 

GRAHAM GILES, FNPN Director, is a teacher whose initial graduate research in ethics in education led to extensive documentation research on innovation in rural education. This has been followed by the privilege of working in research and policy for BCACCS since 2015, which has come to include the partnership development that has brought us to the opportunities of the FNPN.

DANIELLE ALPHONSE, FNPN Associate Director, is the BC Regional Innovation Chair for Aboriginal Early Childhood Development (AECD) at Vancouver Island University. She has contributed to faculty and students’ development in the areas of truth and reconciliation, Indigenous education, and understandings about Indigenous ways of knowing, traditions, protocols, and spiritual practices.

ÁUREA VERICAT, FNPN Provincial Coordinator, is a Montessori early childhood educator with experience working with rural and urban Indigenous children and communities across Mexico. As a Public Scholar at the University of British Columbia, she is invested in building and strengthening relationships of responsibility, respect, and reciprocity with community partners.