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Emma Bugg

Emma Bugg

Member-at-large

Emma is a student at the University of Saskatchewan completing her final year of an International Studies degree with a minor in Political Studies. She has always had a great love for the environment and for getting outside to play and move. Emma grew up canoeing and hiking and both of...
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Sean Brandt

Sean Brandt

Acting President

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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Aron Knudson

Aron Knudson

Member-at-large

Aron is an extremely passionate person when it comes to spending time outdoors. As a physical education teacher in the Saskatoon Public School Division, Aron has spent the past three years teaching Outdoor Education to grade 11 and 12 students. He sees the tremendous benefits of...
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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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Stephen Froese

Stephen Froese

Member-at-large

Stephen is an alternative education teacher in Estevan for the SouthEast Cornerstone Public School Division where he teaches at risk youth at the secondary level.  Stephen grew up on the Niagara River at Queenston, Ontario, where the portage begins to by-pass Niagara Falls and...
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Christine Thompson

Christine Thompson

General Manager (Term)

Christine has 18 years of experience in the community service sector in roles ranging from program delivery to senior leadership. She has extensive experience planning, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs and strongly values collaborative, community...
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Danica Lorer

Danica Lorer

Heritage Research Project Manager

Danica Lorer's last name lives in the word explorer. She has always lived in Saskatchewan, where she finds adventure in fields, forests, riverbanks, cities, small towns and libraries.Over the past 17 years as a professional storyteller, Danica's favourite listeners and...
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Leah Japp

Leah Japp

General Manager (currently on maternity leave)

Leah lives on an acreage near Craven with her husband and two small children. Leah has a background and training in outdoor and environmental education. Her family enjoys acreage life, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, geocaching, canoeing, gardening, running,...
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Karen McIver

Karen McIver

Treasurer

Karen currently teaches at an alternative high school in Regina called Victoria Campus. She has experience teaching in integrated education programs including an outdoor program called Trek School. She has a Masters of Educational Foundations degree with a thesis titled "Places of...
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Rod Figueroa

Rod Figueroa

Past-President

Rod Figueroa emigrated from Chile when he was 7 years old and has lived most of his life in Saskatoon. He is an elementary school teacher who enjoys taking his students on field trips. He is passionate about promoting environmental awareness and encourages his students to be more...
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Crystal Palmer

Crystal Palmer

Project Director

Crystal grew up in the forest fringe near Carrot River, Sask. This life-long nature lover now lives in Regina where she works in corporate communications. She loves spending time in the great outdoors and being an activist in her community. Outdoors you will find her camping, fishing,...
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Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore

Member at Large

Jeff is an instructor at the Greenall Outdoor School in Balgonie and a proud father of 2. Jeff loves to snowshoe and ski in the winter and hike and canoe in the summer. He is a firm believer that outdoor education is the most powerful way to promote environmental awareness. Jeff is very...
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Merrissa Karmark

Merrissa Karmark

Member at Large

Merrissa Karmark lives in the prairie parkland, where she works as a substitute teacher for Horizon School Division. In the summer months, she plans and plants gardens with family and friends here at home. In the winter, she and her husband head to Nicaragua where they work with a local...
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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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