About Take Me Outside
Take Me Outside is a non profit organization committed to educating and creating awareness with Canadians about our connection with nature and our time spent outside. Take Me Outside works collaboratively with other organizations, school boards and individuals to encourage children and youth to spend more time outside through various advocacy projects and initiatives.
Our Board

Colin Harris | Executive Director

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Colin Harris has been immersed in the field of outdoor education for over a decade. He has been Director of Outdoor Education at YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton, Ontario. He has instructed canoe trips for Outward Bound Canada and has worked with First Nations students in the Western Arctic Leadership Program in NWT. He has taught physical education in Toronto and recently completed a Master’s of Environmental Education and Communication through Royal Roads University. He is the founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside and initiated the organization by running across Canada, going into 80 schools across the country and engaging 20,000 students in the conversation of their time spent in front of screens compared to their time spent outside, being active and connecting to nature. Colin lives in Banff, Alberta where he enjoys trail running, writing and continuing to find ways to engage Canadian students in exploring this country's incredible backyard.

Elisabeth Saxton

Elisabeth obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2005 in Minnesota. When she returned to Alberta, she began working in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, teens, and adults. She has worked in a variety of settings but primarily in physical rehabilitation and assessment, specializing in chronic pain, brain injury, and trauma. Since 2009, she has been with OrionHealth and has expanded her scope to include program development and evaluation in her role as Senior Clinical Practice Manager for Alberta. She focuses on the continual evaluation and refinement of the clinical services offered to ensure clients receive the best treatment and clinicians have the opportunity to work in an innovative and empowered interdisciplinary team, with an emphasis on gold standard practice.

Christie Thomson

First and foremost Christie likes to laugh, learn and play outside with kids.  She loves campfires, good stories, and believes that connecting with nature is fundamental for good health.

Christie's career in outdoor/environmental education started when she worked as an Ontario camp counsellor roughly 15 years ago.  Since then, she’s developed and delivered educational programs for Banff National Park, the Prairie Learning Centre, Friends of Jasper, and Massawippi Water Protection Association.  Christie is a qualified teacher and recently explored how we can teach and learn for meaningful/spiritual relations with nature in her Master’s thesis.

Sarah Ketcheson

As an educator, Sarah Ketcheson has taught kindergarten to grade 6 with the Calgary Board of Education for the past 8 years. Prior to teaching within the school board, she worked with the Toronto Region Conservation Area and Toronto District School Board outdoor education programs working with students from grade 4 to 8. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Ecology major from the University of Guelph, and received her B.Ed from Nipissing University with a specialization in Outdoor Education.  A firm believer in the power of hands on learning, she encourages a classroom that incorporates inquiry, wonder and getting outside as a critical part of the programming, demonstrating that curricular outcomes and quality assessment can easily be achieved in or outside of the school building.