Employee Directory


Shawn Holte, Executive Director
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Shawn’s phone extension is 309

Shawn has a strong experience in Business, Administration, and Human Resources management for both a First Nation’s government and a regional First Nation’s organization.  He also has experience in forestry and forest products manufacturing.  His education background in the CGA Program of Professional Studies has provided a backbone to the work he has done in these areas.



Bert Groenenberg, Project Officer
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Bert’s phone extension is 208

Currently focusing on managing Nuxalk Carrier Grease Trail projects (www.greasetrail.com), Bert also works in general administration, economic development, business development, and governance. 

Before joining the Tribal Council, Bert served as a Business Manager for a start-up landscape construction firm. In the mid-1980s, he managed Sorghum Mill and Building Supply Depot in Botswana (Africa) as a Business Planner. 

Bert has his Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED) certification from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). As well, he has a BA in Geography (SFU 1990). is a Landscape Architectural Technologist (Ryerson 1980) and became a certified Civil Engineering Technologist in 1982, now lapsed. Bert has served as a director on several charitable societies over the years.


Jennifer Wiggins, Administrative Assistant
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Jennifer’s phone extension is 200

Jennifer provides administrative support to the team. She is also the initial contact person when you walk in the front door.

Doron PollachekHealth Manager
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Doron’s phone extension is 202

A Health Promotion & Education professional with 20 years of diverse experience at personal, municipal, and national-level practice, as well as experience in academic and NGO settings. He has initiated and involved in trailblazing projects, including prevention of smoking onset among youth, childhood obesity, and chronic diseases. Equipped with Indigenous Bedouins working experience, First Nation studies, and a PhD in developing Health Cities & Communities, Doron pursues his passion engaging with the First Nations, sharing, learning, and contributing. Appreciation Mother Natures’ gifts, Doron spends quite some time outdoors jogging, hiking, and mindful walking.

Cassandra AbelHealth Department Coordinator
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Cassandra’s phone extension is 204

As the Health Department Coordinator, Cassandra provides support and administrative assistance to the Health Manager in developing our Nation’s Health and Wellness strategy, projects, and plans. In this position, Cassandra helps provide effective, efficient, and professional operation of the Health Department for CCTC. Cassandra also assists with community engagement by taking a cultural-oriented and holistic centered- approach to help improve our Nation’s Health and Wellness

Cathy Frew, M.Soc.Sc Psychology, Ulkatcho Mental Health Clinician
Williams Lake office: 250-398-7033 Ext 207
Ulkatcho Health Clinic: 250-742-2090

Cathy Frew is passionate about mental wellness, especially recovery from emotional pain caused by trauma and other negative life events. From South Africa, Cathy has professional education and experience in nursing and has completed a master’s in psychology. Cathy alternates her weeks between the Health Clinic in Ulkatcho and the CCTC office in Williams Lake.


Jennifer Vickers, BSW, Family Support Worker – Quesnel Office
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Unit # 103 – 213 Anderson Drive, Quesnel BC
Office: 250-992-2075, Work Cell: 250-255-5741

Jennifer Vickers is a registered social worker who works with First Nation families in the Quesnel area. Jennifer assists families with MCFD, court matters, advocacy, and referrals to other support agencies.

Corina Clement, Traditional Wellness Coordinator – Quesnel Office
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Unit #103 – 213 Anderson Drive, Quesnel BC
Work Cell: 250-983-0274

Based out of the Quesnel CCTC office, Corina works with Elders in traditional healing and health wellness practices for the Dakelh Dene Health Nation. The participating communities are the Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, Lhtako Dene Nation, Nazko First Nation and Ulkatcho.