Executive Director - Angel Graitson

Angel was born and raised on Nuu-cha-nulth territory in Port Alberni and is of Métis descent. She moved away from Port Alberni in 1981 to explore other opportunities and has gained vast experience in the community support field in Ontario, Saskatchewan as well as Alberta.

Angel has devoted her career to helping those in need. She has vast education and experience in business administrations from the past 30 years and continues to contribute to Alberni Valley and surrounding communities to support essential services.

As the Executive Director of KUU-US she continues to support the organization along with the Board of Directors to continue to grow and move forward in the future.

Email Angel at kuu-usmanager@shaw.ca

Crisis Team Lead - Estelle Edgar

Known mostly as Estelle, her traditional name is Uuyaqmiis. She comes from Ditidaht and Hesquiaht People. She has grown up in both the modern and traditional worlds with  strong roots. 

Growing up on the West Coast dealing with poverty, racism and addiction, she utilized her heritage through song, prayer and dance to make her way out, as well as westernized services.

She comes from a line of Residential school survivors and continually works on healing the inter generational trauma.

She has eight children which is why she loves doing what she does to make a difference in the world they will grow up in. As well as raise them in healthy and traditional home.  Email Estelle at  kuu-ussw4@shaw.ca

Housing Coordinator - Rhonda Ursel

Rhonda has lived in Port Alberni her whole life and when not working enjoys spending time outdoors in the beautiful Nuu-cha-nulth territory she has grown up on.  

Rhonda is very client driven and puts her all into her role as Housing Coordinator with KUU-US. She provides support to those in need of housing and works to compile a weekly housing registry. Please contact Rhonda for your housing needs. Contact Rhonda at 250-723-2323 extension 226 or by email at kuu-ushomefullness@shaw.ca

Project Cooridinator - Kaelyn Vimhel

Kaelyn was born and raised on Nuu-cha-nulth territory in Port Alberni. The mother of three sons, her days away from the office are just as busy spending time outdoors with her family and her dog.

Kaelyn has devoted her career to helping those in need in the Alberni Valley and surrounding communities and her work with KUU-US as the Project Coordinator helps bridge many service gaps and provide much needed supports to those in need. Contact Kaelyn at 250-723-2323 extension 336 or by email at Kaelyn@kuu-uscrisisline.com

West Coast  Coordinator - Kara Bryant

Kara was born in Fredericton New Brunswick and has lived all over Canada. She came to Port Alberni and Nuu-cha-nulth territory in 2017.

Kara has worked as a photographer, scuba instructor, activities coordinator for those with barriers and joined the KUU-US team last year.

She is the mother of two young girls and shows her love for the community through her work in Port Alberni and the West Coast. Contact Kara at kara@kuu-uscrisisline.com

ʔuušy̓akšiƛeʔic, thank you to Andrée Cazabon Director of the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation, from the tiičmiss team. (KUU-US Crisis Line Department). Our hands go up to you for gifting the team with an opportunity to rejuvenate and refuel their ƛiḿaqsti (spirit) so they can top up their self-care and able to continue to give of themselves.