The membership board is made up of the 19 MRA communities:






Every community has a representative on the MRA board - contact us to find out who or to become your community's representative.

  • Fort Resolution

  • Fort Simpson

  • Fort Smith

  • Gameti

  • Hay River

  • Behchoko

  • Dettah

  • Enterprise

  • Fort Liard

  • Fort Providence

  • Jean Marie River

  • Kakisa

  • K'atl'odeeche

  • Lutsel K'e

  • Nahanni Butte

  • N'Dilo

  • Sambaa K'e

  • Wekweeti

  • Whati

  • Wrigley


 The executive board consists of up to six volunteers: a president, vice president, three regional directors, and a past president (if applicable).  Currently the MRA is staffed by one full time executive director and one seasonal summer staff.


Dale Loutit

Dale was born and raised in the North and the people, nature and wonderful qualities of the north keep her here. She has a diploma in Recreation, Tourism and Community Development and certificates in Recreation Coordinator and Community Leadership but she is always eager to learn more and advance her skills and knowledge both professionally and personally. Dale is outgoing, energetic, and incredibly honest. She's always up for a new adventure, a good laugh, and helping out her community. Dale enjoys volunteering her time with MRA because the organization brings communities together in order to share ideas and encourage inter-community networking and collaboration.


Doreen Nitsize

Vice President



Erin Porter

South Slave Director

Erin is the Community Wellness and Recreation Program Leader in Enterprise and is continuously improving her skills and knowledge. She is enrolled in both the Recreation North and MACA: School of Community Government training program working towards her occupational certification in recreation. Erin was a hairstylist by trade and has grown to love the position and the joy of seeing others having fun, getting out, socializing, and living a good life. Erin is a proud momma of 4 beautiful and kind kids that she also home-schools! What free time she does have, she enjoys spending it with family camping, traveling, and having fun with friends. 


Lyla Pierre

Dehcho Director



Johnny Weyallon

North Slave Director

Johnny comes back to MRA and recreation after a nearly 19 year break. He is passionate about bringing a wide variety of activities and opportunities to Behchoko, and the MRA region. Some of his past experiences include AWG, volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, badminton, basketball, snowshoeing, and Dene games. Although computers is not his strong suit, Johnny is dedicate to recreation and his community and willing to learn. On his spare time, Johnny likes to go camping to reset his mind. He is passionate about getting more people involved and active and is proud to be a leader, and organizer in his community and within MRA. 


Janie Hobart

Janie was one of the founding members of the Mackenzie Recreation Association. She continues to be a part of the MRA and serves on the board because she feels it is important for all community members to have more opportunities to be healthy and active. Also, Janie believes in the benefits to meet and work together regionally and exchange ideas and provide regional sport and recreation opportunities. 


While being on the executive board for MRA Janie enjoys meeting new people, sharing ideas, providing opportunities for community members. As an avid volunteer, she also loves seeing all the happy and smiling faces. 

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Jessica VanOverbeek

Executive Director

Jessica started with the MRA in September of 2015 after spending five years working as the recreation coordinator and program coordinator in Kugluktuk, NU. Jessica loves to travel to see new places, faces, and try new foods. When she is not working, Jessica likes to be active (golf, ultimate frisbee, curling, hiking, canoeing, etc) and volunteer with the Special Olympics active start program. 


Abby Webster

Summer Staff 2019

Abby comes to MRA after having taken our RLTC in 2018 and having worked in Hay River as the Summer Heat day camp coordinator. She has competed in AWG, CSG, CWG for the past five years. Abby is currently enrolled in the sports management program at Olds College and plays on their female varsity hockey team. She is extremely passionate about hockey and staying active. 

Enhancing the quality of life of the Mackenzie region residents through physical literacy and active for life opportunities while fostering and supporting the development of recreation, volunteers, and leadership.