Eric AngelAfter receiving a Ph.D. in natural resource management from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, Eric joined NTC in September 2017 as the new Uu-a-thluk Fisheries Program Manager. 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.
Jared DickCentral 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 Uu-xwinn-mutts, which means, “shares the ground with dancing birds.
Jim LaneSouthern Region Biologist, 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 the NTC fisheries program, including groundfish fisheries, crab reform and shellfish fisheries, the wild salmon policy, and intern supervision.
Sabrina CrowleyAssociate 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.
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.”
Joshua CharlesonFisheries Technician, hails from the Hesquiaht First Nation. He grew up on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island in the small community of Hot Springs Cove with his five siblings, and parents Karen and Steve Charleson. He is a father of three, and married to Nuu-chah-nulth goddess Letitia Charleson. In the past, Joshua has served as the Fisheries Manager for Hesquiaht, and as an Uu-a-thluk intern in the central region. He is an active commercial fisherman who loves spending time on the water.
Susanne MarshAdministrative 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.
Jessica JohnsonJessica joined Uu-a-thluk as a Fisheries Technician in August 2018. Hailing from Ontario, she earned a Fish and Wildlife Technician Diploma from Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Over the past five years, Jessica has worked as a fisheries technician with freshwater and marine species, and also as a marine warden for the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Jessica is excited to be part of Uu-a-thluk and is honoured to work with Nuu-chah-nulth communities and their fisheries management programs.
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 CarrierAline, Capacity Building Coordinator, is covering Michelle Colyn’s maternity leave. 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 four 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.