Kitasoo Community School
Before joining SEAS, Deanna founded and managed a community kitchen in Klemtu. Through monthly luncheons and trips to gather food, this program provided a venue for the community’s elders to pass on traditions. A lifelong resident of Klemtu, Deanna views her role with SEAS as a continuation of her efforts to ensure the history, traditions and values of the Kitasoo First Nation are handed down to the next generation.
Lillian Gogag is First Nations and a member of the Gitksan Nation. She was taught at an early age to actively participate in her traditional culture, which encompasses environmental stewardship morals and values. Lillian is the principal of the Kitasoo Community School and supervises the implementation of the SEAS program from Kindergarten to grade 12. Her education includes a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of British Columbia
Kitasoo Band Council
Vernon Brown is a guide and cultural interpreter for the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Resource Stewardship Office. Vernon is of Kitasoo ancestry and has spent much of his life in Klemtu. Vernon is a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide and he enjoys sharing knowledge with others. Vernon is a qualified bear-viewing guide with the Commercial Bear Viewing Association and holds other industry certifications including wilderness first aid. Vernon also provides program development support to the SEAS community initiative project for both the school and internship programs and provides mentorship support to SEAS summer interns.
Doug Neasloss is a keen student of Kitasoo/Xai'Xais history and culture. Beginning his career as a bear viewing guide and cultural interpreter, he has spent many years becoming intimately familiar with Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Territory. As the Marine Use Planning Community Coordinator, Doug spent 4 years with the community, writing a marine use plan for their territory. Doug has moved on to become the Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Resource Stewardship Director and Chief Councilor. In the summers, Doug still finds time to follow his true passion, working as the lead guide for Spirit Bear Adventures.
Philip is the SEAS summer internship coordinator for Klemtu. With a degree in Animal Management from the University of Cumbria in the United Kingdom, Phil also works with the Spirit Bear Lodge and the Kitasoo Resource Stewardship Office to research bears in Kitasoo territory. His research includes bear behavior observation, DNA analyses of collected bear hair samples and data collection and analysis from a network of remote sensing wildlife cameras located throughout the Spirit Bear Conservancy and Kitasoo territory.