Meet the Staff
Holly BorwickOwner/Executive Director
Holly is a forest creature who happened to grow up on a farm in the Badlands of Alberta. Much of her childhood was spent roaming coulees searching for fossils and it was likely here that she developed such love and respect for nature (and dinosaurs).
Holly is passionate about outdoor education, dedicating the better part of the last 5 years to this movement. She has extensive experience in this realm, and has trained and worked at facilities across BC and Ontario. She has led multi-day backcountry hiking and canoe trips for youth in regions across the country. Additionally, Holly has helped develop and facilitate programming for school groups of up to 300 students, and has led workshops in team-building, nature connection and leadership. She has volunteered in various capacities in the community of Rossland, including on ski patrol and with a weekly activity group called FUNdamentals for kids with special needs.
When she’s not hanging out with packs of wild children, she’s usually playing ball, rock climbing, skiing, sitting by campfires, hiking, climbing trees, writing letters, sitting on rooftops, reading, or hanging out in the woods nearby (usually barefoot). She has a soft spot for dinosaurs (obviously), trains, mosh pits, and big prairie sunsets.
Holly currently hold certificates in Occupational First Aid Level 3, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Emergency Childcare First Aid, and Bronze Cross.
Emily Kogan-YoungOwner/Program Director
Emily Kogan-Young is a trained herbalist and aromatherapist receiving mentorship from Colleen Emery, master herbalist. When she’s not running around the forest with kids, she’s running around the forest with her dog, wildcrafting, dancing as much as possible and having freestyle rap battles.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies, focused on grassroots community engagement and public policy analysis.
She completed a six week Wilderness Leadership Program in Ontario, specializing in leadership training, wilderness first aid and swift-water rescue. She completed the Green Apprenticeship program at the Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology in Israel, a six week permaculture design program studying natural building, cohesive community development and leadership and closed-loop environmental living.
Lise LevesqueDirector of Communications
Lise grew up in small, rustic cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Her love for the outdoors started early, and has followed her throughout her life.
Lise spent many summers hiking, canoeing, climbing, and playing in the mountains of BC with Educo Adventure School while studying classical voice at Vancouver Community College.
After completing her studies in music, Lise was looking for a way to combine the deeply meaningful experiences she was seeing in her students at Educo, with her passion for the arts. While sitting on top of a mountain Lise came up with an idea- "Music Therapy". Turns out someone else invented it before her, and she enrolled in Capilano University's Music Therapy Degree program for that Fall.
Upon moving to Rossland in 2014, Lise began to develop both her private music therapy practice, and One Tree Adventures along with Emily and Holly.
Lise is deeply passionate about creating opportunities for growth and personal understanding in people of all ages. She believes that building a connection with nature, strengthens our connection with self.
Natacha GirouardLead Instructor
Sammantha Parrott is a Rosslander by way of Pickering and Ottawa, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language, Writing and Film from Carleton University. After school, she worked in federal politics as a Legislative Assistant prior to making the big move to B.C. for the opportunity to spend life in nature. Sam is passionate about education, she has years of child care experience and is currently pursuing a career as a teacher.
Like all Nature Detectives, Sam is a lifelong camper, swimmer, hiker, animal lover and tree hugger. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, kickboxing, learning and exploring. Sam is certified in Standard First Aid and CPR.
A born and raised Rosslander, Maya has since moved to Montreal to study Political Science and Sustainability at Concordia University. She keeps busy at Concordia growing microgreens and developing workshops for the Concordia greenhouse. Additionally, she is a member of the Concordia Food Coalition and is the Outreach/Education Coordinator for a waste reduction venture called The Dish Project. Back in the Kootenays for the spring/summer, Maya is working as the Outreach Coordinator for the West Kootenay EcoSociety in addition to instructing weekly for One Tree Adventures. With all of her endeavors and undertakings, it is very apparent the care she has for the environment, and the great interest she has in teaching sustainable practices to children.
The ease with which she has integrated into the One Tree team is undeniable- she brings a fresh energy and brightness to our program that doesn’t go unnoticed.
Thor is a playful mountain adventurist, similar to a mountain goat. Maybe that's because he was raised with goats.... but that's not all.
At age 15, Thor was organizing skateboarding camps for local youth, and hasn't stopped since. While in University, Thor lead soccer games for Inuit youth on Baffin Island, and taught high ropes and canoeing courses for youth with autism in Ontario. More recently, Thor has been a substitute teacher and Educational Assistant in the Yukon and is renowned for having more energy than the children he teaches. He is tirelessly romping around the woods and sun-bathing in canoes with students of all ages, and is often considered to be a human jungle gym.
After Studying Geography at the University of Guelph, Thor has found himself on a life-long adventure to connect with landscapes and youth of the world, may it be remote climbing trips in all three northern territories, to surfing in New Zealand or skateboarding in China, his passion for adventure is evident and he is keen to use his experiences to show others just how great the out-of-doors is.