The Fresh Air Learning board is made up of community members and Fresh Air Learning parents who work to connect children to nature through play. We’re a working board that’s actively involved in policy development, program visioning, and fundraising. We’re also family-friendly and fun!
We have a fantastic team of board members, and we’re always looking for people with energy to bring to our board. Our AGM is in November, and prospective board members are encouraged to reach out to us by the end of September. If you’re considering volunteering for our board, we’re always looking for individuals with financial savvy and community-building experience. Contact us for details.
Tricia Edgar - Program Director
Tricia (She/they) loves to connect people with places. She is a settler of European ancestry who lives in the Lynn Creek watershed in Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam territory. For 27 years, Tricia has worked as a nature educator in this watershed, developing programs that explore the streams and forests of the temperate rainforest. She loves watching children fill with enthusiasm and wonder in nature. Tricia has an undergraduate degree in English and Geography and a Masters degree focused on ecological restoration and community development.
She has a background in permaculture education and also facilitates the Forest School Practitioners' Course through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. When she is not teaching, learning, and immersing herself in nature, you can find her hanging out with her daughter (a home learning graduate), reading fantasy novels, baking gluten-free goodies, writing stories with her students, or rehabilitating foster cats!
Katrina Sterba - Assistant Director
Katrina's (she/her) had the privilege of living in 20 acres of woods at formative age and this instilled her with a wonder and deep love for the natural world. She is humbled and grateful to now live and learn on the unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. She is pleased to be Fresh Air Learning's Assistant Director because she gets to help hundreds of diverse kids and families connect to and play in nature every year. As a parent of children in forest school, Katrina is happy to share her experiences and tips with families as they navigate their learning journey with us.
Katrina's background includes training in sustainable horticulture, dance, yoga, and nature-based program management, facilitation and administration. When she is not in the garden, or hiking in the forest, she is likely making potions in the kitchen with her kids.
Dana Rossbacher - Treasurer
Dana is an accountant on the path to her CPA designation. She is excited to work with for a program that helps connect young people to their environment. As a born am raised North Vancouverite, Dana fondly remembers her own childhood participation in outdoor community programs, and is proud to now be involved on the administrative side.
Nathalie Nebel - Member at Large
Nathalie is a past parent in the Fresh Air Learning program and a mother of four children. She is a trained secondary school teacher with majors in English and German. She has taught in Switzerland at an international school and in Germany in adult education.
Angela Allester - Member at Large
Angela is an elementary educator living in Lynn Valley with her family. Her three children adore the forest and have blossomed while a part of the Fresh Air Learning programs. Angela has a Masters in Educational Leadership with a focus on Social Justice education. She is passionate about the importance of play, being outside, and integrating literacy everywhere with children.
Salima Vaiya - Member at Large
Salima has a background in education. Her recent experiences with home learning have led her to value more deeply the role of the facilitator, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities and screen-free childhoods. She is in awe of the Fresh Air Learning community and is grateful to be able to have such a community for her child to play in.
Drae Mulder - Member at Large
Back in Fresh Air Learning’s beginnings, I came on board as the administrator. I love this program. It was bittersweet to move on to a different career but it has been thrilling to watch its development. I'm a passionate environmentalist who believes that giving children a connection to and sense of belonging within the natural world is one of the best ways to encourage them towards a path of lifelong environmental stewardship. Not to mention, everyone should get to play in the mud sometimes, it's so fun!
Queenie So- Member at Large
Bio coming soon.