Jay Wade is an experienced outdoor educator, researcher, and naturalist through and through. Growing up in Ontario, Jay spent his childhood summers tromping along the river at his grandparent's farm. Nature has always been a thread running through Jay's life and after leaving university with an Environmental Studies and Biology degree he traveled the continent studying birds and mammals in such places as Alaska and the Yukon. Discovering his second passion - engaging youth - Jay has gone on to have great experiences working as an Environmental Educator for the Toronto District School Board and Senior Park Interpreter for Point Pelee National Park of Canada.
Since his recent move to beautiful British Columbia, Jay has been excited to work with WildED and helps create the space for youth to explore, and be in, nature. When not being inspired by students in the outdoors, you can find Jay backcountry camping, birding, or working on some of the many primitive living skills that encourage him to lead a more sustainable life.
Nick Townley is an avid adventurer, educator and sustainability crusader. He feeds his sense of wonder by self-propelling through the magnificent rivers, lakes, oceans and wild spaces of Earth Island. He graduated from the University of King's College with a BA in Classics and Otago University with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and is a BC certified teacher.
In 2005, Nick volunteered with the Otesha Project Coast2Coast Bicycle Tour. For five and half months Nick bicycled and lived communally with a group of 15 other youth. They bicycled 8,500 kilometres, from Vancouver to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and presented environmental and social justice workshops to over 10,000 people of all ages. In the summer of 2009, Nick spent six weeks braving the rain and black flies of Northern Ontario, canoeing from Sioux Lookout to Hudson Bay.
Sheena Careless is a native Sunshine Coaster having spent much of her childhood exploring the precious wild spaces of British Columbia and beyond. Out of this has come a passion for the conservation of this province's spectacular wilderness endowment.
Sheena is a University of Victoria graduate in Geography and a Queen's graduate in Education. She is a high energy, all-weather educator with a twinkle in her eye, at least four funny bones in her body, and a lightness and a laughter that ripples out to all in her company.
Elisa Lee shared her childhood with the amazing salmon, moose and grizzly bears of northwestern British Columbia. This early exposure helped her develop a fascination for the interdependence of all things big and small. Like the mighty salmon Elisa migrated far from home. She completed degrees in Education, Biology and English Literature in Ontario, and eventually spanned the globe. After many adventures abroad, she felt the instinctual pull to make the long journey back to BC where she now shares the wonder and magic of our Coastal Rainforest with students.
In Vancouver, Elisa is always eager to share good food with friends and will happily engage in several languages. She loves experimenting in the kitchen, playing the piano to her compost worms and dreaming of her return to the north coast to meet the spirit bear.
Allison Prime is a certified BC teacher and experienced outdoor educator dedicated to using the outdoor classroom to foster self-confidence in students, as well as a love for each other and the earth. She migrated to the West Coast from Ontario where she spent her childhood summers paddling on the lakes of Algonquin Park. Allison graduated with a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University and completed her teaching degree in the Outdoor Experiential and Ecological Education program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.
Since arriving on the West Coast, Allison has focused on enabling students to make connections between their choices and how they affect the ecological systems that support life on this planet. In addition to her numerous volunteer pursuits working with young people, Allison spends her free time singing, playing the guitar and exploring local forests.
Damien McCombs is an educator and adventurer who grew up on the edge of Sasquatch Provincial Park. His childhood was spent enveloped and dazzled by huckleberries, fawns, and the miracles of nature. His connection with the wonders of the natural world inspired him to travel all over British Columbia, Western United States, Australia, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. On one adventure, he hiked along the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains for 100 days! Like the glaciated headwaters of Fraser River (and so many other rivers), he has flowed back to the Pacific Ocean with a wealth of incredible experiences and stories.
Damien is an experienced backcountry guide, artist (B.A. STAR, University of British Columbia), and youth instructor. He is perpetually excited to facilitate young people to become inspired, passionate, and engaged. This has meant instructing everything from environmental leadership, ethics, hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, sustainability education, and even stilt building. If you spot him in his natural habitat, the cliff faces and alpine lakes of BC's Coast Mountains, ask him about the Sasquatch...
Nathan and Students Mt. Seymour class.
"I liked the fact that you knew so much about the wilderness and the things that are in it and that live in it. I also enjoyed all of the things in the slide show like the animals and the mountains and all of the things that live in the water in the sea. I learned a new game and some other things from the slide show. Thank you for a great day!"
Samantha, Grade 4