New Position, Familiar Face

 September 27, 2019
Posted by smiklosovic


This has been a summer of change for the NWTRPA. As you may have seen from recent posts, we welcomed two new people to the staff team: Bri Krekoski, who will be covering for Sheena Tremblay, the Director of Active Communities, while she is on maternity leave; and Rachel Cluderay, who is stepping into the role of On the Land Programs Consultant.



You may be wondering what happened to Jess Dunkin, who has been the lead for On the Land Programs since 2015? As of this month, Jess has a new role with the NWTRPA as the Director of Research and Innovation. This is more than a new role for Jess, it’s also a new position for the organization.


The Director of Research and Innovation is responsible for developing the NWTRPA’s research capacity by leading, managing, and participating in research projects that are relevant to the organization, the sector, and NWT communities. Over the coming months, Jess will be busy establishing internal research policies and procedures, building relationships with research institutions, and creating processes to translate, share, and incorporate research learnings into the recreation field. She will also be managing some very interesting projects (stay tuned for more details about these!).


Two recent appointments will assist Jess in this new position. Last fall, she was named as a Research Associate at Aurora College. Earlier this summer, she was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta.
Jess holds a Bachelor of Education from Trent University and a Ph.D. in the history of recreation from Carleton University. She is the author of Canoe and Canvas: Life at the Encampments of the American Canoe Association, 1880−1910 (UTP, 2019).


Jess holds a Bachelor of Education from Trent University and a Ph.D. in the history of recreation from Carleton University. She is the author of Canoe and Canvas: Life at the Encampments of the American Canoe Association, 1880−1910 (UTP, 2019).


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