Comox Sitka Spruce
Early Years Program
Manager & Nature Educator
My upbringing includes Merville (CV), Nelson (the Kootenays), Kuwait & Shanghai (China) only to return to Canada for my undergrad in Halifax where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (NSCAD University). From there I plunged back into the free-form learning curriculum that is called life and I found nature on a whole deeper level. Tree-planting for 8 seasons gave me an immense amount of self-confidence to be in nature on my own. Mother Nature has continued to teach me through rock climbing, cold immersion, thru-hiking, backcountry exploring and simply just being silent in these spaces.
I taught a season of XC Skiing to children up at Mt. Washington before starting up the Comox 2 location in 2019. I am inspired by both the Reggio Emilia Approach and Waldorf styles of teaching. Having a sense of curiosity with a healthy dose of silliness is often how I try and arrive for our forest friends. How I want to give back is through opening up our children’s eyes to the wonder of our backyards. I believe in order to preserve and protect our ecosystems we have to teach and encourage people to become stewards of the land; and what better way than through play! In addition, nature grounds us and gives us the space to learn to take those deep breaths, self-regulate and develop empathy for those around us.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder