Earlier this month, we welcomed our newest team member Rowan Lalonde as Outdoor Educator.
A graduate from the University of Guelph Institute of Development, Rowan has
dedicated her career to being a part of youth empowerment, education, and connection to the land. With a diverse background in community-based development, Indigenous archeology, food security, sustainability, and global health, Rowan has had the privilege of working in a variety of Canadian and international contexts. Her most recent research focused on learning from Indigenous and settler communities across the Yukon territory in order to understand their community resilience and return to traditional food methods in the face of food security and climate crisis.
Rowan is driven to explore paths where she can contribute to positive impacts at the community level or spark curiosity for the world. She is an experienced thru trekker and canoe tripper, with an eager draw to whitewater adventure. Whether up a tree, covered in mud, or in the thick of river rapids she believes there is so much play and peace to be found on the land and in the wild spaces we share.
Having recently moved to Hope, Rowan says feels so lucky to be able to spend her
days sharing her learning and supporting youth in our community as they learn to be stewards of the natural world and grow to feel empowered in their climate futures.
Learn more about the school programs Rowan will be spending most of her time
delivering at https://hopemountain.org/education/