Meet the Staff

Learn more about BCRPA's staff team and what inspires each of them to support recreation and parks. 

To contact a staff person directly, please visit this page.


Chief Executive Officer

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Rebecca Tunnacliffe

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Rebecca joined BCRPA as CEO on New Year’s Day 2016. She is motivated daily by the organization’s purpose: to enrich the lives of individuals and their communities through the power of recreation. For her, this includes enriching the lives of her staff team with whom she strives to live the values of the organization. Rebecca’s career in non-profit leadership has been driven by interests in the arts, education, and health. Prior to BCPRA, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Physiotherapy Association of BC, and the University Women’s Club, as well as Associate Director with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Living on Bowen Island, she enjoys a daily connection with nature, as well as a cycle commute into the BCRPA office. Her creative passion is recouturing vintage clothes into her modern wardrobe.

 

Education and Initiatives Department

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Director, Education & Initiatives

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Janet is the Director of the Education & Initiatives Department (EDI) with BCRPA and brings over 20 years of experience from camp leader to coach, programmer, event coordinator, trainer, and project manager. Her undergrad in Physical Education and Masters in Adult Education is the academic background that complements her work experience, enabling her to lead and inspire the EDI team. Janet is an avid commuter cyclist, hiker, camper, nature lover, photographer, and former basketball and softball player. 

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Manager, Strategic Initiatives

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Vanessa is the Strategic Initiatives Manager with BCRPA. She is a recreation enthusiast by nature and spends all of her spare time exploring trails or running new long distant routes. Her education is in Kinesiology, and her previous work has seen her developing leadership programs for youth, front-line harm reduction supports for women, and language and employment training for older-adults. Vanessa is committed to helping BCRPA members offer high quality, inclusive parks and recreation opportunities that reach all corners of the province.

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Project Manager

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Noelle is the Project Manager with BCRPA and has been a part of the team since 2012, working on programming and professional development for those across the age spectrum – from infants to seniors. Her previous work has included advocacy and policy development in BC and the UK, with a particular focus on healthy living. She enjoys being active in beautiful British Columbia, hiking in the mountains, paddle boarding in the sea, and exploring nature with her family.

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Partnerships & Events Coordinator

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Stephanie joined BCRPA in March 2016 and has held multiple roles in the Education & Initiatives Department. As Partnership & Events Coordinator, she is the main point of contact for BCRPA’s event and conference tradeshow and sponsor relationships. She possesses a passion for fun and helping people make connections, which she brought with her from her previous role as Aquatics Supervisor at the YMCA. She's also a movie buff, a passionate swimmer, enjoys meditating, and spending time with her friends.

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Education Administrator

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As the Education Administrator with BCRPA, Christina is our delegates' first touchpoint at each of our five main conferences. She also provides administrative support for the Education and Initiatives Team. Engaging with and supporting the community is very important to her both professionally and personally, which is what led her to BCRPA.  It was a perfect progression from her previous positions working in fund development for the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and The Arts Club Theatre Company. When not at work, you can find Christina enjoying local festivals, dancing salsa, honing her mandolin skills, and supporting the arts.

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Education and Initiatives Assistant

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Jewel is BCRPA’s Education and Initiatives Assistant. She stickhandles the administrative processes of HIGH FIVE® and enthusiastically supports our conference and events. Jewel got her start with BCRPA as a student intern, and then came aboard full time as a graduate of the Recreation Program at Langara College, and a former Program Leader for the Vancouver School Board. In her spare time Jewel can be found venturing out into nature, singing and making music, and practicing yoga.

 

Physical Education Programs

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Senior Manager, Physical Activity Programs 

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Kevin comes to BCRPA with over 25 years of sport and recreation experience in leadership positions at the provincial and national level as Executive Director, Senior Manager, and Board Director. Prior to joining the BCRPA team, Kevin worked at Trent University as the Manager of Sport Development, and earlier with Triathlon Western Australia managing their Coaching and High Performance Program. He is an avid runner and enjoys most endurance-driven sports.

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Physical Activity Programs Assistant

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Hannah Moosoohur is the Physical Activity Programs Assistant with BCRPA’s Fitness Department. She enjoys assisting BCRPA's Registered Fitness Leaders with their inquiries, working with volunteers, and planning upcoming events. Hannah’s passion for health and wellness led her to earn a degree from the University of Victoria's Recreation and Health Education program. Hannah grew up valuing physical activity by playing soccer and water polo. Currently, she enjoys pilates, hiking, skiing, and working out at the gym. Traveling to new places is Hannah’s favourite hobby. 

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Cutomer Service Representative

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Dana Bidnall is BCRPA’s Customer Service Representative. Prior to BCRPA, she spent six years in communications in the not-for-profit and NGO sectors and several years living and working in New Zealand and Southeast Asia. What drew her to BCRPA was the fun and supportive culture, and the variety of work within her role. Outside of the workplace, Dana can be found traveling internationally and hiking locally. She also enjoys volunteering each year with the Vancouver International Film Festival.

 

Communications and Corporate Services 

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Director, Communications & Corporate Services

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As the Director of Communications and Corporate Services, Holly-Anne’s portfolio touches on pretty much every aspect of BCRPA. A seasoned communications professional (and a big fan of alliteration), she harnesses the power of words to inform, inspire, and ignite. Her strengths are centered on people, processes, and productivity. She uses her passion for travel and exploration to expand her understanding and appreciation of not only how unique every individual is but also how connected we all are, and can be.

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Communications Officer

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Leslie is the Communications Officer with BCRPA. She brings a diversity of experience to the role, gathered from her previous work supporting initiatives focused on human rights, clean water, affordable housing, climate action, and public health care. Her current role allows her to further sharpen her storytelling skills to support meaningful engagement, and share exciting projects and innovations led by BCRPA's recreation and parks members. When not on the job, you’ll find her teaching meditation classes, cycling the seawall, ambling through the forest, and learning how to live off the grid on Gambier Island.

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Administrator

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Connie has been supporting BCRPA’s Communications department since December 2012. As an Administrator, Connie lends her creative talents to the creation of conference communications materials, and plays an integral role in supporting communications for all BCRPA’s departments. Her career has been focused in the non-profit sector, supporting organizations that strive to improve the lives of others. Connie brings her nurturing spirit to all she does. Outside of work she cherishes spending time with her family, and playing with her children.

 

Finance

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Accounting Assistant

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Samantha has been the Accounting Assistant with BCRPA since 2017. She was previously with Family Services of Greater Vancouver where she discovered a penchant for excel, data management, and finance. She now keenly crunches the numbers to keep BCRPA’s budgets on track, assists funded programs, and compiles meaningful data to help visionaries make decisions. Outside of work Samantha enjoys cycle touring, camping, and spending time with her nieces. She is also passionate about human-powered travel and zero-waste initiatives.