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.
HELP WANTED • ECO-ADVISOR DAWSON CREEK
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.