Sandy Atkinson is from the Snuneymuxw First Nation, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and is the Director of Operations and Finance for the First Nations Forestry Council. Sandy oversees the day-to-day operations of the Forestry Council, including financial management and compliance, and ensuring the administrative and governance functions are current and progressive.
Sandy has over 25 years of experience in operational forestry, as well as the administrative and financial management of forestry businesses and joint ventures.
She is passionate about the BC forest sector and utilizing the forests to provide jobs and economic benefits that are sustainable, and not at the expense of protecting our forests for the cultural and spiritual values they possess.
Karen Sorensen joined the Forestry Council in January 2020 as the Workforce Development Manager. She brings to her role 20 years of experience in creative and strategic development. Most recently, Karen worked with the BC Forest Discovery Centre and industry stakeholders to develop a 1.5M exhibit entitled Forests Forever: Innovation in Modern Forestry. This interactive exhibit was designed to engage and educate the public about current forestry practices and innovations on the coast of BC.
As the Workforce Development Manager for the BC First Nations Forestry Council, Karen leads the Workforce Strategy, developing and growing strategic partnerships to link First Nations talent to jobs in the forest sector; that includes the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program.
Karen has enjoyed spending the past 10 years working and raising her family on beautiful Vancouver Island, where she grew-up.