Sheila Gruenwald, MA
Sheila brings a unique approach to corporate training, combining her passion for teaching with her love of the wilderness lifestyle. She specializes in helping organizations and communities create and expand successful models to advance personal skills. Her forte is in leadership development, communication, team building and personal development programs. She applies her years of experience with her M.A. in Leadership and Training to create an innovative learning experiences.
An expert in all aspects of safety in the wilderness, Sheila takes an active volunteer role in Search and Rescue, involved in both land and air rescue and in training others as the CASARA Central Zone Training Officer for B.C. She is committed to teaching others to safely enjoy the outdoors, instructing courses in Firearms Safety, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Survival, and hunting safety.
Certified Instructor in Good Standing
BC Representative for PEP/ Air Winter Survival Training 2011
Jarvis Lake, Alberta
Nominated by Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) National to represent BC in one time offer by the Military to conduct a Winter Survival Course at the SARTech Training School. Invited to train with SARTech trainers in a winter survival situation for 5 days. Responsibiities stemming from this training is to assume a training role to other CASARA members through out BC.
“In an outdoor classroom, all participants are challenged and learn something new about themselves- and I love it! Come join me! “ SG
Jason Westlake, Amazon Jungle Retreats
Specializing in sales, leadership, INFLUENCE, time management, relationships, high-dollar clientele, fundraising, emotional development, entrepreneurship, and more, he's trained entrepreneurs, executives and successful professionals in a six-step approach to influencing any business relationship. Asked his thoughts about the issues plaguing men in business, Jason offered this: "Most men come to me seeking more MONEY, status and prestige. In training with me, most men end up with not only more money, but deeply fulfilling personal and professional relationships, a true understanding of their purpose, and greater meaning and joy in their lives. Most men are looking for something that they are missing. They think money is the answer. In the end, they get what money cannot provide."
Jason is a results-oriented, rubber-meets-the-road coach and trainer for entrepreneurs, executives and successful professionals, with over six years of experience in the psychology of influence, emotional development and the art of creating high-paying clientele. He's helped hundreds of men and women master the art of influence in all sorts of business relationships from sales to leadership to high-dollar deals and more. He currently consults exclusively with a small handful of clients each year.
A major part of Jason's work includes an exclusive men's leadership retreat in the Amazon Jungle each year. In the jungle, clients learn to strip away the outside world, listen to their own intuition and learn from the wisdom of Mother Nature. In coming face to face with jaguars, native tribes and a world like 'Avatar,' men get REAL and RAW incredibly quick.
With a natural skill set in the realms of emotion, relationships and influence combined with a deep love for nature, wildlife and exploration, Jason has effectively combined the two to provide a truly unique experience for men in leadership roles.
Lauren Phillips RPF, President of OVERhang Education Center
Lauren is driven by a love of people and adventure. Her unique career and experiences in resource management, teaching and mentorship, wilderness safety, and outdoor recreation all point to the common themes of healthy communities, sustainable ecosystems, and challenging people to live their lives fully in this amazing world of ours. Lauren seeks out opportunities to learn, teach, and collaborate in working through the challenges presented by high risk natural environments, diverse worldviews, and exciting adventures.
With her Bachelor of Science in Forestry, a Registered Professional Forester designation, experience in project management, a passion for teaching, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Lauren faces challenges with zest, strategy, and a fiercely human warmth.
Lauren mentors a staff of over 30 dynamic individuals and multiple contract instructors to deliver a high caliber outdoor training center, climbing gym, and fitness facility. She travels to instruct swiftwater rescue and river ice safety courses, coordinate search and rescue prevention strategies across Canada, and to find her own recreational adventures on rivers and mountains around the world.
Current Expertise and Involvements:
Honors and Awards:
Paul Brent- Co-Owner of Brent Enterprises Specialty Training (B.E.S.T)
Edutainer Extraordinaire- “Can you find the humor in it?”
Paul possesses a deep want to make you laugh, to bring humor to the unhumorous and to inspire hope. His vast knowledge in working with people from an engaging entertainment perspective and his personal experiences will draw you into the course and open your mind to incredible learning. And you will be having fun while you are doing it. Paul is skilled at bringing his personality from the front of the room into your hearts.
Paul is a brick layer by trade, one of the top graduates from S.A.I.T. His attention to details and desire to produce high quality are part of his cornerstone concepts for communication building and foundation for life lessons. An entertainer by heart and driven by a deep passion for people. Paul has 20 years of coaching experience. His prime focus has always been on the well- being of people. He is the one who will challenge you with questions like: “What is your life worth to you?” or “Are you aware of how your actions impact your life and your family?” His bright, animated and entertaining way of asking will have you thinking and reflecting.
For almost ten years Paul instructed workforce training at the Northern Lights College, bringing humor to the world of safety training. Greater opportunities to impact the lives of others pulled him from his work there.
Paul has spent twenty years being involved in the oil and gas industry. This time in the industry gives Paul a great understanding of the challenges faced by leaders and how he can help them with these challenges.
Paul understands the work-life balance challenge. As a father of four and a grand-father of three he has mastered the balancing act. His antidotal perspective on life will both challenge you and give you skills that you can take forward in your life and career.
Certified Instructor in Good Standing
Expertise and Involvement
Steve Richburg, Forest Protection Officer at BC Government
Steve Richburg has spent many years of providing various types of leadership roles related to the public service, within his profession career and volunteer related activities.
A Keen Conservationist
1975- 2006 Professional Trapper during winter season
1992- 2005 B.C. Trapper Education Program Instructor and a Provincial Aboriginal trapper training Liaison supporting the protection of wildlife habitat and conservation practices of the furbearing wildlife species
1983- 1995 Horse Rancher and Hunting Guide and Outfitter
1998- 2003 Wildlife Habitat Research Field Crew supervisor
1998- 2006 Wildlife Field Technician on various wildlife related research projects
1976- 2016 Professional Tracker (wildlife, horses, missing persons, wild fire cause investigations)
1975- 2016 BC Forest Service Lookout Person, Forest Protection Assistant / BC Wildfire Service Forest Protection Officer
1997 -2016 Professional volunteer for B.C. Provincial Emergency Program Ground Search Rescue - Highway Rescue, Ground Search Rescue, Coroner’s assistance (subject recovery)
1996- 2016 - Provincial Wildfire Investigator BC Wildfire Service
Instructor in Good Standing for the Following Programs
- SDI Strength Deployment Inventory Facilitator
- RECLAIM Master Instructor Trainer
- Instructor of FI 210 Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination Course 2008 - 2016
- British ColumbiaGSAR Ground Search and Rescue Instructor,
-Ground Search Rescue Manager, GSAR Team Leader,
-GSAR Tracking Skills
- Instructor of the BC Wildfire Service training series
-S346 Wildland fire Site Rehabilitation,
- S100 Basic Fire Fighter Fundamentals,
-FI 110 First Responder Fire Cause and Origin Scene Protection
-Received First Second and Advanced degrees of the Usui Shiki Ryoho system of Reiki healing treatments
-Received the Advanced L-381 Incident Leadership training for Incident Management Teams to support professional Emergency Incident response leadership roles
-Received a British Columbia Wildfire Service Recognition Award in Mentorship for excellence in staff development
Crystal Kalalest, Art Animation & Design
Crystal has a talent to draw and use different mediums in art. She is away right now, attending the Art Institute of Vancouver for Art Animation & Design.
Crystal created Art Splash for kids 6 & up, she teaches them how to draw as well as painting and opening up their imagination to creativity. There is no such thing as I don't know how to draw with Crystal.
Crystal is currently working on life drawing, digital imaging, 3D Concepts, Animation, Drawing & Perspective and further more...learning new things everyday.
Though art is Crystal's main focus she has a varied portfolio of experiences and certifications.
Editors Choice Award for Poetry
Sheldon holds an impressive portfolio of experiences and certifications.
Sheldon has been assistant coaching for Reclaim for five years, both in the classroom and in the field. No Wilderness Survival course is complete without his vast knowledge of survival, hunting, and trapping. He has an incredible ability to relate to youth and also hold his position of authority.
Sheldon has achieved both the Bronze and Silver levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is currently working towards Gold qualifications. In both 2014 and 2015 Sheldon was awarded the Lord Strathcona Award for excellence. It is the highest awared which can be bestowed upon a Canadian Cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.