The Team at NUICC

Former National Coordinator Christina Coolidge transitioned to another position last March 2022, and NUICC congratulates her on this next step in her career journey and wishes her well. 

In addition to our Council members and Co-chairs NUICC is supported by Voor Urban Labs out of Vancouver which is contracted to provide communications and organisational support. Voor has staff in Nanaimo, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.

Meet the team

Currently supporting the coordination work around NUICC is Chelsey Schmidtke. Chelsey is Nehiyawak (Cree) and Metis heritage on her mother’s side, and German on her father’s side. She is a member of Bigstone Cree Nation (Treaty 8, Northern Alberta), and is based in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish lands and waters. Chelsey’s background is in urban planning, community engagement, and landscape architecture. As the main point of contact for official communications for NUICC members, Chelsey can be reached at

NUICC’s Knowledge Mobilisation Hub membership relations contact is Sarah Chahley. Sarah is Tsimshian from her mother’s side, and mixed settler ancestry on her father’s side, and is currently studying the Sm’algyax language through the University of Alaska SE. In order to keep nourishing the relationships with our member organisations, Sarah is connecting with members to support NUICC and the coalitions to stay up to date with leadership decisions, project updates, organisational challenges and helping plan new opportunities. If we haven’t reached out to you yet, feel free to contact Sarah at For more information about Sarah’s Outreach work, check out this blog!

The Knowledge Mobilisation Hub grew in 2021 with the support of Voor staff members Chantelle Spicer and Irwin Oostindie who designed and produced a series of events last year. Voor has also brought Lisa Cavicchia on to the team. She is an urban planner and project manager with more than 25 years of experience managing community development projects in Canada and internationally. Currently Lisa is supporting the NUICC team with our Local Government Scan to inventory the condition of the relationships between local governments and urban Indigenous peoples in 16 Canadian cities.  

NUICC is currently hiring for Research Assistant contract position through Voor Urban Labs. See post here.