Working together for BC's dairy farmers

Our team is proud to work together on behalf of BC’s dairy farmers. These are the people behind the programs, resources, campaigns and events that you know as BC Dairy.

Jeremy Dunn

General Manager

Jeremy leads the team at BC Dairy in supporting its mandate to create a positive environment for dairy farmers and their customers. He brings 20 years of experience to the organization in business leadership, strategic planning, issues management and stakeholder engagement .

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Jeremy has always had an appreciation for locally produced food. On the weekends, he loves to prepare meals with his wife and two young kids.

 

 

Milai Burnett

Director of Finance and Administration

Milai is responsible for the financial side of BC Dairy’s operations and reporting. When not crunching numbers, Milai can be found exploring local trails with her daughters and their dogs or sampling local wines at the many vineyards BC has to offer.

 

Holly Esplin

People & Culture Manager

Holly leads all things People & Culture at BC Dairy and is responsible for supporting BC Dairy’s most important asset to achieving its mission – its people!

Originally from the U.K., Holly now calls BC home, where she loves to explore the outdoors, spending every opportunity she gets either in the water or up a mountain.

Christine Terpsma

Director of Producer & Public Affairs

Christine grew up on a dairy farm, working alongside her family. As a professional agrologist, Christine works with farmers, industry, and all levels of government to support a sustainable dairy industry in BC. Christine is interested in natural resource conservation, ecosystem restoration, and the role that farms play in a supporting a healthy environment. When she’s not in the office, Christine can be found in the barn.

Carla Soutar

Producer Services Manager

Born and raised on a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley, where she still works on weekends, Carla is passionate about the industry and the people within it. She collaborates with all of BC Dairy’s producers and industry partners to continue building relationships within the industry. She loves hiking and spending time in nature with her kids, when not on the farm.

Belinda Arpagaus

Producer Engagement Coordinator

Belinda is a fifth-generation dairy farmer. She, her husband and three children run a 75 cow dairy farm with French Montbéliarde cows in Enderby, B.C. Before moving back to Canada, Belinda spent a lot of time in Switzerland, working in the tourism and customer service industry. Belinda and her family love the outdoors and exploring the local region with family and visitors from abroad.

Daniella Reid

Public Affairs Specialist

Daniella is a strong advocate for promoting local industry here in our backyard – contributing more jobs to the economy and increasing BC’s food security. As the Public Affairs Specialist, Daniella manages BC Dairy’s government engagement for dairy producers across the province. In her spare time, you can find Daniella on a mountain, paddling on the water, and checking out the best local restaurants around BC.

Emma Strazhnik

Stakeholder & Innovation Manager

Emma manages climate and sustainability files, up-and-coming research, and knowledge transfer. Having lived and worked at the UBC Dairy Research and Education Centre in Agassiz, her passion is ensuring that new knowledge makes its way to local dairy farmers to support dairy producers in their businesses. Since she doesn’t get to work directly with cows anymore, she spends most of her free time playing near the water with her black and white (holstein) dog, Stanley.

Kelsey Zalot

Quality Assurance Manager

Kelsey manages the proAction team at BC Dairy. Providing training, education and technical support on the proAction program to producers and industry stakeholders. Kelsey has always had a passion for agriculture. Having grown up in the Fraser Valley, participating in 4-H and later working as a veterinary assistant and dairy genetics technician, she brings a wealth of technical knowledge and producer support experience to BC Dairy. When not at her desk, Kelsey can be found camping and off-roading with her husband and young son.

Morgan Sangster

Producer Support Manager

Morgan grew up on a hobby farm with a couple holsteins in southwestern Manitoba, where her passion for dairy was ignited.  She has worked across western Canada in a variety of different capacities in the dairy industry at the farm level. She brings almost two decades of experience with her to BC Dairy.  She is excited to help support BC dairy producers in her role as Producer Support Manager.

Tamara Pottrick

Provincial proAction Coordinator

Growing up on an organic berry farm in Abbotsford, Tamara has always had an interest in agriculture.

As a program coordinator, she works on daily administration of the proAction program.

Outside of her work for BC Dairy she spends most of her time at her second full-time job on a nearby dairy farm, or enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

Gaylene Hendrickson

ProAction Validator

Gaylene grew up on a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley and now lives in the Okanagan.  She has been a proAction validator since 2009 and is responsible for validating almost all of the dairy farms  outside of the Fraser Valley. Her spare time is spent working on her family hobby farm and helping out her friends and family on their dairy farms.

Heidi Schurmann

ProAction Validator

Heidi runs a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley with her husband and three young children. She has been a proAction validator since 2013. Heidi is passionate about calf care on her farm and enjoys working with her rescue horses when not in the dairy barn.

Megan Kampman

Megan Kampman

proAction Validator

Megan has been active in the dairy community her whole life. She grew up on her parent’s dairy farm in the Fraser Valley, participated in 4H and studied agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. Currently, she works alongside her husband and his family on their dairy operation. She has been a ProAction validator since 2021. When she isn’t busy with her five children, she enjoys gardening and running.

Wali Sahar

proaction validator

Jennifer Woron

Director of Marketing & Partnerships

Growing up in the Fraser Valley, Jennifer is passionate about food and agriculture, especially if it comes from BC. As the Director of Marketing, Jennifer channels this passion for local food and farmers through visually compelling advertising campaigns that tell the story of BC dairy farmers and the high quality products they produce. On the weekends, you’ll find her exploring local parks with her family.

Kristine Alfonso

Marketing Manager

Kristine grew up in Vancouver and has a passion for getting people excited about dairy. As the Marketing Manager, Kristine shares her expertise in visual design and marketing when creating advertising campaigns. In her spare time she gets excited about travelling, exploring BC for local foods, and participating in her toddler’s latest accomplishments.

Catherine Green

Director of Digital Communications & Content

With a serious passion for cooking, and an appreciation for the visual arts, Catherine loves to share stories about food and farming as the lead of BC Dairy’s digital communications and content.

When she’s offline, Catherine can usually be found experimenting in the kitchen, checking out local restaurants, or somewhere outdoors exploring beautiful BC.

 

Jennifer Wu

Digital Communications Coordinator

As the Digital Communications Coordinator, Jennifer manages BC Dairy’s social media channels and is passionate about creating engaging content that tells a story and provides value to the audience. Growing up in Vancouver, she loves discovering new local spots that serve up the best cuisine. Jennifer is also a latte and travel enthusiast so you’ll likely find her at a local coffee shop planning her next adventure.

Joel Barohn, MS, RD, Chef

Education & Community Partnerships Manager

After working as health and wellness coordinator for a dairy association in Texas, Joel moved to BC in 2016. As a registered dietitian at BC Dairy, Joel contributes to the mission of promoting health through leadership and innovation in nutrition education at schools and among fellow health professionals. Outside of work, Joel enjoys cooking and spending time with his family exploring BC.

Wendy Kwok

Community Partnerships Specialist

Born and raised in Vancouver, Wendy loves all things grown and made in BC. She jokes she’s a jack-of-many-trades and master-of-none. Hence at BC Dairy, her role spans from corporate partnership development, graphic design, database management, advocate for healthy meals in schools to unloading the company dishwasher. She shares with everyone that crosses her path her respect and admiration for dairy farmers, and how genuine, down-to-earth and hardworking they are. On weekends you’ll find her learning to cook traditional dishes with her mom and acting goofy with her young nieces and nephews.

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Erica Cahill, RD

Nutrition Educator

As a registered dietitian with BC Dairy, Erica contributes to our vision of a healthy, thriving British Columbia through the promotion of BC Dairy’s innovative food and nutrition education programs and advocating for dairy as a part of a balanced and healthy diet. When she isn’t working you can find her outside gardening, camping with friends, reading, or in the kitchen trying new recipes, especially those that use her favourite dairy products!

Aimee Laity

Dairy Education Coordinator

From her time in 4-H to being the wife of a dairy farmer, Aimee has a passion for the industry and loves anything to do with cows. In her role at BC Dairy, she coordinates dairy education programs that promote dairy farming in the community. You’ll often find her walking through the fields with her dog Benson at her family’s farm.