Welcome to the NEC Native Education College website. Our great staff are working hard to provide the best upgrading, vocational and university transfer programs existing anywhere. We respond to the fantastic gifts and strengths that our students bring to their educational journey. We love the way our students connect with our staff, our Elders and engage with the whole experience of learning. This learning is often about honoring the legacy of the Indigenous peoples of these lands and carrying their rich cultural traditions forward for future generations. Join us for this special journey to understand the world around us and respect the people we encounter with gratitude for those who have gone before us.
Dan Guinan, President
Dan is the president of the NEC Native Education College in Vancouver. He has a masters in zoology and a doctorate in social sciences. He first came to the Native Education College in 1991 as a science instructor in Aboriginal Adult Basic Education. He was also a Program Coordinator and Academic Dean and he helped developed many of the programs at the college. As the college president, Dan serves on the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council and the board of ACCESS and is currently the Treasurer of both organizations. Dan is a lifelong learner with a passion for exploring the people and cultures of the world through reading, films, food and traveling.
Tammy Harkey, Dean of Student Services and Registrar
Tammy Harkey is a successful educator with 10+ years of expertise supporting First Nations across the country developing and implementing culturally relevant programming that supports Aboriginal learners. She is passionate about ensuring that learners have the support they need in order to achieve their maximum potential in society.
Tammy is currently the Dean of Student Services and Registrar for the NEC Native Education College. She has a minor in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and she is currently a PHD candidate at Simon Fraser University. She serves on the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association Board of Governors, and the Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Steering Committee.
A proud member of the Musqueam Indian Band, Tammy enjoys spending her spare-time with family and friends. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters (Megan and Danielle) that have pursued careers in the field of Nursing, a grandmother to Baby Lennox, with a new grandbaby on the way. Tammy is committed to the advancement of her community with a conscious recognition of the past, an awareness of the present day needs, and the vision for a better tomorrow.
Jason Wong, Director of Finance
Jason is a proud citizen of Gitwangak, which is part of the Gitxsan Nation in British Columbia. Jason has 20+ years of accounting and management experience across multiple industries. He spent the past 12 years specializing in the not-for-profit and Indigenous sector where he found a passion for education working within this industry and brings this passion to his work with NEC Native Education College. Jason’s favourite part of the year is attending NEC’s graduation and watching the proud students obtain their hard earned credentials.
Jason LaRochelle, Dean of Academics
Jason is Haida from Old Massett in British Columbia. His traditional name is Skeweqsalalexw (meaning "of the Raven" in Halq'emeylem). He is currently the Dean of Academics at the NEC Native Education College in Vancouver. Jason has worked in the field of Indigenous education since 1999. During his time at NEC, he has worked as an instructor in the Aboriginal Adult Basic Education (AABE) program, as the program coordinator of the Family & Community Counselling (FCC) program, and as the program manager of Human Services. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He has a keen interest in both education and psychology. Jason feels honoured to announce the names and nations of NEC’s graduates each year at the NEC graduation.