John has been working at the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council since the organization was formed in 2006. He has lived most of his life in Listuguj and currently resides there with his wife and two children. John’s educational background includes Social Services, Business Administration and he is currently working on an Executive Master Business (EMBA). John has a passion for photography, hunting and the Mi’gmaq language. “What I love about working at GMRC is the amazing team we have and also being able to conduct research using Two-Eyed Seeing, developed by Dr. Albert Marshall.”
Brenda Martin is from Eel River Bar First Nation. She started working in finance at the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council in 2009. As the financial administrator, Brenda is responsible for day to day financial entry and monitoring, payroll, budget preparation and balancing expenses in our projects. Prior to working at GMRC, Brenda was employed with the Eel River Bar band for over 30 years as the financial administrator. Brenda is a member of the Horizon Health Network board, she sits on the Order of New Brunswick Advisory Council, and the steering committee for New Brunswick Climate Change.
Jessica graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science and moved back to Listuguj when she joined the GMRC team as an Aquatic Research Technician. She is a team player and offers her knowledge, experience and assistance to other members of the GMRC staff. She is keen on learning new skills and has most recently completed a course in unmanned aerial flying (UAV). Jessica is the proud mother to her boy and girl twins.
Dr. Gillis brings her passion and expertise in researching aquatic species and habitats to the GMRC team. She grew up along the shores of the Restigouche River and believes it has inspired her career path. Carole-Anne describes her passion to specialize in science as being, “to be useful to my community and watershed.” Carole-Anne has been actively working in our membership communities since 2014. She feels a sense of fulfillment in working at GMRC.
For the past 12 years, Craig has been working as an aquatic research technician with GMRC, working across several different projects and with different species in the river systems. Another important task Craig undertakes is conducting Mi’gmaq Ecological Knowledge (MEK) in our member communities. “I really enjoy being on the water, that is why I enjoy this job so much. My whole family has all worked with fisheries, there is always that connection to the water.” Craig maintains a strong connection to his culture and is a grass dancer. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of grass dancing and can be found on the powwow trail with his daughter during the summer months.
Pascale joined the GMRC team in 2016 as the GIS technician. She graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, and a Master of Science in Physical Geography with a major in permafrost and hydrology. Between the years of 2009 to 2013, Pascale worked with the Inuit community of Pangnirtung, Nunavut studying permafrost. She has knowledge working with ArcGIS, Air photographic interpretation, GPS and has a strong ability to communicate science orally and in writing. She is excited to bring her knowledge and expertise and work with Eel River Bar, Listuguj and Pabineau. Pascale is from Matane and is the proud mother to a daughter and newborn son.
Charlene brings a wealth of experience to her role as GMRC’s communication officer. After graduating from NBCC Woodstock’s journalism program, Charlene began working at CBC TV and Radio as a reporter. She was the Yellowknife correspondent at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and also worked at CTV Atlantic as a reporter. During her career, she has worked at the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat (MMS), the North Shore Micmac District Council’s AAROM, and Eel River Bar First Nation before joining the dynamic team at GMRC. She believes her role at GMRC is the perfect fit, because she can combine her passion for photography along with her knowledge of working as a communication officer and her love of the river and bay. Charlene can be found outdoors throughout the year enjoying nature with her three dogs. She recently became a proud foster mother to two boys.
Miriam holds a bachelor’s degree in bioresource engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from McGill University. She has five years of experience as a project manager in the field of contaminated site remediation. Her interests include hiking, canoeing, gardening and foraging. She is excited to join a dynamic team and contribute to strengthening local ecosystems.
Lloyd Arsenault is a carpenter by trade, but has quickly grew into his role as project assistant. Lloyd is a hard worker and stays focused on his task. He graduated from NBCC in 2017, and also has some university experience. Lloyd enjoys being physically active and challenging himself both physically and mentally. He describes himself as, “an eager learner, curious about many things, such as the work I am currently a part of. I normally work with people, and consider myself a team player. I am easy to get a long, and open to learning new things from my peers. Personally, I am always looking forward to new opportunities that may present themselves, and also hope to learn as I go through the process.”