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Rachel Mackenzie

Rachel Mackenzie

Communication Coordinator

Rachel grew up on the coast on Vancouver Island. Despite her love of moss and arbutus trees, Rachel relocated to Saskatoon last year and is enthusiastically embracing grassland topography and four-season life. Her outdoor goals for 2020 are to learn to identify 15 native prairie...
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Desiree Hortness

Desiree Hortness

Member at large

Desirée was born and raised in Saskatchewan and currently resides in Warman with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, especially seeing the natural wonder and play of her children in the prairie setting. Desirée feels being...
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Derek Hyland

Derek Hyland

Member at large

Growing up in Saskatoon, Derek has been involved in the outdoors since his early years in Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. This, along with outdoor ed clubs in elementary and high school spurred a love of camping, canoeing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and all things...
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Mike Prebble

Mike Prebble

Member at Large

Mike works as an educator with the Saskatoon Public School Division where he instructs the Off the Grid environmental program out of Tommy Douglas Collegiate (TDC). The program is centered around equipping youth with the abilities and confidence to combat climate change and...
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Denise Skuce

Denise Skuce

Treasurer

Denise is an avid outdoor play advocate. She is presently the East Side Director for Tykes and Tots Early Learning Centre inc. Denise fundamentally believes that children do best when they are outside playing and exploring. Connecting children to nature and nature to children is just...
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Rebecca Klapwyk

Program Director

Rebecca currently works for Healthy Start, a bilingual initiative that promotes physical activity and healthy eating in the early years. As an implementation coordinator she facilitates professional development training for Saskatchewan educators and teachers in the early...
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Heather Maurer

Heather Maurer

Vice President

Heather is, first and foremost, a lover of learning. She has expanded this passion to Outdoor Education in her role as an Outdoor School teacher at Greenall High School. Heather grew up spending time outdoors in Manitoba and has come to love Saskatchewan equally as much. She, her...
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Aditi Garg

Aditi Garg

Past President

Aditi teaches high school math in French immersion and is passionate about youth engagement with nature in any subject. She is involved with the City of Saskatoon’s Environmental Advisory Committee and is a strong supporter of maintaining Saskatoon’s river valley as an...
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Sean Brandt

Sean Brandt

Member at large

Sean works as an outdoor educator for the Prairie Spirit School Division in Warman, SK. where he delivers a course that focuses on environmental science and sustainability with an emphasis on developing a relationship to, and appreciation for the land.  Sean is also one of the...
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Taniya Heuchert

Taniya Heuchert

Member-at-large

Taniya teaches in the Regina Public School system and brings her enthusiasm for the outdoors into the classroom regularly. She is a true student of nature, soaking in every experience that she can while connecting further to the world around her. Taniya seizes each and every...
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Leah Japp

Leah Japp

General Manager

Leah lives on an small farm near Bethune with her husband and three children. Leah has a background and training in outdoor and environmental education. Her family enjoys country life, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking,...
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Merrissa Karmark

Merrissa Karmark

President

Merrissa Karmark lives in the prairie parkland, where she works as a middle school teacher for Horizon School Division. In the summer months, she plans and plants gardens with family and friends here at home and she is just beginning the Prairie Horticulture Certificate at U of S. She is...
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Andrea Nelson

Andrea Nelson

Member at Large

Sprouting on the prairies and taking root in the boreal forest, Andrea is most alive when she’s outside. As an outdoor guide, canoeing instructor, musher, and interpreter, her real passion is facilitating meaningful nature-based experiences for all ages -- kindling wonder,...
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