Haisla Community School’s new principal Sonya Mack has found passion in a career which gives her the freedom to see the world, but she’s discovered connections with the Haisla that prove just how small the world is.
Born and raised in Bella Coola in the Nuxalk Nation, Mack has experience being an educator in many places and capacities – teacher, adult education, principal. In 1989 she had a brief stint teaching in Kitamaat Village, and here she learned through a community elder that there were two ladies who had, years before, travelled the mountains to come to Kitlope from Bella Coola, and welcomed into the community. It was a story confirmed to her back home. It just went to show that it’s a small world.
Today, Mack joins the Haisla school from most recently being a teacher in Anahim Lake.
She’s excited for the job but she’s also excited for the west coast life again.
“It was time to go back to the oceans and the mountains,” she said.
She’s committed to First Nations education and she considers it a great honour to now be back in the Haisla community.