Zavallennahh (Huscroft) Young is a passionate, fun and innovative educator, musician, author, nature enthusiast, community builder and mother. She has been crying when it's time to go inside since the age of two, but once indoors has studied music from an early age and received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria in 2001. Zavallennahh ran a nature and bug club in her own backyard as a youth, and has had a life long love affair with nature (thanks to her Biologist mother). She has her level 1 training with Wilderness Outdoor Life Foundations (WOLF) on Salt Spring Island BC, and 20 years of hands-on experience with kids.
Kristina is a BC certified teacher with a passion for outdoor play, learning and wilderness travel. She recently completed her Master’s of Arts degree through the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, studying ideas around learning itself, motivation, learning in community, cultural anthropology and child development. She has seven years experience as a BC teacher with the SelfDesign Learning Community, supporting families through a personalized learning approach.
Her teaching degree includes a specialization in Geography and 'Outdoor Experiential and Ecological Education,' and she has a background as an outdoor educator and guide--canoe tripping, hiking, biking, dogsledding and exploring the wilderness with both children and adults. Growing up Kristina could be found exploring the hardwood forests around her Ontario home, soaking up everything she could learn about plants, animals and natural history.
Melissa Flint has a background in organic farming, community organisation, conservation biology, permaculture and environmental education. Melisa has love for mountain air and exploration. As an environmental consultant and botanical assistant, she spent much of her time counting grass, identifying trees and slogging through creeks, meadows and forests all across BC.
She also has a passion for connecting people to the food that they eat. She has spent time working market gardens and homesteads in Canada, Hawaii, Rwanda, Kenya and Israel. She has a diploma in Permaculture in the fields of Education, Childhood Education, Site Design and Development from the Permaculture Institute.
Melissa is currently the Creston Outdoor Educator for Wildsight and teaches a variety of hands-on, place-based programs for elementary to high school students. She is also an educator for the Columbia Basin Environmental Educators Network's Wild Voices for Kids. Melissa is the founder of Aurora Edible Designs, which offers services in design, consultation, and workshops around permaculture, sustainability, food production and community outreach.
2018-2019 Board of Directors:
Sarah Kapoor: President
Vicky Koenig: Vice-President
Tiernan McIntyre: Treasurer
Bonny Bjarnason: Chair
Lisa Ronmark: Secretary
Katie Penzer: Director