Meet the Directors

ROBIN UNRAU

President

I am a very proud lifelong BC resident. From my very earliest memories I knew I was a hunter. Being raised in a wonderful hunting family allowed me to live this dream to the fullest and enjoyed a terrific guiding career in BC, NWT and Alberta. 

I am a husband, father, son, brother, friend and an admitted workaholic. Aside from guiding I have enjoyed many careers in forestry, construction, home building, renovations and currently I work at a mine in NW BC and loving it. 

Like many, I have grave concerns for BC. Our wildlands, watersheds, wildlife and hunting have reached a tipping point in BC and my personal goal is to help all BC residents understand what has transpired in this beautiful province and help any way I can to reverse the current trends. I understand the problems overwhelming this province and with the hard work of many, I believe hunters can promote change and shape a future where everyone can enjoy British Columbia the way it was meant to be. Beautiful. 

TED BOCKING

Vice-President

I have been an outdoor enthusiast my entire life.  In addition to hunting & fishing personally, I am also a licensed hunting guide and trapper.  For the past 5 years, I have been the head guide for Wild Coast Outfitters, leading clients through the punishing endeavor that is Mountain Goat hunting on the northwest coast in British Columbia.  This fall, I am looking forward to the challenge of fall guiding in the Northwest Territories.  During the winter months, I operate a trapline in the Okanagan, British Columbia specifically targeting the overpopulation of predators in the area.

I have an amazing wife and family, the father of 5 daughters.  I am a volunteer soccer & basketball coach, and an active member sitting on the Board of the Shuswap Youth Soccer Association.  I am looking forward to an upcoming hunting adventure in New Zealand with my 16 year old daughter, and hunting & trapping partner.

WENDY CAREY

Treasurer

I grew up in BC in a fishing family though my Dad had a gun in the closet I don’t actually remember him ever using it.  My brother hunted a few ducks and unsuccessfully hunted deer until he put his gun away in preference for his fishing rod.

In high school I met a Guide Outfitter’s son and my eyes were opened to hunting – hunting culture, hunting passion and hunting conservation.  I still don’t hunt but as a Guide Outfitter (yep married him) I am also passionate about our wild places and our wild animals.  In the last 40 years I have attended too many meetings where the divisiveness of hunters has been the agenda, not how do we make and keep more wildlife in this province.  BC Interior SCI is focused on the same passion I have – create more wildlife, create more wild places.  BC has the potential to be the showcase of the world for wildlife populations for viewing and hunting.  We need to band together and change the focus of wildlife management.  

 

 

Secretary, Director of Media & Public Relations

Our secretary much prefers being behind a camera, not in front of it.  Born & raised to a hunting family from the West Kootenays, she is passionate about wildlife conservation.  

NEIL FINDLAY

Director

I grew up on a cattle farm in Armstrong, BC. Went to UBC after high school and achieved a forstry degree with a minor in wildlife management. Worked all over Coastal BC for 3 years after finishing UBC, completed requirements to become a Profesional Forester and then moved to the Interior and started my own consulting business. I have done that ever since. 30+ years working in the forest industry all over BC, primarily in planning, development and operations but have a broad and diverse background in a number of areas. I currently reside in Sun Peaks and have two teenage daughters. I am a very avid hunter but also spend a lot of time fishing, mountain biking and downhill and Nordic sking. I ran a trapline when I was younger and have also tried my hand as a guide-outfitter. My life largely revolves around the outdoors. I have found myself very frustrated with the crash in ungulate populations in this Province over the last 10 years. My goal in working within BC Interior SCI is to try and bring about change in wildlife management to attempt to bring back ungulate populations to where they have historically been.

DAVE RYDER

Director

I am the product of a long lineage of hunter, trappers, fisherman and outdoor heritage, born and raised in B.C. following a family migration from Manitoba where living off the land was a way of life more than a hobby. As long as I can remember being outdoors has always been a priority for me, from hunting whitetails and elk in the Kootenay’s to moose on the Yukon border, from urban and nuisance trapping for the Fish & Wildlife branch to Salmon fishing the rivers and oceans.

Retired after 40 years in the lumber industry it is now time to pursue my dreams and become even more a part of what B.C. has to offer in our diminishing wilderness.

This past November I became very concerned about the state of our wildlife in the areas I frequent and was inspired to start petitioning our Government to make change on our inadequate wildlife management policies as a single voice of one. It was then I was introduced to the founders of Hunters for B.C.  Upon learning of that their goals held the same values and desire to make change for the betterment of Wildlife as my own were. Without hesitation I decided to  jump right in and do my best to support the group and as a result have become a proud director with a dedicated team of great people who are willing to fight for and represent the outdoors people of our Province.

And thanks to all the members and the efforts of Hunters for B.C. I believe that we now have a chance to restore the balance to our wildlife and it’s habitat, and our resources that manage them back to the levels sustainability like they once were not only for myself, but for everyone and generations to come.

EVAN SAUGSTAD

Director

BC’s great outdoors is our back yard, and like you, my wish is that we look after that backyard and ensure it is still there and available for future generations.

I grew up in the outdoors.  Caught my first steelhead at the age of seven in the Bella Coola River, now you cannot fish for them, but some are still there.  Shot my first mule deer at fourteen, moose and goat at fifteen in the Atnarko River valley.  One is now hard pressed to find any one of the these in those same places.

I have experienced some of the best of what BC has to offer.  Good jobs, good hunting and good fishing is what I grew up and lived with.  Now as a retired worker, but still that avid outdoors person, I wish to see BC get back to be more like what we used to be.

I currently live in Fort St John and can still experience some of the great outdoor opportunities BC has.  Great places still exist, we just need more of them.  Fifty years after I got that first moose, I harvested my first stone sheep ram this past year.

SCI Interior is one of the many organizations that work to ensure these places and opportunities exist.  Join one, or more of these organizations as our great places will cease to exist if we do not look after and advocate for them. 

JORDAN KEMPF

Director

Hello, I am Jordan Kempf. I was born and raised here in BC and got in to hunting from my Dad, a few of my uncles and step grandfather. One of my uncles was a renowned award winning taxidermist and seeing him and his shop instilled some inspiration in me.
 
I began hunting with my father and fishing at an early age around 6-7 yrs old. Mule deer and the country they inhabit became a passion of mine shortly after. I began working on a couple of the local hay farms and ranches and grew up doing lots of farm work which kept me fairly close to the outdoors. Later on just after highschool I worked in the forest industry as a compassman for timber cruisers around the Kamloops-Merritt-Princeton areas. Some changes in life forced me to move to Alberta and had me thinking my hopes of ever hunting in this great diverse province were shattered and I would never have a chance to hunt the many game species we have here. Not long after, I realized there was some great hunting to be had in Alberta and my passions changed to elk for the next number of years. I worked in the oilpatch for nearly 14 years as roughneck, motorhand and derrickhand and my experience in the patch also kept me close to the wilds and the outdoors and I was fortunate to see a lot. Life’s twists and turns finally had me moving back to BC where I met my beautiful fiance Joanne and my three wonderful step children.  I continue in my passion for hunting and fishing here in the beautiful Nicola Valley working at a large scale open pit copper mine here not far from home.
 
When I am not at work I am outdoors. In the fall I am hunting big and small game, from goat, deer, elk, and bighorns to upland birds and coyotes. In winter I hike, hunt predators and ice fish. In the spring I am hiking and putting miles on my boots looking for sheds, hunting whichever predators are in season, bear hunting, and flyfishing local lakes. In the summer I enjoy camping with my family, fishing in the lakes and rivers and enjoying the beauty the province has to offer.
 
In the last ten years, I have not been happy with the direction which wildlife management and the management of other resources in this province. Things need to change and in order for change, there needs to be a huge turnaround; awareness has to be raised. Wildlife management is no place for politics. I believe wildlife management needs to be based on sound science. People need to be educated properly and unbiased. People need to be actively involved more than ever to face what we are up against. Our hunting and outdoors heritage are also under constant attack. I belive that we as hunters have to be united more than ever before, put aside some of our differences, and I strongly believe we have to be proactive to address these issues and make positive changes. The entire hunting community, as a whole, needs to come together for a common cause – to help make things better for the wildlife and habitats we all enjoy so much, which in turn, will make things better for us all. It has always been a goal of mine to become active in ways I can give back through boots on the ground conservation and volunteering and have been inspired throughout my life by a few great organizations.  I learned a bit about SCI few years ago and I had read about and heard of Hunters For BC Interior Chapter SCI and realized the like-mindedness of the the people involved.  In joining, I have become a proud member where we can advocate and work together on getting things to turn around for the better in this province.

MIKE STROMGREN

Director

I’m born and raised in BC, originally from the lower mainland but moved to Fort st John in 2009 when I was 20.

I grew up hunting, fishing with my brother, dad, uncles and grandpa. Spent many weekends camping with family and scouting. As an adult I have kept with the outdoor lifestyle, hunting and hiking every chance I get. I’ve worked the oil patch and construction industries since moving north with the last 8 years as a crane operator allowing me to see much of the northeast of BC and all the wildlife we are lucky enough to still have up here! I am also a volunteer firefighter in a community just outside of Fort St John.

MIKE GILSON

Director

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DARRELL SHIELS

Director

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