Colin Harris | Executive Director
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.
Judith Lipp | TMO Manager
Judith is the latest addition to the Take Me Outside team. She brings with her a wealth of experience in program management and organizational development and is excited to apply her skills to the important task of getting kids outside. She previously managed an award winning non-profit organization focused on community ownership of renewable energy and an educational charity focused on energy and the environment. Through the transformative power of nature connection experienced in her own life she changed focus in 2016 and has been working on developing and delivering nature programs and outdoor experiences for children and adults for several years. She holds a PhD in Policy Studies, an MSC in Environmental Studies, as well as various certificates and qualifications in nature connection and mentorship, but through all that training and education nature has always been her greatest teacher. It’s this nature knowledge and inspiration that drives her work and her hope that all children everywhere have the chance to spend regular quality time in the great outdoors. Judith lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
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.
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.
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.
Stéphanie Plante, born and raised in Tecumseh, Ontario and has an MA from the University of Windsor. She came to appreciate the outdoors much later in life loves going to dog parks. She is a 2016 Arctic Fellow and a collaborator on a SSHRC study investigating the impact of digital technology on Indigenous communities. She has volunteered in the past with VDay Ottawa and is currently involved with the Refugee Assistance Project at the University of Ottawa and Take Me Outside. She is on the board of the St. George Housing Co-Op, is a proud member of Canadian Parents for French and Equal Voice. Her most important job is being a mother to Ian, 6-years-old and their dog Diego. She enjoys podcasts, cooking, yoga and Beyoncé.
Stéphanie est originaire et a été élevée à Tecumseh en Ontario. Elle détient un master en sciences politiques de l’université de Windsor. Elle est amoureuse de la nature et fréquente souvent les parcs de chien. Elle a été chercheuse associée au 2016 Arctic Summer College et participe à une étude menée au sein du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines, examinant l’impact des technologies pour améliorer l’accès au vote dans les peuples indigènes. Elle a auparavant été bénévole pour VDay Ottawa et est actuellement très impliquée dans le projet d’assistance pour les réfugiés à l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle travaille aussi à la Coopérative d’habitation Saint-Georges, et est une mère fière de son fils de 6 ans Ian. Elle apprécie les baladosdiffusions, la cuisine, le yoga et Beyoncé.