Karen Ahenakew graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 1988 and has over 23 years experience in the field of Child Protection.
After several years working for organizations such as Alberta Social Services, Williams Lake Social Services, Nuu Chu Nulth Usma Child and Family Service, Cowichan Tribes, and Surrounded by Cedar Child and family services, Karen is very pleased to now be working for her community here in Snuneymuxw.
One of three daughters of the late Bill Wyse and mother Pat Wyse, Karen is mother to her two children Lyle and Tricia Ahenakew, and grandmother to her first grandson Colton Ahenakew.
Karen belongs to the Snuneymuxw Longhouse, practices Coast Salish Culture and has been a dancer for the past ten years.
As the Social Development Coordinator and Family Preservation Social Worker, Karen is responsible for the development of an annual budget, providing annual statistical reports for INAC, administering new applications for Social Services, investigating fraud, making referrals to community programs, and supporting clients dealing with Ministry for children and family development. Karen also assists with off reserve housing, counseling referrals, attending Family Court, attending MCFD meetings and Family group conferences, and developing programs for Power hunting and fishing.