Program Manager, after receiving a Ph.D. in natural resource management from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource Management, Eric joined Uu-a-thluk in September 2017. He has a strong interest in fisheries governance, especially in relation to Indigenous communities. Eric will be supervising all Uu-a-thluk activities, including helping First Nations with fisheries policy.
Central Region Biologist. Jared spent four summers as a fisheries intern with Uu-a-thluk and six months as an associate biologist before stepping into his current role in April 2017. A graduate of UVic, he completed his B.Sc. with a major in marine biology. Jared traces his ancestors through the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations, and is interested in drawing on Nuu-chah-nulth perspectives for how to manage and care for aquatic resources. Jared’s qu-us name is Whehs-Wiss-Sunup.
Deputy Program Manager, has worked for the NTC since 1995 when he came on board as a biologist for the central region. After a reorganization in 1996, Jim moved to Port Alberni and began his work as the Southern Region Biologist with Ditidaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht, and Hupacasath First Nations. He oversees a variety of areas for Uu-a-thluk including groundfish, herring and the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy program.
Southern Region Biologist, began working with Uu-a-thluk as a summer student while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture at VIU. After returning each summer until she graduated in 2009, Sabrina became an Uu-a-thluk team member working in all three Nuu-chah-nulth regions. Sabrina is a member of the Uchucklesaht Tribe and was raised in Kildonan on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Sabrina’s Nuu-chah-nulth name is Huu-yiik, meaning ‘dancer.’
Roger DunlopNorthern Region Biologist, immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1962 from England. Roger eventually settled in Calgary, and then later earned a B.Sc. in oceanography and marine biology from UVic. He started working for the NTC in 1993. In addition to other areas, Roger specializes in fish habitat, sea otter management, the clam fishery, and chinook escapement assessments. In 2005, Roger received the Nuu-chah-nulth name, Uupiihaa, meaning “person who helps a lot.”
Administrative Assistant, is covering Sally Hill’s long-term leave. She brings a wealth of experience in office administration, as well as a passion for meeting the needs of First Nations peoples. Susanne completed the Residential School Reconciliation course and supported those who provided Truth & Reconciliation Commission testimonies in Port Alberni and Victoria. She has a great respect for the natural world, and her mission is dedicated to assisting in the fight for Nuu-chah-nulth peoples’ rights of land and water ownership in their territories.
Irine PolyzogopoulosCommunications and Development Coordinator. After spending the 2017 season working as the marketing coordinator for Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River, Irine connected with all things fish-related and was thrilled to join Uu-a-thluk in January 2018. She was born and raised in Toronto and is a graduate of Seneca College at York’s post-grad Corporate Communications/Public Relations program. Irine loves language and the outdoors, and is honoured to combine the two passions as she serves the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations through her writing.
Marine Stewardship Coordinator, joined Uu-a-thluk in October 2019. Hailing from Port Alberni, Danielle holds a B.A. in Tourism Management and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Leisure Management. She has always had a strong interest in biology and conservation, and her internship with the Institute for Coastal Research at VIU fostered an interest in multi and inter-disciplinary approaches to marine and terrestrial natural resource management. Danielle is a hobby farmer who also teaches part-time in the Faculty of Management at VIU.
Dawn FoxcroftDawn is from Tseshaht’s Gallic family and is proud of her Nuu-chah-nulth roots. She grew up attending Haa-huu-payak School and went on to earn a bachelor degree from UVic with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology, Dawn has also received a certificate in Community Based Natural Resource Management from the Coady Institute and in 2016 completed a Master’s of Education from UVic in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Dawn began coordinating communications and outreach for the Uu-a-thluk team in 2005.
Shelby HuebnerShelby, Uu-a-thluk Fisheries Intern, joined the team in June 2019. Shelby was born in Port Alberni and raised between Tofino and Ahousaht. She has been on the water and fishing for as long as she can remember, and has been volounteering with the Tofino salmon enhancement fish release just as long. Shelby is entering her third summer working as a T’aaq-wiihak monitor, and looks forward to expanding her fisheries experience as an Uu-a-thluk intern.
Aline, Capacity Building Coordinator – Marine Emergency Preparedness. Aline holds a Master’s degree in oceanography and has experience working at-sea with local communities in locations including Senegal, Kazakhstan and British Columbia. Through these experiences, she has developed an aptitude for scientific event organization and marine science education (interactive activities). A resident of Vancouver Island for over five years, Aline was born and raised on the east coast with Quebecer and Senegalese roots. She enjoys any aquatic activity, but particularly snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.
Alison Wale, Capacity Building Coordinator, joined Uu-a-thluk in April 2020. A member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alison was raised in Nuu-chah-nulth territory, which resulted in her lifelong love of the natural world. She is a graduate of VIU’s Resource Management Officer Technologies Program, and has travelled while doing consultation work on oil spill cleanup and studying Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Alison brings her insatiable love of learning and knowledge-sharing with her wherever she goes, and is delighted to be a part of the NTC fisheries team.