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Terracentric prides itself in having a highly trained staff team that works effectively to bring you the best possible experience. Each guide and/or facilitator brings a unique background and exceptional skill set to their work. All have Wilderness First Aid certification, and have a wide range of other certificates, skills and experiences that make them the best in their field. All of our staff are chosen for their passion and love of sharing, educating, empowering and exciting clients in the environment that is their back yard.

 

HUGH PRICHARD, Founding Director
From the jungles of South America to the Canadian Arctic, Hugh has been designing and delivering adventure learning programs and leading wilderness based programs since 1987. Specializing in designing dynamic adventure based programs for a variety of clients, Hugh has excellent leadership, instructional, facilitation and counseling skills.
 
Hugh is a dedicated and passionate Outdoor Educator and Facilitator. Using a range of activities, challenges and games, Hugh weaves together innovative programs that challenge all participants to push themselves to new heights of their potential. Whether working with high school students, groups of professionals or adventure travelers, Hugh's animated techniques have inspired many to step into the picture and be the change they want to see.
 
 
Formally educated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Concordia University in Montreal Hugh possesses a broad range of relevant certificates and skill qualifications.  These include: Advanced Wilderness First Responder, Paddle Canada Level II Certified Sea Kayak Guide and Canoe Instructor, Marine Emergency Duties , Coastal Kayak Leadership and Outdoor Recreation Safety Certification. Other certified training  includes Life Space Crisis Intervention (Reclaiming Youth International Foundation), Adventure Based Learning with Youth (Justice Institute of BC), coaching, counseling and facilitation training from schools such as Project Adventure and Concordia College. As Executive Director Hugh takes the lead role in designing and overseeing the delivery of our workshops and full-time programs for recreational, educational, organizational and therapeutic clients. 
 
In his spare time, Hugh manages to continue pursuing his love of and talents in art and music and often uses these mediums in his work with groups today. Together Hugh and Christine continue the ultimate life adventure as their son Kiran grows. 

 

CHRISTINE HOLLMANN, Executive Director, Guide and Faciliator
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 1990. 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, 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 having lead many overnight sea kayak trips over the past ten years.
 
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. After university, she spent two years traveling as both student and staff with the international youth organization “Up With People” . Based on an experiential model of learning, she gained valuable facilitation, workshop presentation, counseling and group management skills. Christine also returned to the organizations headquarters in Colorado for two years to assist with staff training programs.
 
Christine is a founding Director of Terracentric and continues to deliver front-line programming as well as providing general business management and support.
  
 

JAN ROEMER, Guide Extraordinaire

 

 

 

SEBASTIEN "Caribou" CHARET, Sea Kayak Guide, Rentals, Very Cool Person

 
Born in the rugged North, Central region of BC, Seb 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.  Ten years later he moved to Lund to pursue his passion for the outdoors and adventure, while also landing a dream job at Terracentric.
 
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.
 
  
SAMANTHA GARSTANG, Guest Facilitator
Samantha Garstang has been working with all ages in the field of Outdoor Recreation, Experiential Education, and Adventure Based Learning for 15 years. Her focus is on helping people to develop leadership, communication and team building skills. This is accomplished by carefully integrating the natural environment and the awareness of self and others with the use of a progression of activities that, when reflected on, act as metaphors in everyday life.She teaches in both English and French.
 
Samantha holds a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management from Capilano College, a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr, and is currently a pre-service teacher in the PDP program at Vancouver Island University. She is a Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor, holds an OFA level 3 certificate, is an Advanced Wilderness First Responder, Sea Kayak Guide and Canoe Instructor, as well as a swimming Instructor/Lifeguard.
 
Samantha has worked in many settings, including leading summer camp programs, school groups at outdoor centres, with youth experiencing barriers, adjudicated youth, and facilitating professional development and training workshops for teachers/administrators and First Nations groups.
 
Her passion is awakening the magic that exists in us when we experience growth and change. Samantha brings strong leadership and creativity to our facilitation and instructional team. Her area of focus with Terracentric has been leading our French language Challenge Ropes Course Programs since 2003.
 
 

SOPHIE AUDET, Guest Facilitator & Guide - French & English

 Sophie grew up in a small town in Quebec. During her first visit in  Powell River in 2006 as a volunteer outdoor guide, she fell in love  with the spirit around this small coastal town. It would have been  crazy if she didn't come back and that’s what happened in 2009. 
 
 Sophie has a diploma in Physical Rehabilitation. She also is a  Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor, Advanced Wilderness  First Responder, sea kayak guide, Top Rope rock climbing  instructor, Red Cross water safety instructor and a lifeguard.  She has a passion for cooking, even more with kids and even more outside! Sophie has Food Safe qualification and has built an outdoor cooking program for tour groups.  
 
She has been working in Outdoor Education since 2009 and she is more passionate about her work each day.  There’s nothing more rewarding than take part in the journey of these students and see them grow up. Sophie participated at the creation of many team building and leadership programs for grades 7 to 12. She defines team building as a way to learn to live with others through games and to instill good values while having fun. It’s a privilege to be able to take part of it. 
 
JEAN-FRANCOIS LA CROIX, Guest Facilitator & Guide - French & English
 Jean-Francois is an open minded, passionate and  energetic adventure leader.  
 
 Jean-Francois spent most of his life in a small town called  Lac-Etchemin in Quebec.  His love for the outdoors grew  while he was travelling through the U.S. National Parks.  When Jean-Francois first arrived in Powell River, he was  stunned by the playground that was offered to him. He then  decided to go deeper in learning outdoor activities. Being  a certified sea kayak guide (Level 1) and a rock climbing  Instructor, Jean-Francois has been sharing his passion  with participants since 2009. 
 
 Jean-Francois studied Physical Therapy in College  François-Xavier Garneau in Québec and worked as a  personal trainer for four years. Ever since he was a  teenager, he had an interest in technology and his interest  brought him to become responsible for the renewal of the gear for his last employer, Centre for Leadership and Adventure in Nature. 
 
In the low-seasons, Jean-Francois seeks adventure in foreign countries or looks for the comfort of home in Quebec. Wheter it is in Asia or in Quebec, Jean-Francois tries his best to take everything he can from every situation. 
 
 

 

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