• Sheila R. Stenzel (BA, MSc, PhD Geology)

    Sheila R. Stenzel (BA, MSc, PhD Geology)


    Sheila joined MineralsEd in 1999, first as a volunteer presenter for MineralsEd's in-service workshops, then as Education Program coordinator until 2003 when she became Director. Raised in farm country, Sheila brings with her strong academic background in geosciences and teaching experience, a great appreciation for the primary resources Earth provides. She provides geology instruction at MineralsEd's teacher workshops and is involved in all other aspects of MineralsEd program development and delivery. Her long-time affiliation with the school program has built a good understanding of both the world of education and the BC broad-based mining community.

  • Virginia East (B.Sc. and Graduate Diploma)

    Virginia East (B.Sc. and Graduate Diploma)


    Virginia is new to the MineralsEd team, having begun as the Education Program Coordinator in January 2018. She is responsible for communications with teachers, schools, and districts regarding all MineralsEd programming.

    Virginia completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, a setting well known in Canada as a living laboratory of geology and mining research. Her studies integrated learning in geology, geography, and biology. Guided by her desire to be active in outreach education, Virginia continued her studies at Laurentian, completing a graduate diploma in Science Communication. Between her programs and after, she has sought out opportunities to work in environmental education and with youth in Ontario, including volunteer work with Scouts Canada, with which she remains active.

    We are happy to have her on board!