Research Technician

Dana Brunanski is a Canadian Metis woman from a diverse cultural background including Cree, Czech, Hungarian, British and Danish ancestors. She has been a front-line worker with high risk youth in Vancouver for almost 20 years, most recently as an outreach mental health therapist with “hard-to-engage” Indigenous youth. After a self-reflective honours thesis on bisexual women and identity completed at Simon Fraser University in 1997, Dana’s master’s research starting in 2006 explored Indigenous street youths’ experiences with counselling, using an Indigenizing narrative methodology. She has continued to participate in research focused on Indigenous youth since completing her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 2009. Dana has been associated with SARAVYC since 2007, starting as a graduate student trainee and research assistant, then community research affiliate, and most recently coordinating the Two-Spirit Youth project. Outside of school and work, Dana likes to have fun: “if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of this revolution.” She loves to travel, and counts Prague, Czech Republic as one of her homes in the world. Dana loves time with family and friends, and she is currently delighted to be home full-time with her son James who was born in June 2015.

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