Our Team

We are a hardworking team that values social and ecological wellbeing, and enriching lives by building community, inspiring imaginations, and empowering individuals through lifelong learning. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for all to learn, play, and participate in outdoor recreation to practice and teach environmental responsibility.

Leah Japp

Leah Japp

General Manager

Whether at work or on the farm, Leah and her family enjoy an active life of camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, running, climbing snow hills, skating, tobogganing, playgrounds and swimming.

Megan Gurski

Megan Gurski

Outdoor Play Coordinator

Megan keeps busy on her farm and is Owner/ Operator of NW25 Outdoor Learning Co. NW25 strives to create life-long learners through engaging outdoor activities which encourage participants to utilize creativity and problem solving

Desiree Hortness

Desiree Hortness

President

Desirée was born and raised in Saskatchewan where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, especially seeing the natural wonder and play of her children in the prairie setting.

Kristen Simonson

Kristen Simonson

Vice-President

Kristen grew up in the Swift Current area, developing a love of the outdoors while spending time in the garden, fields and exploring the native prairie coulees on horseback. This has led to a career in education where she currently teaches biology, earth science, and environmental science with Chinook School Division.

Denise Skuce

Denise Skuce

Treasurer

Denise has a passion for getting children outside, connecting them to nature and connecting nature to children. She has been in the field of Early Learning for 25 years, and believes that all learning comes through play.

Aditi Garg

Aditi Garg

Member at large

Aditi is a first-generation settler with stories and memories in Treaty 1 and Treaty 6 territories. She is a former French Immersion & Math teacher, and currently an outdoor education leader. She believes that youth engagement with nature is critical for informing new policies for the environment. 

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 outdoors.

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. He spends his free time camping, biking the trails of Saskatoon, as well as coaching football and competitive high school Improv.

Sean Brant

Sean Brant

Member at large

Sean Brandt is a high school teacher and environmental enthusiast. Sean is a founding member of the premier Outdoor School program in Prairie Spirit School Division, based out of Warman High School. 

Brooklyn Berrns

Brooklyn Berrns

Member at large

Brooklyn quickly became an outdoor and environmental enthusiast at a young age and strives to connect at-risk youth with the out of doors. She has a keen interest in adventure therapy and is currently working as a Probation Officer. 

Glen Trites

Glen Trites

Member at large

Glen Trites retired from the RCMP having served for 25 years in the NWT, AB, and SK. After retirement Glen started his teaching career, first teaching in La Ronge before becoming a sessional lecturer in various teacher education programs for both the U of R and the U of S.