NNW Foundation was founded in 2018 by NNW Communications Founder & Principal, Cailey Murphy. Growing up, Murphy divided her time between Southside and Houston, later attending high school in Prince George. Having lived in the North, Murphy understood just how integral it is that high school students in Northern districts feel they have a supportive path to higher education. With so many opportunities all around them to attend world-class postsecondary institutions, students in the North should be given the best chance to expand their minds and change their worlds.

Now a thriving business owner, Murphy has never lost her connection to, and passion for, Northern British Columbia. With NNW Foundation, she hopes to inspire a new generation of innovative and energetic minds to find their calling.

Board of Directors

Chair: Cailey Murphy
Cailey is the Principal and Founder of NNW Communications, a full service public affairs firm based in Vancouver. Cailey attended SFU for her undergraduate degree and completed her Master’s degree at Queen’s University.

Treasurer: Dusty Chipura
Dusty was raised in Burns Lake and Prince George, BC. Graduating from Prince George Secondary School, Dusty obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC and later completed her ADHD Coach training before starting Vancouver ADHD Coaching. Dusty has worked in or with several nonprofits and charities in many capacities, including Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, Girls Rock Camp La Paz, and Vancouver Co-Op Radio.

Director at Large: Karen McAthy
Chef Karen McAthy, is founder and co-owner of Blue Heron a dairy-free, plant-based artisan cheese and foods company, and co-owner and executive chef of SOIL, Blue Heron’s sister restaurant in Vancouver, BC. Born in Alert Bay, BC and raised on the west coast, Karen is an awarding winning Chef and Author.

Director at Large: Glen Murray
Glen Murray was born and raised in the north in the town of Burns Lake, B.C.  Growing up hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring, he eventually left the north to pursue a career in engineering.  After several years working in the mining industry throughout Canada, Glen has returned to the north a resides in Williams Lake, B.C.