The PRRO is a team of skilled professionals with experience in a wide range of fields including, forestry, archaeology, anthropology, First Nations’ Governance, environmental mitigation and remediation, geographic information systems (GIS), cultural heritage resource management, environmental resource management, and strategic planning.
Our staff experience covers the private and public sectors with several organizations like the provincial government, local government, consulting, and First Nations’ organizations.
Matt was the first of his family to be born in Canada, his parents both being born to New Zealand settler families. Graduating from UBC with a Major in Anthropology, he worked as a field archaeologist across BC before returning to school at BCIT for an Advance Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Following his graduation from that program, he was hired at the Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre (SRRMC) in 2012 just as StoloConnect.com and The People of the River Referrals Office (PRRO) were about to launch. He now manages PRRO.
Mike has lived in the Chilliwack area since 1991 and currently resides with his wife Shelley at Cultus Lake. Mike grew up in Houston, BC and is a proud member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Laksilyu (Small Frog) clan on his mother’s side. He is equally proud of his Celtic/Irish heritage on his father’s side as well. In addition to a Diploma in Natural Resource Management, Mike is also certified in Forestry Business Administration. Previously Mike enjoyed over twenty years as a forestry contract supervisor and technician in various sectors of the Natural Resource industry including over nine years with the Chilliwack Forest District.
Gina was raised by her Grandparents in Seabird Island and spent her high school years in White Rock. After working in retail for a short
time, Gina boarded a plane to Japan where she lived for two years teaching english and travelling throughout Asia. Since then, Gina has
returned home and has planted firm roots by starting a beautiful family with two girls, Stephany and Candace. When not working, she can usually be found at the nearest lake on her paddle board or boat!