EEPSA is a volunteer organization. Get to know the EEPSA board members, and feel free to contact them regarding your environmental education interests.
Executive meetings are held approximately once every two months. EEPSA members and the general public are welcome to attend executive meetings to make presentations and to contribute to the proceedings. Please contact Selina Metcalfe if you would like further information or an opportunity to participate.
Contact Current Executive and Advisory Roles:
Selina Metcalfe, Metcalfe_s@surreyschools.ca
Selina began her education career in summer camps in the Howe Sound, teaching backcountry leadership skills to street-affected youth for the Boys and Girls Club. Since being wrangled into a classroom, she is a secondary English and Social Studies teacher in the Surrey School District. She has a passion for connecting students to the places that inform them, and aspires to use the curriculum to help students understand their relationship to the land.
Selina has a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from UBC, a Bachelor of Education from UVIC in Secondary Education and a Masters of Education in Ecological Education and Diverse Learning Environments from SFU. Selina has recently been a Faculty Associate for the SEEDs (Sustainability Education in an Environment of Diversity) module of PDP at SFU. She is currently the president of EEPSA (the Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association) for the BCTF and is working hard to establish Local Chapters of EEPSA across the province, and partner with like-minded organizations under the Classrooms to Communities professional development initiative.
Selina has delivered professional development to teachers and student teachers for the last 15 years on a wide range of topics such as Place-Based Literature, Outdoor Education, First People’s Principles of Learning, Watershed Education, Writer’s Workshop, Assessment Frameworks, Green Schoolyards and Curriculum Interpretation.
Selina and her family currently live in Burnaby and endeavor to spend every single night of their summer holidays out in a tent.
Jonathan Dyck, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Dyck is the vice-president of EEPSA and a secondary humanities teacher in Langley. He loves hiking, paddling, and camping with his kids, and he’s passionate about place-based education and politics!
Professional Development Co-Chairs
Heidi Lessman, email@example.com
Heidi is excited to join EEPSA and will be supporting Member Outreach. Heidi completed her degree in Geography and Natural Resource Management at the University of Northern BC and started her career working with BC Parks and Water Resources. She was introduced to teaching experiential, environmental and outdoor education in New Zealand and the Yukon Territory. These experiences as a teacher were transformative and she has since worked with a variety of schools and experiential education programs in BC. She was also instrumental in developing and delivering Zero Waste and Sustainability Workshops in the Squamish to Lillooet Region for several years.
Kerri Lanaway, Kerri.Lanaway@sd41.bc.ca
Kerri is an experienced outdoor educator and teaches intermediate and secondary science and outdoor education. She is a trained Wild BC facilitator and gives workshops to educators looking to take their students outside, learning in experientially rich ways. Kerri also has experience creating curriculum-linked, hands-on environmental programs.
Donna Boucher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna‘s connection to the environment started as a child growing up on her family’s farm in southwestern Ontario. Her outdoor interests guided her to a BSc degree in Biology and Anthropology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Her early career work in wildlife biology involved diverse experiences including relocating bears, wetland inventories, deer check stations, and studying moose in Algonquin Park. She also worked as a news and nature photographer completing courses at Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology.
After moving to BC, she continued her education at SFU and completed her B. Ed with an Environmental minor. She joined EEPSA at that time and has continued to be actively involved in teacher engagement /pro-d activities, as well as serving as secretary for the past five years.
Donna has been a teacher for over 10 years, encouraging her students to connect with their environment through place-based learning experiences. She implemented her school’s green team which has been recognized for its local and global initiatives and is currently involved in a school community garden program.
In her spare time, she enjoys paddling, photography, hiking, gardening and spending time with her daughters.
Yeelen Merhi, email@example.com
Yeelen is an Environmental Educator working at the Stanley Park Ecology Society and an elementary school teacher for the North Vancouver School District. Yeelen returned to Vancouver in the early spring of 2017 in order to move into practicing outdoors after working in inner city schools in east London, UK. His experience with students in a concrete jungle solidified his belief that many young students are experiencing a disconnect between their education and the environment. He believes that providing students with a positive experience in nature will help to shape environmentally conscious individuals. When he’s not at work, you might find cycling, hiking, canoeing and camping around our beautiful province.
Ryan Barfoot, Ryan.Barfoot@sd47.bc.ca
After graduating from the University of Victoria, Ryan completed his Bachelor of Education specializing in Outdoor and Experiential Learning at Queens University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum Development and Implementation at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include transformative education, contemporary Rites of Passage, place-based and ecological learning environments. Ryan has delivered education programs at the grassroots and governmental level. He has worked with Parks Canada, BC Parks, the National Forest Service (US) and the National Parks Service (US). In 2005, Ryan was part of a team who built the Outdoor & Ecological Learning department for the Powell River School District (LEAP, Coast Mountain Academy). He, his wife Karin and children Wren and River currently live in the old Townsite (Powell River) on the Sunshine Coast BC, Canada.
Nick Townley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick is a teacher who lives, works and adventures on the shores of the Salish Sea. He holds a BA in Classics from the University of King’s College, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Otago University and a Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Education from the University of British Columbia.
Nick teaches outdoor education with the TREK Outdoor Education Program at Prince of Wales Secondary, in Vancouver. He has worked with Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership as a coordinator for five years. For seven years, he taught with Sea to Sky Outdoor School for Sustainability Education, where he was a Program Director and well known for his bioregional comedy routines. In the winter of 2015, Nick spent two months on Race Rocks Ecological Reserve as the Eco Guardian.
Members at Large
Bruce Ford, Bruce.Ford@metrovancouver.org
Teresa Rowley, email@example.com
Teresa aka ‘Granite’ is an Environmental Learning teacher at the Cheakamus Centre in the North Vancouver School District (SD44). She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication, and specializes in curriculum integration. Teresa brings with her a strong background in outdoor experiential and environmental education. She has worked with a diverse group of learners in a variety of education settings beyond the classroom, including outdoor school, day and overnight camp programs, wilderness trips, local field studies, and service learning with community organizations. Prior to joining Cheakamus Centre, Teresa most recently served as the department head of the TREK Outdoor Education Program at the Vancouver Board of Education. Before that, Teresa was a teacher in the Explore program at Collingwood Independent School, camp director at Camp Madawaska, and mountaineering instructor at Outward Bound Canada. Teresa has lived in the Sea to Sky Corridor for over three decades. Her childhood experiences exploring the temperate rainforest and waters of Howe Sound continue to inspire her work today.
Dylan Rawlyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dylan has worked as an environmental educator for over a decade. He has a Plant Biology degree from UBC and a Teaching degree from SFU. His work has focused primarily in the non profit sector, throughout BC and Alberta, for such groups as RiverWatch, Gently Down the Seymour, Science World, and Evergreen. He is currently the School Programs Manager for Stanley Park Ecology Society.