Carla Funk is a doctoral student at Royal Roads University and Project Development Manager with First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council, Brentwood Bay B.C. She has lived and worked in Ethiopia managing a program feeding hundreds of thousands of refugees and Zimbabwe on food security and education related projects. She has also worked in Switzerland for a private family foundation committed to supporting education for poverty-stricken populations of southern Africa and eastern Europe. Her recent efforts have been in B.C. raising resources to support environmental efforts, health research, the arts, children and families and First Nations initiatives. Funk studied at the University of Manitoba earning both a degree and masters from the Faculty of Agriculture studying plant genetics and agronomy. Having worked with some of the world’s wealthiest people on behalf of some of the world’s most impoverished individuals provides a unique perspective and skill set that informs her proposed research. In particular Funk will examine strategic alliances among global philanthropic leaders and agents of social change to provide insight into the dynamics of how overseas development work is changing at the hands of private funders.
A community focused solution to documenting and revitalizing BC's endangered languages using innovative technologies and an innovative, locally driven approach.