In 2017 we are pleased to have a great staff team, that represents over 100 years combined experience in tourism, guiding and hospitality industry. We have more team members who work with us on a seasonal part time basis. Join us and experience our passion for our work and this place we call home!
Hugh Prichard, Founder, Executive Director
From the jungles of South America to the high Arctic, Hugh has been designing and delivering adventure learning programs and leading wilderness based programs since 1987.
From early adventures in the wild lands of northern Ontario to present day work connecting people with nature, Hugh is a passionate and skilled outdoor educator and facilitator.
Specializing in building dynamic adventure based programs for people of all backgrounds and abilities, Hugh has excellent instructional, facilitation and counselling skills. His programs build safe containers where people can get real and discover the power in their nature. Focussed on top-notch outdoor programming that exceeds both professional and safety industry standards, Hugh uses a range of process based activities, challenges and games that support all participants to achieve new heights of potential. Whether working with public or private sector groups, therapeutic clients, school students, executives or adventure travellers Hugh’s animated techniques have inspired many to step into the picture and be the change they want to see.
"Our two days of kayaking with Hugh Prichard was truly the highlight of our trip to British Columbia….we have kayaked in many places - among them Acadia National Park in Maine, Lustrafjord in Norway, and the Sea of Cortez. Hugh is without a doubt the best guide we have had in all our travels. We were delighted with the depth of his knowledge of local history and First Nations culture, the economy and environment - not to mention his skill as a kayaking coach. Even a day of rain could not diminish the experience!"
Erik and Carol Natwig, – California State
As Terracentrics’ co founder and Executive Director, Hugh is a committed champion of Adventure Learning and Ecological Education and conservation. Outside of work Hugh enjoys paddling trips of all varieties, exploring the coast with partner Christine and their son Kiran and making various forms of art. Hugh takes the lead role in managing Special Projects and overseeing the delivery of programs in all areas including Recreation Sites and Trails Maintenance and Construction.
Christine Hollmann, Founder, Director of Operations
Christine is an outstanding adventure leader and educator who has worked in international youth development and adventure tourism as facilitator, guide, tours and programs director and manager since the mid 90’s. Christine is a creative and resourceful program planner with talents in building unique outdoor and adventure learning environments for people from all walks of life. Her adventure based workshops for students in alternate school settings have earned her a solid reputation as a leader in out-of-the box learning.
With a BA in Psychology from UBC and a recently completed B. Ed /Teacher Certification from SFU, Christine brings a strong human relations and group process aspect to our programs, along with organizational and business management skills. Other technical and process skill certificates include Wilderness First Aid, Adventure Learning with Youth, Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor and business management credentials. Christine is a highly knowledgeable about the Desolation Sound area and is particularly passionate about the indigenous history in our region.
Christine was lucky enough to grow up in Powell River, and her early adventures were outdoors with her family, whether in the garden, taking extended boat trips, searching for chanterelles, camping or hiking. Today she gets outside with her family on a regular basis, doing much of the same things she did as a child.
Christine is a founding Director of Terracentric and manages the daily operations of the business and continues to deliver front-line programming as well as mentoring for new guides.
Amy Heather, Office Manager
Amy Heather joined the Terracentric team in 2007, bringing with her a rich background in education, recreation, and community development.
She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education and Communication, an Undergraduate Degree in Canadian Studies and English Literature, and a Professional Development Certificate from SFU (teacher education program). She has spent the past 25 years honing her skills through children’s programming and instruction, public and private education instruction, recreational programming and instruction, and small group workshop facilitation.
Amy has a keen interest in supporting people to experience and understand how awe-inspiring the natural environment is, particularly the rich bio-region in which she lives. Her belief that all life is precious has inspired her to spend much of her time outdoors - hiking, paddling, sitting in the sun on the beach...whatever she can get! While most of her work time is spent in the office at Terracentric, she has been known to escape into nature to instruct an educational program every now and then!
Amy is keenly inspired by homelearning, and can also be found in her role as a Learning Consultant for homeschoolers, particularly in the Self Design Learning Foundation distance learning school.
And finally, Amy has recently begun the most awe-some adventure of her life - raising three little (crazy!) boys. She loves the energy of her little family, and is a passionate mother and educator.
Jan Roemer - Senior Guide
Jan has been guiding on British Columbia’s West Coast since 1993 with his own company as well as for others. He has hiked the entire Sunshine Coast Trail and the West Coast Trail many times and has paddled in spectacular areas on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and of course extensively in our Desolation Sound and Toba Inlet region. With his other work outside of guiding including fisheries, forestry, and Coast Guard, Jan has a wealth of knowledge about the coast and its ecosystems and is adept at sharing his deep love of this region with visitors. He is also a great cook and loves to surprise people with his culinary delights on multiday tours!
Jan lives in Powell River with his family, and is now with Terracentric full time, after working with us part time since 2005. You will find him either on the Zodiac running our boat tours, paddling on our school group and multiday trips, on the trail or building for our recreation infrastructure contracts.
Sébastien Charest - Kayak / Hiking Guide / Youth Programs
Born in the rugged north central region of BC, Sébastien developed a love for the coast at an early age. For as long as he can remember, “Seb” has been spending his downtime on his family farm in Lund hoping that one day, he could live there. As a high school student he moved to Lund to pursue his passion for the outdoors, enrolling in the local adventure tourism training program (that Terracentric started). With those introductory certifications and experiences combined with our mentorship, he is now a certified kayak guide, sharing his genuine and warm personality. His particular forte is his knowledge of what’s edible out there and you will likely come back with some interesting things to cook up.
On his days off, you will find him outside exploring, quite likely with a fishing rod and camera in hand! In the winters, Sébastien is an instructor on the slopes of some of BC’s mountains. We are thrilled to have him back again with us in 2017.
Ted Welp – Zodiac Skipper / Guide
Ted has been living and working on the British Columbia coast since 1973, and has travelled the marine highways from Victoria and Vancouver to the border with Alaska, all while working for our provincial ferry system. He was employed as deckhand/bridgewatchman as well as in various other capacities notably the engine room and as a public service representative. Since his ‘retirement’ in 2006 he has worked on other commercial ships, including tour boats in the Desolation Sound area. Ted particularly enjoys sharing his great knowledge of the history both Eurpoean and First Nations, of our area, not to mention the local flora and fauna. Also a musician, you can find him singing, with a guitar in his hand at some regular gigs in Powell River.
Working with Terracentric since 2015, Ted lives with his family in Powell River, although for a few months of the winter, he likes to escape to Mexico!
Jill Marie Bronson – Kayak Guide / Zodiac Skipper
New to the Powell River area, but not new to guiding, Jill Marie comes to us after living in Squamish for several years. Her background includes whitewater raft guiding and kayaking on rivers throughout North America, Uganda, Australia and Costa Rica. Jill Marie believes in empowering and educating our guests of all ages and abilities, and is skilled at personalizing our guests’ tour experiences. In 2017, she will be mentored by our team, in both our sea kayaking and zodiac operations. Coming from a family of outdoor enthusiasts, Jill Marie and her young family will be a great addition to our community and our team.
When she’s not working on the water, Jill Marie is an accomplished artist and mom to a 3 year old guide in training!
Kelly Von Bargen - Program Assistant / Kayak Guide
Kelly is working with Terracentric this year supporting us in our busy office as well doing some kayak guiding with us. Kelly has a strong belief in the importance of getting outdoors for us human animals as our bodies and minds need that nature for our health. She is grateful for outdoor programs that do just that, especially those that are adapted for people of all shapes, sizes and abilities and it’s one of the reasons why she enjoys working with Terracentric. An avid climber, skier, hiker and paddler, she has her Assistant Overnight Guide certification as well as her Wilderness First Aid, and VHF. She graduated in Ontario with a BSc Honours in Forestry. Her past experiences include working at youth camps, as a kayak guide and remote camp cooking and of course working in the bush using her forestry degree!
Currently she is growing a human being and getting ready for the biggest adventure of all – being a parent!