Hello, my name is Richard Turenne. I am of mixed ancestry; Metis on my father’s side and Scottish, English, Mexican, and Icelandic on my mother’s. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to grow, learn and play as a visitor on the traditional, unceded territory of the Pentlatch, E’iksan, Sahtloot, and Sasitla people, as my family moved here over thirty years ago. 
I received my Bachelor’s of Education from UVIC in my early twenties and promptly moved overseas. I spent ten years living and teaching in the Middle East, Central America and South-East Asia and immersing myself in different cultures. I am forever grateful to those who have guided me along the way. My wife and I have since moved back to the Comox Valley and are raising one amazing little girl, who speaks English, Spanish and, at times, Spanglish. I look forward to sharing the amazing gifts that this land offers with her and instilling a love of nature in my daughter as she grows. 
As an educator, I hope to inspire students who excel not only academically, but also as kind, caring, socially responsible humans. I am honoured to provide support and advocacy for our Indigenous online learners from all over BC in my role as an Indigenous Education Support Teacher. 
If you would like to connect with me, please email me at richard.turenne@sd71.bc.ca or call (250) 331-4040 Ext 31922.