Posted by: cherylyoung | January 10, 2013






Born at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC, Adam was raised on Tsartlip First Nation in Brentwood Bay, BC. His father Carl is the Community Health Representative on Tsartlip, and his mother Sylvia, is a historian, academic, author and First Nations housing expert.

Adam has three siblings. He has two sisters, Joni is an elected Councillor in Tsartlip and a small business owner and Heather is the community health manager and registered nurse for Tsartlip. Adam’s brother Joaquim, is a cook at the Prairie Inn.

Married to Emily (34) in 2006, they have two small children, Silas Wolf (5) and Ella Rose (6 mos.). They live on the same property where Adam and his siblings were raised with Joni, her family and Joaquim.


First elected to Central Saanich Council in 2008, Adam was the first, First Nations Councillor elected in the District. Re-elected in 2011, Adam is currently the Chair of the Planning and Development committee and represents the District on the Regional Housing Trust Fund and Peninsula Agricultural Commission.

Over the past four years Adam has diligently worked on behalf of the community. At the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) and Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), Adam has championed efforts encouraging senior governments to be more responsive to the growing derelict and abandoned vessels issues facing coastal communities, building relationships between First Nations and municipal governments, responsible storm water management and agriculture.

Adam has been involved in politics for the past decade. Starting as an envelope stuffer and scrutineer for the federal Liberal Party in 2000, he got his first door-knocking experience with Green Party candidate, Andrew Lewis in 2006. Adam worked with Elizabeth May’s team, providing communications support to the campaign during the run up to her successful bid to become the first elected Green Party of Canada, Member of Parliament.


Adam started building his work experience in the customer service industry while in high school at Stelly’s Secondary. First as a dishwasher, bus-person and then a waiter he worked in a number of restaurants including the old Brentwood Inn and Butchart Gardens. After two years at Camosun College in general studies, providing an introduction to philosophy, sociology, english literature and political science, Adam entered the Applied Communication Program where he thrived. While in the program Adam, spent hours on Village 900, the school radio station, shooting photographs and video, desktop publishing, web design and strengthening his interpersonal communication skills.

Adam interned at The Sports Network (TSN) in Toronto, ON, building highlight packs for the nightly news show SportsCentre. Following his internship Adam was hired as the first communications and community relations manager of the Victoria Salmon Kings and the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

After his stint with the Salmon Kings he joined the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC, where he got his first taste of a multi-sport games, as the Communications Manager of Aboriginal Team BC at the 2006 North American Indigenous Games in Denver, Colorado. In 2009, Adam volunteered with Team BC at the Canada Summer Games in Prince Edward Island, again in a communications capacity.

Following his election in 2008, Adam became a work-from-home father. He and his son Silas, attended committee meetings, assisted Elizabeth May’s campaign team build their communications capacity and he started working with his mother Sylvia, in First Nations housing. Recently he began training as a facilitator for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation First Nations housing workshops and helping develop housing policy for First Nations communities across the country. Adam is currently assisting a team of consultants develop materials for building and renovating to avoid mold in First Nations housing.

In 2011 Adam, Joni and Sylvia started Salish Fusion Knitwear. The Olsen family has always been Coast Salish knitters. In 2011, they began developing a portfolio of fresh and modern knitted products, inspired the coastal woolworking tradition.

The business has received a lot of media attention and a solid following as the family has worked to connect the local market to their innovative, stylish and functional Coast Salish art. The experience of the past year has given Adam a new appreciation for the sacrifices and hard work of small business owners to provide the community the things they need locally.


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