Dr. Gwen Point is a leader in building meaningful connections with Aboriginal people, families, communities and nations. Prior to her well-deserved appointment as Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley, Dr. Point is a respected Faculty member of the School of Social Work and Human Services where she has influenced social work education through her First Nation teachings.
Dr. Point teaches from her heart and passion for people. As an esteemed Sto:lo leader, she embraces and shares the teachings of Sto:lo people: “Let’se Mot, Let’se Thale” – “One mind, One Heart”. She will teach us that the future is created by the connections we foster today. Let’s join Dr. Point in learning how to create a future based on mutual understanding and respect that will positively influence our children, families and communities.
Keli has a son with significant mental health challenges and before co-founding, and now leading the Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health, she co-founded The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health and was Executive Director for 13 years.
Keli’s own experiences with her son and her connection with thousands of other families over the years is why she advocates for families of children and youth with mental health challenges and for the next generation of families. She has received many awards for her efforts including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2007 and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.