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Kristen Simonson

Kristen Simonson

Member-at-Large

Kristen grew up on a mixed grain farm in the Swift Current area, and developed a love of the outdoors while spending time in the garden, in the fields, and exploring the native prairie coulees on horseback. This love of nature has led to a career in education where she currently teaches...
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Rachel Mackenzie

Rachel Mackenzie

Assistant Manager

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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Heather Maurer

Heather Maurer

President

Heather is, first and foremost, a lover of learning. She expands 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 husband, and...
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Aditi Garg

Aditi Garg

Member-at-Large

Aditi Garg is a former French immersion high school math teacher and outdoor education leader. She has volunteered with Climate Reality Canada, the City of Saskatoon's Environmental Advisory Committee, Girl Guides Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Aditi believes that...
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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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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

Past-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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