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Jason Efford

Executive Chef

Jason was born and raised on Vancouver Island. With a love for the outdoors and passion for all the West Coast of BC has to offer, he finds after working in many parts of the province the pull to Northern BC each winter gets stronger and stronger. This will be his fifth season at Northern Escape Heli Skiing and he can not wait for the first snow fall of the season and the great people that are drawn to it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:28

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Paul Beggs

Head Chef Pioneer Lodge

Paul's first love and focus is his six-month-old son Eli. Coming in a close second is cooking! He is relocating to Terrace as his fiancé grew up here and has family and fond memories in Terrace. He has been cooking professionally for close to 15 years now and is still obsessed with what he does. Other interests include rugby, (he played semi pro for a couple of years), boxing, wrestling, improv comedy (he performed for a couple of years), target shooting, painting and drawing (he attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design), and of course cooking!


Chef Paul Beggs lives and works year round in Terrace B.C. at the Pioneer fishing lodge. Some of this award winning chefs highlights include the culinary arts award for academic achievement VIU 2006, bite of Nanaimo- best seafood dish 2008, bite of Nanaimo- best appetizer dish 2008, voted top ten new restaurants in Canada Prime steakhouse 2010, best of Victoria- best seafood restaurant Pescatores 2012, best of Victoria- best seafood restaurant Pescatores 2013, and most recently nominated for the Terrace chamber of commerce excellence in business award for tourism Pioneer fishing lodge 2014. This is Pauls’ second year with NEH and he looks forward to cooking for you.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:17

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Evan Boland

Bar Manager

Evan was born in Sydney Australia. After competing his training as a Chef he spent several years travelling and working throughout Europe before meeting and marrying his wife Kirsti.


Evan arrived in B.C. Canada in 2005, 3 days after his wedding, on his honeymoon and did not take long to fall in love with Canada and the West Coast lifestyle.


Over the past 9 years in Canada, he has worked in a backcountry lodge in Whistler catering to cross country skiers and ski touring guests, a snowmobile lodge in Revelstoke and now comes up North to be part of the Northern Escape Heli Team. Evan enjoys any sport involving the mountains in both winter and summer.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:13

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Kirsti Leppanen


Kirsti was born in Sydney Australia. After spending several years working in administration roles she decided to travel to Europe and soon realised she enjoyed working in the hospitality industry. She developed her hospitality skills working in Europe, including working in a Chalet in Chamonix, France and as a stewardess aboard a luxury motor yacht in the Mediterranean.


After marrying her husband Evan and coming to Canada on their honeymoon she fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle of BC.


Kirsti has worked alongside Evan for the past 9 years in various lodges in BC and is looking forward to doing it again at Northern Escape Heli Skiing. Kirsti enjoys trying all the activities that BC has to offer in both summer and winter.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 12:52

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Kassandra Davis

Breakfast Chef

Kassandra took her formal culinary arts training at Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island, and she makes creating with food a lifelong pursuit of love.   She grew up on the sunshine coast, and in the last few years has spent most of her time cooking, travelling and playing with snowboards in the kootenays. Nothing tickles her fancy more than bluebird days and deep powder and she looks forward to spending the winter in terrace to ride it out! She loves the outdoors and has great interest in her current studies herbal medicine and Permaculture. Needless to say, most of her life still revolves around her love for food and sharing that with her guests.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:28

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Lee-Anne Critchley

Breakfast Server

Lee-Anne is an easy going northern girl, born and raised in Terrace. She loves the fresh snow fresh air and mountains up here. She loves to rip on her snowboard, mountain bike and wakeboard. Loves fishing and even shoots archery for fun. This will be Lee-Anne's second winter with Northern Escape Heli Skiing and she's looking forward to another great winter!

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:12

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Larissa Dombrowski

Breakfast Server

Larissa is born and raised in Victoria BC, where she grew up outdoors in nature hiking, biking and camping on Vancouver Island. The early years were spent tree planting up and down the BC Coast while wintering in Whistler BC and the South Chilcotin Mtns. Eventually the call of The North came where today Larissa spends her time between Haida Gwaii, Wales Island in the the summer at a Fishing Lodge and Northern Escape for the winters. In her spare time Larissa enjoys travelling, photography, art, culture and living a simple life in the elements of nature.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:13

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Heather Park

Massage Practitioner

Originally from North Vancouver, Heather has always enjoyed all that the mountains have to offer. Skiing, biking, hiking, she's always keen to travel to new places, for new experiences. Heather has practiced massage since 2007 and finds it to be a perfect compliment to her adventure lifestyle.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:14

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