Gitxsan Child and Family Services


Our Staff

Adella Saul

Adella completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Northern British Columbia in 1997 and has been with GCFSS since April 2017.

Originally from the Xaxli'p Band of the St'at'imc Nation in Lillooet, BC, Adella married into the Gitxsan Nation in 1970, was adopted as Ganeda by Yak Yak, and now has one great grandchild and seven grandchildren from her three children.

Adella recently returned to her adopted home village of Gitwangak and subsequently decided to bring her education and expertise to the GCFSS team as a Social Worker, after a number of years in the social services field working in Kamloops, Lytton, Lower Nicola, and Bridge River Band.

Andrew Tom

Andrew joined the Gitxsan Child & Family Services team in February 2018 as the Assistant Director.  Andrew is the eldest of three and son to Marlene and Richard Tom.  As an active Tsayu House Member of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, he wears many leadership hats and brings with him over 15 years of human and social service experience, having worked for his home community of Witset (Moircetown) in many capacities before venturing into the justice field with the Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program, the health sector as a Community Wellness Coordinator, the Economic Development Department as the General Manager of Kyah Food & Fuel and now, child welfare.  Andrew believes in putting people first, his Choices Contract is, "I am an Inspirational Leader who acknowledges and accepts all people by encouraging them to appreciate their unique differences."

Cheryl Williams

Cheryl Williams has been the Executive Director of Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society since 2013. Her parents were David and Rita Williams and was raised by the House of Gweeyhl and Niist, but come from the House of Luus. In addition to lifelong learning as a Gitxsan woman, she pursued her formal post-secondary education at the University of Victoria (UVic). It is at UVic where her passion for child welfare lead her to achieve both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees.  Prior to being the Executive Director Cheryl worked for the agency as a Social Worker, in addition to working many years in the social services field for other organizations that served the Gitxsan Nation. 

Corinne Littlewood

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Jillane Spence

Jillane Spence joined Gitxsan Child and Family Services Society as the Receptionist/Finance Assistant in October 2016. 

Originally from Lax Kw'alaams, relocated to Sik-e-dakh where she has been blessed with two sons (Alden and William Sampson) and was adopted into the House of Aap.

Having worked for different local organizations, Jillane decided to pursue greater education and recently completed her Nicola Valley Institute of Technology credentialed Diploma in Business Administration through the Gitxsan Wetsuweten Education Society. 


Laverne Williams

Laverne has been with GCFSS since 2007, facilitating in the Family Group Conference program. 

Laverne’s Gitxsan name is Wii laxh dib lixh, which means the hump on a grizzly bear’s neck. She is a member of the Frog clan and comes from the wilp of Maos. She feels blessed by her big family and cherishes every moment they can spend together. Some of her happiest moments include the day she married her husband Brian and when they had their two daughters.

Laverne loves working with families and helping in any way that she can. She considers community as a place where people can feel secure and know their roots. In the future, Laverne hopes to upgrade her social work diploma to a Bachelor’s degree in social work.

Lillian Bear

Currently in her second stint with GCFSS, since 2015, Lillian Bear is the (Acting) Team Leader of Social Work. Lillian is from the house of Kah pi’ Ohkwaskoh’ Nohm (Flying Dust) and is from the Muskwa (Bear) Clan. Lillian’s Cree name is ‘Weehp Skweew’ (Woman of Darkness).

Lillian knows what it is like to enjoy giving and nurturing life of children from birth to adulthood. Lillian is a mother to 5 children and has 13 grandchildren. All of whom live in Lillian's home province of Saskatchewan.

Lillian has worked in the child welfare field for over 27 during which she completed her Bachelor of Indian Social Work from the First Nations University of Canada (U. of R.).

Natasha Stevens

Natasha comes from the village of Anspayakws and the House of Luus, and carries the name Ama'mas in the feast hall. Currently working in the position of Family Enhancement Worker, Natasha started with the team in the summer of 2016. 

Having worked for a number of years in the social services field, Natasha recently completed her Diploma of Social Work at Northwest Community College. Her next educational pursuit will be achieving a Bachelor degree. 

In her personal time, Natasha enjoys reading, hiking, and watching her children participate in different sports.

Nola Williams

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Serita Pottinger

Serita is from the House of Ma’uus from the Lax Se’el clan. Her Gitxsan name is Lax Sengenax. A mother to three children, Serita is aware of what being a parent involves; all the hard work, endless hours and support systems to help with raising a child. She has dedicated her life to working with children and is excited to work with our Gitxsan youth.

As the Family Preservation Worker at GCFSS since 2014, Serita provides a support role and augments the delegated functions of GCFSS Social Workers. 


Sherry Lilley

Sherry Lilley is from the Frog clan and the House of Nikateen and her parents are Howard and Corene Sexsmith. She is the mother of two beautiful sons, blessed with three grandchildren, and been married to her husband Kurtis since 2007. Sherry began working at GCFSS in June of 2002. She began her work with GCFSS as an office assistant, later she became an Administrative Assistant before she began her present role as Social Worker Team Assistant.

Sherry enjoys working with and for her own people. She also enjoys working with the many personalities that make up the large GCFSS staff. Two of the things Sherry enjoys most are the training opportunities for GCFSS staff and the teamwork. She also enjoys getting together with her co-workers to plan and coordinate events such as Family Fun Night.

Sherry appreciates the fact that Gitxsan communities are tight-knit and the people show each other respect in times of need. 

Tiffeny Denny

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Val Simms-Muldoe

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Willie Blackwater

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William Derrick

Raised in Gitanyow, Mr. Derrick is a member of Wilps Gwaas Hlaam.

Working as the Finance Officer, William has been a member of the GCFSS team since 2009. Mr. Derrick is a proud alumnus of the University of Northern British Columbia having completed his Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees at that institution.