Board of Directors

The 2018 NWTRPA Board of Directors. L to R: Betty Ann Drybones, Maria Catholique, Rena Chapple, Nathan McPherson, Mary Gordon, Cynthia White, and Lorna Storr (missing: Jill Gilday).

The NWT Recreation and Parks Association has an eight-person volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of a President, a Member-at-Large and six regional members from across the NWT.

The Board of Directors sets goals for the organization and monitors the progress towards reaching those goals.

Cynthia White - President

Cynthia White is the Community Services Program Coordinator in Fort Smith, NT. Cynthia has been a NWTRPA Board member since October 2014.

Maria Catholique - Director (South Slave)

Maria Catholique is the Recreation Coordinator with the Łútsël’ké Dene Band. She is a first-time NWTRPA Board Member and excited to take on her new role.

Nathan McPherson - Director (Dehcho)

Nathan McPherson was born and raised in Fort Simpson where he works as the Recreation Coordinator. Nathan was the NWTRPA Dehcho Regional Director from 2011-2017 and is currently the Mackenzie Recreation Association President.

Jill Gilday - Director (Yellowknife)


Jill Gilday is the former Director of the Northern Youth Leadership Program in the Northwest Territories. Jill has been a NWTRPA Board member since October 2015. (through Geoff Ray)

Betty Ann Drybones - Director (North Slave)

Betty Ann Drybones has lived in Behchoko her entire life and has worked as a Personal Support Worker with the Tlicho Community Services Agency for 18 years. Betty Ann has done disability and mental health long-term care work and also assists the CNIB with clients in Behchoko. She is a mother of three, a grandmother, and is very excited to be involved with the NWTRPA as a first-time Board Member.

Lorna Storr - Director (Beaufort/Delta)

Lorna Storr is an elder from Aklavik where she serves on the Recreation Committee. Lorna has been a NWTRPA Board member since September 2017.

Mary Gordon - Member-at-Large

Mary Gordon works as the Assistant Recreation Coordinator and Youth Coordinator for the Hamlet of Aklavik, as well as a lifeguard during the summer. She is also a member of the NWTRPA Aquatics Committee. Mary has been a Board Members since September 2017.

Rena Chapple - Director (Sahtu)

Rena Chapple hails from Tulít’a. She is a Community Health Representative with the Tulít’a Primary Community Care Team at the Harriet Glaudeu Health Centre. This will be Rena’s first year as an NWTRPA Board Member.