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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Katie Fenn

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Katie joined BCRPA in 2022 after a long tenure in public health focusing on quality systems and improvement at the BC Centre for Disease Control. Her passion is system-level engagement and partnership in health promotion and disease prevention. Katie grew up in recreation and parks, having been a fitness and dance instructor, lifeguard, camp leader/manager, support worker, and festival visual arts coordinator, and participant in the Olympic Academy of Canada. Her connection to recreation continues as a parent and coach, with two active school-aged children busy with soccer, hockey, swimming, dance, music, mountain biking, and many other outdoor pursuits.  Her latest challenge is navigating an e-bike commute with some regularity.

Katie holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UBC, and dual undergraduate degrees from Queen's University in Physical and Health Education (BPHE) and Film (BA).  She is grateful to make her home on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh in North Vancouver.

Education and Initiatives Department

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Noelle Virtue
Director, Strategic Initiatives and Programs

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Noelle is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs with BCRPA and has been a part of the team in various roles since 2012. Her previous work has included advocacy, project management and policy development in BC and the UK, with a particular focus on healthy living. Her current role allows her to focus on building authentic partnerships and creating big-picture impact in the sector. She enjoys active travel and spending time close to home growing food in the garden and exploring in the mountains and by the sea with her family and friends. 

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Christina Schultz
Manager, Fitness and Programs

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Christina has been with the BCRPA since 2016, providing customer service and support for our fitness leaders and BCRPA members alike. Christina is also our delegates' first touchpoint at each of our five main conferences, and well as providing administrative support for our Education and Initiatives department. 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, taking dance classes, bird-watching, and supporting the arts.

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Nicole Dargent
Fitness Program Coordinator

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Nicole joined BCRPA as Fitness Program Coordinator in 2023. She is a BCRPA Registered Trainer of Fitness Leaders, a Mentor for Group Fitness, and a Supervisor of Fitness Leaders in Fitness Theory and Weight Training specialties.

Nicole has gathered a wealth of knowledge of the fitness industry from over 17 years teaching workshops, courses, and classes, and as a Fitness Programmer with the City of Surrey. Nicole also holds a certificate from Simon Fraser University in health and fitness studies as well as a diploma in advanced nutrition specializing in sports and fitness.

When she's not teaching fitness classes or chatting with BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders, you can find Nicole playing soccer, paddleboarding, camping or enjoying a good cheesecake.

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Kirkland Halliday
Senior Program Manager

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As the Senior Program Manager at BCRPA, Kirkland is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Choose to Move and ActivAge™ programs throughout British Columbia. In addition, Kirkland supports program delivery and education development for provincial recreation, parks and fitness programs. Drawing on her background coordinating sports, fitness, and education programs, along with her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and Masters in Management, Kirkland aspires to enhance the health and wellbeing of BC communities. Outside of work, Kirkland loves experimenting with new recipes, being outdoors, and camping.

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Paula Becerra
Project Manager

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As the Project Manager, Paula oversees BCRPA’s Fitness Program, conferences, and new project initiatives. Paula got her start with BCRPA as a student intern, and then came on board full time after completing her Kinesiology degree from UBC. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the Lower Mainland’s many hiking trails, parks, and beaches.

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Sophia Rodriguez
Program Coordinator

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Sofia joined BCRPA in 2024 as the Project Coordinator. Her role includes overseeing BC's HIGH FIVE® program, BCRPA's Pool Operator courses, and providing support to her team wherever possible. Her previous work involved researching plant enzymes in a laboratory setting. Sofia is excited to take the leap into the non-profit sector and make a positive impact by helping people engage with their communities and their environment. Sofia is also passionate about all things gardening, seed saving, cycling, and jewelry making. 

Engagement and Communications

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Leslie Dickout
Director, Engagement and Communications

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Leslie is the Director of Engagement and Communications with BCRPA. 

With over 20 years of experience, Leslie brings her passion for storytelling, meaningful engagement, and progressive innovation to support BCRPA's recreation and parks members and their communities across British Columbia. 

Her previous work has supported public education and action on a range of issues including climate change, affordable housing, public health care, and human rights issues.

When not on the job, you’ll find her teaching meditation classes, cycling the seawall, exploring plants and mosses in the forest, and learning how to live off-the-grid on Gambier Island.

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Connie Mah
Manager, Operations and Sustainability

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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.


Felicitas Lutz
Partnerships and Events Coordinator

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Felicitas joined BCRPA in the spring of 2022 as the Partnerships and Events Coordinator. Her previous work in the fields of digital marketing and program management helped to enrich her now nuanced understanding of how to cultivate meaningful business relationships. When she’s not collaborating with her team or networking with Sponsors and Exhibitors new and returning, you can find Felicitas exploring BC’s natural landscapes.

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Kathryn Tindale
Communications and Program Coordinator

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Kathryn joined BCRPA in the Spring of 2022. She arrived eager to start a new career path in the non-profit sector after working previously as a journalist reporting on cannabis policy and Vancouver-based daily news. Kathryn brings her curiosity and creativity to BCRPA’s communications department, including telling the incredible stories of the recreation and parks sector on Healthy Living Matters. When she’s not at work, or cuddling her cat at home, Kathryn can be found somewhere outside – jogging, swimming in the ocean, or basking in nearby parks.  


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Samantha Taylor
Program and Accounting Coordinator

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Samantha has been 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.