Val was born on January 25, 1967 in Matsqui, BC. She moved to Alert Bay in1984 where she is a member of the Namigis First Nation and lived there until1998. For the past three years Val has lived on Mayne Island where she began carving silver and gold jewellery.
She was trained in the art of carving silver and gold jewellery by her brother John and Don Lancaster of Victoria who have been carving for over 20 years. Val currently works from her home on Mayne Island implementing both traditional and original concepts into her Native Art.