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).
Jess is currently serving as the NWTRPA’s Interim Executive Director.
Bri Krekoski was born and raised as an Alberta farm kid and often works, hikes, or plays outdoors. She has fallen in love with the active, northern lifestyle and is a 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 acting as the interim Director, Active Communities until Sheena Trembley returns from maternity leave in August 2020.
Amanda 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!
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.
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.
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!
Kaila Jefferd-Moore is Haida, born in British Columbia and grew up in Inuvik. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from the University of King’s College with a focus in political science and Indigenous studies. She’s worked for five years as a journalist, writing for various publications across Canada including CBC North, Up Here and NNSL’s Inuvik Drum. When she’s not inside reading a book or writing, she’s trying to get outside for a hike or paddle.