Dzengo Mzengeza • Executive Director
Dzengo joined NEAT as Executive Director in October 2010. He moved here from Grande Prairie, Alberta with his family and has made Fort St John home. Dzengo's background in engineering and business administration focused on the non-profit sector has helped NEAT become a more sustainable organization.Under his leadership, NEAT has increased the scope of projects and programs we are undertaking throughout the northeast.
Dzengo is an ambassador for NEAT’s message that being green isn’t about sacrifice but adding quality to our lives. He was initially drawn to the position because of NEAT’s commitment to its community members, particularly youth and for the organization’s momentum in education and awareness programs to sustaining our communities. Dzengo believes there is a collective responsibility in addressing environmental issues since they affect each one of our lives and the life of the future generations.
KAREN MASON-BENNETT •
Karen moved to Fort St John in the November 2007 and explored much of the city on foot, children in tow. Growing up she learned that recycling, composting and water conservation are part of our responsibility to provide a better environment for the next generation.
The seven years she has worked with NEAT has solidified her belief that environment and economy can coexist in a mutually respectful relationship. Karen has worked extensively analyzing stewardship/EPR programs within the province and has started food security programming that takes place throughout the region. She truly identifies with this quote from Albert Einstein "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” She tries to incorporate this wisdom into all of the programming she designs.
Karen went to Trent University, where she got a BAHons in International Development Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She completed her Master's Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo in 2014 and is looking forward to the next challenge.
TAMMY HRAB •
Tammy moved to Fort St. John in the summer of 2004. She immediately fell in love with the town and surrounding landscape. Since then, she has been involved in the Peace River North Festival Association, Stage North, Studio 2 Stage, and enjoys hiking and snowshoeing in her spare time.
With Tammy’s background in customer service, discovering ways to help people with their questions and needs comes second nature. Tammy has a strong commitment to the vision of NEAT and she passionately works to support NEAT's mission and vision.
ASHLEE PURCELL • BOOKKEEPER/ADMINISTRATION
Ashlee joined NEAT in 2016 and brings a strong financial background to our team. She co-owns a consignment store with her Mom in Vancouver and has been living a reuse based lifestyle for years before joining our team.
SUSAN MCGARVEY • ECO-ADVISOR FORT ST. JOHN
Susan is a passionate educator who grew up in Indianapolis and taught remedial reading in Pohnpei before moving to Fort St John. Susan loves working with pre- and elementary school aged children and their families to inspire positive actions. She is often seen in local schools teaching about food security, consumerism, waste reduction, and recycling. She is a passionate advocate for education and sustainability.
Kellye moved to Dawson Creek in Sept 2017 to join NEAT as an eco-advisor. She had lived in the Lower Mainland her entire life but yearned for a rural community and colder climate. In 2016 she graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certification. Her concentration was in coastal and fluvial geomorphology, weather and climate, ecology, biogeography and hydrology. She is working on an advanced diploma in GIS with BCIT and plans on pursuing a Masters of Science in Environmental Conservation.
After graduation, Kellye began looking for the right community where she could grow her knowledge and skills, and make a difference. Though it was difficult to leave everyone she knew behind, she loves the northern beauty of the Peace River valley and is looking forward to her first real winter in many years. /p>
Kellye has long been advising friends and family on how to live a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle. She hopes her background in hard science, coupled with a passion for environmental conservation and climate change mitigation, will bring a strong, new perspective to her role with NEAT. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Dawson Creek community.
KRISTY DE VUYST • ECO-ADVISOR DAWSON CREEK
Kristy moved to Rolla, BC just north of Dawson Creek in 2012 to buy a farm with her family. Their goal is to create a sustainable, waste free life where her kids are an active part of producing the food they eat by milking goats, collecting eggs, gardening, and spending lots of time outdoors every day.
She is passionate about reducing the waste in her home by using cloth, glass and reusable products, making her own green cleaners, soaps and canning and she loves long walks in the forest with her goats.
Kristy graduated with a Diploma in Geomatics Engineering from BCIT in 2005. She went on to take courses in Survey Law, and Cadastral studies. She also studied English Literature, Ethnobotany, Cultural Anthropology and Archeology at OUC in Kelowna and is very interested in history and homesteading.
Emily has joined the team at NEAT. She has returned to Fort St. John after a year back in her home country of Australia.
Emily is passionate about Green Living and strives every day to make better choices for the environment. She loves long hikes in nature, cooking with fresh produce and reading lots and lots of books.
Emily looks forward to working in the community, learning how you want to make a change and incorporating that into her own Green Living experience.