Born and raised in British Columbia, Errin has spent a lot of time outdoors adventuring and has experienced a range of careers. During her early years, her family spent every weekend over the winter on the ski hill on the Freestyle team and the rest of the weekends out camping, hiking and canoeing.
Determined to be in any field that was not forestry, Errin enrolled in the inaugural year of the University of Northern British Columbia in the Environmental Planning BSc program. During her time here, she initiated a passion for search and rescue and all the training it had to offer including technical rope work and swift water classes. She also joined the ski patrol. Her interests in kayaking, climbing, caving and skiing competed for priorities with the deadlines for writing papers, lab reports and preparing for presentations and exams and finally six years later she finished her program.
As with any new graduate, she found it hard to break into her field and continued to work for forestry companies and started her own mapping company. In conjunction with the mapping she also started a whitewater kayaking school. Thinking she had to look more appealing as a Planning candidate to escape the forestry industry she took the Real Estate Trading and Sub-Mortgage Broker courses at the University of British Columbia and became a realtor. She began volunteering at the City of Quesnel with the Museum and Heritage Commission and the Emergency Social Services Program. Eventually, the City of Quesnel saw potential in her and created a position for her in the Building and Development Department. Her proudest achievements in that position were leading the review of the Official Community Plan and making bicycle racks mandatory in new developments, designing and implementing the outdoor cafe bylaw, obtaining grants for bike paths and creating a new zone to allow for the construction of an assisted living facility.
Since then, she has held planning positions in the City of Rifle and the City of Aspen, implementing and enforcing ordinances, assisting the public with land use processes and development projects, analyzing and evaluating development applications to provide direction to Councils and Planning Commissions. While she was in Rifle, she met the man she now calls her husband when she was lost for a search and rescue meeting. When the economy down turned, they used it as an opportunity to combine travel with work. They lived in Oregon, Alaska and Washington and worked for the Klamath and Makah Tribes. He worked as a dentist and she continued work in community development. She found that system different than a general public municipality. Instead of coordinating processes you act as the government, the developer, the planner, the grant writer and the general contractor. During that time she designed and implemented a low income housing program, coordinated the construction of homes, a community center, a child care center and ran the water system. The most memorable project was a beach house structure that was designed with the same architectural dimensions as a traditional long house but was fused into a display of art including log columns carved into totem poles. Working with the artists was amazing.
Three years ago Errin's husband decided it was time to move back to Colorado. They found a dental practice in Cortez and made the area home with their three dogs. A year later, they acquired the practice next door and combined them to offer dental care to Montezuma County and the surrounding area. Errin took over as the Business Administrator and takes care of the logistics of running the practice. They love the area and have enthusiasm for photography, exploring trails, canyons, rivers and ruins.
Errin continues to serve volunteer groups like the Onward! Legacy Foundation and the Montezuma County Sheriff's Office United Search and Rescue team as the training officer. She stated, "I'm excited to be on the board at Onward! because I believe the Foundation provides a tremendous service to the area, especially the non-profits, administering scholarships and providing education. I am excited to provide my skills to Onward! A Legacy Foundation and to provide input on fund management, scholarships, fundraising and fiscal sponsorship."