The NWTRPA Staff Team in Yellowknife. L to R: Sheena Tremblay, Amanda Grobbecker, Stefanie Miklosovic, Geoff Ray, Jess Dunkin, and Jennifer Rafferty.


Geoff Ray – Executive Director

Geoff Ray has been working on and off with the NWTRPA since 2003. Geoff has some schooling in political science and project management and has worked for non-profit organizations in Ottawa and Victoria, BC. Geoff is a dad to two young kids, loves to ski and wants to learn how to drive a skidoo.

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867 669-8380

Sheena Tremblay – Director, Active Communities – On Maternity Leave

Sheena Tremblay has a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership from Mount Royal University. She has now been with the NWT Recreation and Parks Association for many years and loves traveling the North and meeting new people. Sheena also has spent many hours volunteering and is currently the female coach of the Yellowknife High Performance Cross Country Skiing Team.

Sheena is currently on materinty leave, but you can contact Bri Krekoski in the interim!

Bri Krekoski – Interim Director, Active Communities

Bri Krekoski was born and raised an Alberta farm kid and is often working, hiking, or playing outdoors. She has fallen in love with the active, northern lifestyle and is an avid soccer coach here in Yellowknife.  Bri studied Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa and has a degree in Health and Community Services from the University of Victoria, specializing in healthy aging.

Bri will be in Sheena Trembley’s role while Sheena is away on maternity leave until August 2020.

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867 669-8381

Jess Dunkin – Director, Research & Innovation

Jess Dunkin joined the NWTRPA as the On the Land Programs Consultant in 2015, becoming the Director of On the Land Programs in 2017. As of Summer 2019, Jess is the NWTRPA’s inaugural Director of Research and Innovation. Jess holds a Bachelor of Education from Trent University and a Ph.D. in the history of recreation from Carleton University. She is a Research Associate at Aurora College and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Jess is the author of Canoe and Canvas: Life at the Encampments of the American Canoe Association, 1880−1910 (UTP, 2019).

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867 669-8376

Rachel Cluderay – On the Land Programs Consultant

Rachel was born and raised in Somba K’e, Denedeh and is of Cree ancestry. She is a Paddle Canada certified Lake Canoe Instructor Trainer and Sea Kayak Level 1 Skills Instructor. You may have already met Rachel at a course or on a trip as she has been teaching and guiding across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut since 2013.

In 2016, she guided a 7-day canoe trip on the picturesque North Arm of Great Slave Lake. To further her experience with white water paddling and guiding, Rachel spent two seasons based in Norman Wells planning logistics, preparing food and gear, and guiding 2-week canoe expeditions in the Mackenzie Mountains.

Rachel recently completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specialized in Entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria to further understand the business side of land-based program operations. She took a month break to explore some international landscapes in Iceland, Scotland, and Ireland in 2016. This sparked Rachel’s interest in international travel which led to her academic exchange at Mahidol University in Thailand where she was immersed in Thai culture for four months.

Rachel’s passion is creating connections on the land to reinforce a sense of community and confidence. Rachel is happy to be returning to Somba K’e as the On the Land Programs Consultant working to develop accessible opportunities across the territory to connect on the land. In her free time, you can find Rachel skijoring with her pups, paddling with friends, or curled up with a book.

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867 669-8392

Amanda Grobbecker – Director, Professional Development

Amanda Grobbecker has a Masters degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary. Originally from Ontario, Amanda loves to travel – especially to NWT communities. When she isn’t teaching dance or Jump A Bunch in the communities, she can be found with her daughter. She and her daughter love to be outdoors doing anything active!

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867 669-8377

Stefanie Miklosovic – Membership & Communications Manager

Stefanie Miklosovic completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with the University of Victoria, and graduate coursework in Global Health Policy with the University of London. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Stefanie loves being outdoors. She is always up for a hike, whether it’s around her hometown or on her travels.

[email protected]

867 669-8375