EEPSA is a volunteer organization.
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 our President, Jonathan Dyck, if you would like information or to discuss opportunities to participate.
Current Executive & Advisory Roles
After living and teaching in Surrey and Langley for 15 years, Jonathan and his family decided to move to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. He is currently teaching French Immersion and ELL at the local secondary school, and enjoys hiking and paddling and spending time by the ocean.
He holds undergraduate degrees in English literature and education, and a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, with a focus on ecological education. He endeavours to teach English and other subjects from a place-based approach, and loves what happens when he takes his students outside!
Jonathan has facilitated many workshops for EEPSA and the BCTF, on topics such as language arts education, Aboriginal education, place-based learning, social media, anti-racism, and the new curriculum. He appreciates the many layers and facets of the BCTF, and is known to get excited about politics. 🙂
Nick is a teacher who lives, works and adventures on the shores of the Salish Sea. He teaches social studies and outdoor education with the Vancouver School Board’s TREK Outdoor Education Program. He worked as a coordinator for seven summers with the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership.
For thirteen spring and fall seasons, he taught in the outdoor classroom of Howe Sound with Sea to Sky Outdoor School for Sustainability Education, where he was a Program Director and well known for his bioregional comedy routines. He has spent a total of six months as the Ecoguardian on Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.
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. Donna’s 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 EEPSA secretary for the past nine years.
Donna has been a teacher for over 15 years, encouraging her students to connect with their environment through place-based learning experiences. She has initiated various “green” related projects with her students and recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Nature and Place-based Learning through SFU.
In her spare time, she enjoys paddling, photography, hiking, gardening and spending time with her daughters.
Colin is deeply passionate about nature, education and their interconnected worlds. He completed his undergraduate education and PDP at SFU in 2011 through the SEEDs (Sustainable Education in an Environment of Diversity) module and his masters degree in Science Education at UBC in 2016. He now is a teacher and the science department head at a public school in Vancouver.
Prior to teaching, he worked as a land conservation supervisor for The Nature Trust of BC in both the Lower Mainland and Okanagan. His adventures of choice include trail running, skiing, hiking, camping and fishing.
Laura was born and raised in the Kootenays and currently lives in Rossland BC. She loves the outdoors and can usually be found hiking, biking, canoeing or snowboarding with her family.
She is the membership chair of EEPSA and the president of her local chapter, The Kootenay Columbia Environmental Educators. Laura is the Outdoor Classroom and grade 4 teacher at Rossland Summit School and is passionate about ecological justice education.
Megan is a mom, teacher, master gardener, and nature play enthusiast who spends her downtime with her family hiking, boating and skiing. She is a K-7 educator with over 25 years of classroom experience who re-imagined the prep role at her public school and turned it into her dream job of teaching all day in an outdoor and garden classroom! Megan is an advocate for taking children outdoors in all kinds of weather to learn, play, and grow.
She believes just about anything can be taught in a school garden, and that class time spent in nature develops empathy, resiliency, and self-regulated learning. Megan is concurrently completing her PhD at UBC in curriculum & pedagogy. Her research interests include developing professional learning communities with in-service teachers to bridge emerging theories with teaching practices that include unstructured outdoor play as a pedagogical approach.
Professional Development Co-Chairs
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.
Karen has been teaching for over 20 years in the Coast Mountains School District where she loves to explore the mountains and ocean. She’s recently joined Terrace’s Search and Rescue Team and is taking extensive training through the Justice Institute. Karen has a post-degree diploma in Adventure Education and is a certified Outdoor Council of Canada field leader in hiking.
Karen has a Bachelor of Education (French) from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from UNBC. She’s passionate about teaching in the outdoors and supporting teacher mentorship and collaboration. Karen facilitates teacher workshops on a variety of topics and is excited to be a part of EEPSA as the Professional Development Co-Chair.
Members at Large
Frances started her career as a place based educator working as a summer naturalist at the Scout Island Nature Centre in Williams Lake, B.C. Her path has taken her from this first step to Parks Canada, MetroVancouver Parks, BC Parks and then back to her hometown where she teaches in School District #27. Here she teaches Grade 7 in an outdoor, place-based focused program at Columneetza Secondary School.
She is especially interested in how place based learning can support truth and reconciliation by build bridges between the many different people in a region as well as with the land that supports them.
Frances has a Bachelors degree in Environment Science from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Masters Degree in Counselling from UNBC. Although this time learning in academic settings has been influential to how she approaches education, her most cherished teachings and personal foundation come from free time spent exploring outside in the forests, pastures and swamps around her childhood homes.
Teresa is a teacher educator with the Education for Sustainability Cohort at UBC’s Teacher Education Program. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University and specializes in curriculum integration. Teresa brings with her a solid background in outdoor, place-based, and community-connected learning. 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 opportunities.
Teresa deeply values the opportunity to learn, live and play on the traditional territory of the Sk?wx?wú7mesh Úxumixw. Her childhood experiences exploring the temperate rainforest and waters of A?tl’ka7tsem / Howe Sound continue to inspire her work today.
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.
Sylvie de Grandpré
Sylvie learned about ecology and birdwatching on a beautiful mountain in Quebec. Coming to BC was her dream, she’s been here 30 years already! She has taught in French Immersion and English programs, K-9. She is currently working with the East Kootenay Teaching Education Program (EKTEP-UVic), and also does mentoring work with UVic. Throughout her career she has facilitated numerous workshops relating to her many passions (art-infused curriculum, group processes, project-based learning, teaching French, assessment, environmental/outdoor education) and continuously hopes her contributions are useful. She likes to learn and create with colleagues.
She grew up near Montréal and is as comfortable walking city blocks as she is hiking and being in the forest. She also has a childhood filled with excursions along beaches in the Maritimes! Sylvie is mom to two very outdoorsy kids. She kayaks, snowboards, snowshoes, creates, plays with photography and loves chocolate (but can’t eat much of it!).
Her university life has taken her from Université de Montréal, to SFU, to the University of Lethbridge where she graduated with a Master’s degree and is currently completing her PhD. Her doctoral work is connected to how Indigenous Knowledge, Land, and more-than-humans, inform educators’ personal and professional selves, and contribute to embedding the First Peoples Principles of Learning into practice. She is very excited to be joining such a stellar group of educators, she values connections and learning!
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. As president of EEPSA, she worked 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 endeavour to spend every single night of their summer holidays out in a tent.
Advisory Committee Liaison Positions
Duncan Whittick, CBEEN
Monica Nissen, CBEEN and KBEE
Patrick Robertson, UBC