Eric Angel, 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 supervises all Uu-a-thluk activities, including helping First Nations with fisheries policy.
Jim Lane, Deputy Program Manager
Jim 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.
Dani Robertson, Northern Region Biologist
Dani joined the Uu-a-thluk team in December 2021 after spending three years working as a biological technician, then nursery site production manager, at a Metlakatla scallop farm in Prince Rupert. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Management from Southern Cross University (Australia), as well as a diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture from VIU. Dani enjoys sailing in her spare time and has travelled much of the BC coast with her partner, on their boat.
Jared Dick, 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.
Sabrina Crowley, Southern Region Biologist
Sabrina began working with Uu-a-thluk as a summer student while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture at VIU. She returned each summer until she graduated in 2009, and then became an Uu-a-thluk team member working in all three Nuu-chah-nulth regions. She 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.’
Kelda Blackstone, Program Coordinator
Kelda holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, with a focus on Nuu-chah-nulth connections to place. She has worked with and for Nuu-chah-nulth Nations in a variety of roles including researcher, search and rescue technician, volunteer archaeology crew member, and education administrator. A first-generation Canadian, she was born in the rural Fraser Valley but has now called Vancouver Island home for almost thirty years. She loves all things outdoors, and is happiest out on the water. Kelda joined the Uu-a-thluk team in September 2020.
Irine Polyzogopoulos, Communications 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 obtained her graduate Corporate Communications/Public Relations certificate from Seneca at York. Irine is passionate about language, the outdoors and supporting First Nations, and is honoured to serve the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations through her writing.
Danielle Burrows, Marine Stewardship Coordinator
Danielle joined the Uu-a-thluk team in October 2019. Hailing from Port Alberni, she 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.
Alison Wale, Capacity Building Coordinator
Alison is a member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, and 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 joined Uu-a-thluk in April 2020. Alison has travelled while doing consultation work on oil spill cleanup and studying Traditional Ecological Knowledge. She 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.
Dawn Foxcroft, Contractor
Dawn Foxcroft 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. Her role has shifted to graphic design and language support over the last few years.