Sharnelle Jenkins-Thompson is of Welsh, Jewish, Metis, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Sharnelle is passionate about addressing the impacts of colonialism and injustice through relationality and reciprocity. Sharnelle grew up in Nanaimo (Snuneymuxw Nation) but has been living on xwməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ homelands since 2008. She holds a Masters of Social Work-Indigenous Specialization from the University of Victoria and worked in the Neighbourhood House movement prior to joining West Coast LEAF. She often can be found hanging out with her tortoise and cat, kicking a soccer ball and enjoying these beautiful, unceded homelands.