Brent Carbonell (he/him)
Director of Programs and Services
Brent Carbonell is a certified Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P) and part-time consultant and instructor with Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project (RCCP). Brent has been with Aurelia since its creation in 2016, and before that, held the positions of Team Lead, Program Manager, and Professional Development Coordinator at Aurelia’s sister company, Blue Sky Family Care. In his role as the Director of Programs and Services at Aurelia, Brent has worked closely with Indigenous leaders, Band Councils, social health staff, and care providers at a number of Indigenous organizations to support the development and implementation of their vision of owning and operating regulated child welfare organizations. Brent is an MSc student at the University of Strathclyde’s School of Social Work and Social Policy, and his academic pursuits throughout his post-graduate studies have focused on action-oriented critical research relating to culturally appropriate and inclusive access to employment education and government-funded services for vulnerable and racialized populations in Canada. Brent’s background as a Child and Youth Care professional, an educator in trauma-informed crisis intervention, and a researcher in the area of cultural safety has given him significant insight, skills, and knowledge that have served him well in his work to promote inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and Indigenous rights. His most recent pursuit is the development of a training program for private and public human services employers and staff in the adoption of culturally safe practices and policies that support decolonizing practice and alignment with the goals of Reconciliation.