In September 2022 Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning welcomed its newest team member Moon Pruvost as Program Director. An educator at heart, Moon has over 10 years of international experience developing programs and working with children and youth.
In 2011, she began taking annual trips to Nepal, volunteering at Nepal Orphans Home (NOH). In 2016, she managed one of the four houses, the “Boy’s House.” At this time she took on the role of Interim Director, overseeing operations at the community centre, which offers free classes and outings for over 200 women, as well as extracurricular classes for the children at NOH.
In between her travels, she worked at Little Rascals Daycare and Preschool in North Vancouver where she successfully developed and delivered programs aimed at nurturing a connection between children and nature.
Moon has had a lifelong passion for nature, wildlife and outdoor recreation. She is an avid hiker. One of her most memorable experiences was trekking through Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park in the Himalayas – though she shared that nothing compares to the Alpine Meadows of British Columbia in her opinion!
Moon’s love of the outdoors and wildlife (particularly grizzly bears) led her to become a wilderness mountain guide in 2020. Working on horseback, she led educational multi-day trips in the backcountry, sharing her passion for nature and conservation with guests in the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park.
Her favourite part of working as a guide was wildlife tracking and viewing. This inspired her to pursue a diploma in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation, which she received from the International Career School of Canada in 2020.
When asked how she feels about joining the HMCOL team, Moon says, “I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with the Hope Mountain Centre. The organization encompasses everything I believe in—outdoor recreation and education, safe outdoor practices, and respectful treatment of the environment and wildlife. I believe now more than ever is a critical time to foster a connection between people and nature, and helping ensure it is accessible to everyone. I am eager to spread my roots and get to know the wonderful community of Hope and surrounding areas while doing so!”