Steve Leckman – Director, instructor
Stefanie Dimitrovas – Administrator, instructor
Stefanie is an enthusiastic, creative human that loves to sing, dance, play, craft, and marvel with others in the out-of-doors. She has worked as an artistic / cultural director with the p.i.n.e. Project in Toronto for the past several years, as a youth program mentor at the Ontario Art of Mentoring, and as a multi-purpose coordinator at the Concordia Greenhouse. She graduated with honor from Concordia University with a BSc in Environmental Science, and is particularly passionate about birds, plants, wood crafts and feminism. She believes that it can only be through the heart that future generations will come into a role of stewardship of, and not dominion over, the natural world.
Kawisente McGregor – Kahnawake site director, instructor
Jesse Grindler – instructor
Jesse is from the rocky coast of BC and grew up climbing the trees and eating the fish of that beautiful region. He is a passionate explorer of the play instinct and loves blending the arts with nature connection. He has trained in and practiced Arts-Based Facilitation, Puppetry, Physical theatre and Clowning for over a decade and sneaks these things into his work with youth in nature. Always curious about how stories shape our world, he sees this work as a way to transform lives and cultures towards a state of connection, integrity and creative possibility. Jesse enjoys making things with his hands and exploring the natural world– he makes musical instruments and carves, eats wild plants and loves to tend a good fire.
Emma Anders – instructor
Emma is an adventurous and creative soul who grew up loving to run barefoot in the woods. She discovered her dream job while spending summers at YMCA Kanawana as a teenager, animating youth and leading canoe trips. Since then, she has worked as an outdoor instructor, nature connection facilitator and wilderness expedition guide in Canada and abroad. Whether she is cycling her way 5000 km across the USA or paddling remote rivers, she always has her guitar with her. She loves to share the magic and beauty of nature through various forms of art. You can find her writing poems on birch bark, crafting herbal remedies, carving away at a piece of driftwood, recording sounds by a marsh or jamming around a campfire. She is very passionate about community and greatly values the exchange of knowledge, wisdom and skills across generations and cultures. She is very grateful to be part of Coyote Programs!
Benoit Berard – instructor
Benoit has a Bsc in Environmental science with a specialization in Wildlife Biology. He took our nature mentor training course a few years ago, and after some adventuring all over Canada for a year, he ended up volunteering with the Coyote Programs when he got back. He has worked at the Fauna Foundation, a chimpanzee sanctuary, for 7 years, in the gardens as well as in animal care. He has a great love for ecology and exploring the interconnection of all things, which has fuelled his interest in permaculture, including classes on the self-fertilizing garden. He has great hope for the future because of all the awesome humans he keeps meeting, and feels that reconnecting our youth with Nature is an essential ingredient for creating strong leaders who are resourceful, resilient and happy humans.