FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Kylah Bryde has rejoined the City of Fort St. John as the aquatics manager and emergency support services (ESS) director. 

Bryde began working with the City of Fort St. John in December 2014 as the community development coordinator.

She shifted soon after that to recreation manager in February 2015 where she grew the recreation team by offering diverse programs and events crafted to meet the needs of the community. She helped run major speedskating events while there, as well as the B.C. Winter Games. 

In 2015, Bryde took on a leading role in emergency support services and assisted evacuees from neighbouring communities fleeing fires and landslides.

She then transferred to the parks and grounds department, where she completed a turf science certificate to help improve the department’s sports field management. 

With a background in tourism and outdoor recreation, financial management, and health and safety, Bryde has a wide range of skills and experience important to her new role.

She also holds a bachelor’s degree in tourism business management, a diploma in outdoor recreation, and an emergency management certificate. 

Last summer, Bryde accepted a senior management position with the regional district in Sooke, B.C. on Vancouver Island. This summer, she is returning to operate the North Peace Leisure Pool and to act as the ESS director should an emergency arise. 

During her introduction to the city council on May 9th, she spoke on her return to the city with a smile.

“I’m glad to be back,” she said. “Fort St. John’s home.”

Grace Giesbrecht

Grace Giesbrecht is a news reporter for who recently graduated from Trinity Western University with a bachelor of arts in Media + Communications. She was born and raised just outside of Fort St. John. She began reporting for her university’s student newspaper and interned with Ottawa Life Magazine where she developed a passion for asking questions, telling stories, and the written word. In her free time, you can find her drinking coffee, snowboarding, or reading novels.