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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.’
Roger Dunlop, Northern Region Biologist. Roger immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1962 from England. He eventually settled in Calgary, and then later earned a B.Sc. in oceanography and marine biology from UVic. Roger started working for the NTC in 1993, and currently specializes in fish habitat, sea otter management, the clam fishery and chinook escapement assessments, in addition to other areas. In 2005, Roger received the Nuu-chah-nulth name, Uupiihaa, meaning “person who helps a lot.”
Jamie James, Northern Region Fisheries Technician. A member of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, Jamie joined Uu-a-thluk in October 2020. He has enjoyed working on fisheries projects since 1998, with the goal of protecting and sustaining fisheries for future generations. Jamie has participated in a variety of training including at-sea and dockside monitoring, Aboriginal fisheries guardian work, and also with the Canadian Coast Guard. He is based in Gold River, where he has spent the majority of his life.
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 is a graduate of Seneca College at York’s graduate 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.
Aline Carrier, Marine Emergency Capacity Building Coordinator. 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 since 2015, 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. 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. Alisoin 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.
Chris Harrison, Salmon Parks Coordinator. Chris joined the Uu-a-thluk team in October 2020 after working as the coordinator and analyst for a major baseline study project with a North Coast (Metlakatla) First Nation. He has over 20 years of experience working directly for and with Indigenous groups and communities in Western and Northern Canada, Latin America, and South East Asia. The majority of Chris’ project work has involved community-based participatory research, advanced geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing application.
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 dessign and langauge support over the last couple years.