CNC Names Nechako, Lakes District appointees
Prince George, B.C. – The College of New Caledonia has announced the appointment of two new regional principals and an operational manager.
Corinne George began her tenure as Regional Principal for the Lakes District on September 12th. Nicholette Prince is the new Regional Principal for the Nechako campus as of October 3rd. And Karen Bancroft takes over as Operations Manager for Nechako on October 11th.
Corinne George is Witsuwit’en from the Gitimden Clan (Bear Clan), a member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and comes from a lineage of hereditary and elected chiefs. Her father Andrew was a WWII veteran, a Royal Canadian Engineer who built bridges. Corinne says “my ancestors, too, were bridge builders – bridges of cultural knowledge, diplomacy and bridges between communities.”
She holds a BA from the University of Lethbridge and an MA from the University of Calgary, both in history. She has worked in a number of support and faculty positions at CNC. Her education and work experience, coupled with the mandate of a new relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations, are seen as ensuring inclusive and integrated opportunities for all within the Lakes District.
Nicholette Prince is a member of the Nak’azdli Whut’en and its former Chief Operating Officer who grew up in Fort St James and Prince George. Both of her parents promoted education and Prince says “the college is part of the foundation that keeps our communities thriving.”
Prince holds a BA (Hon) in Art History from UVIC and a MSc in Clothing and Textiles from the University of Alberta. She has spent most of her career at the Museum of Civilization (now Museum of History) in Gatineau, Quebec. She has taught at both UNBC and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources in Winnipeg. Prince says “I have always promoted education and look forward to the opportunity to assist communities in determining and achieving their education needs.”
Karen Bancroft comes from Ontario originally and has been living in Vanderhoof since 2004 and working both there and in Fort St James. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and has held senior management positions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She has vast experience in managing budgets and staff and has also taught finance and management courses at UNBC, as well as university transfer courses, academic upgrading and job readiness skills at CNC.
Bancroft says “I look forward to working with our team to develop and implement the best business practices and partnerships which will best serve the academic and educational needs of the communities we serve.”
CNC President Henry Reiser says “we are honoured to have Corrine, Nicholette and Karen accept these positions. We look forward to working with them, the Lakes District communities and the Nechako region communities to provide relevant and responsive programs and services.”