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​​​​Meet Our Team​

LSRCA’s Education team is small but mighty!  We are a team of education experts working to support a more connected watershed community.

A photograph of Nicole Hamley, Manager of Education.

Nicole Hamley

Manager of Education

Nicole is the​ Manager of Education at LSRCA and loves helping people discover the wonders of nature. She has spent her career connecting people to their local watersheds through education program delivery and design, project management, stakeholder and community relationships, and partnership development. While managing her team of expert educators is her primary job function by day, she enjoys spending time outside honing her naturalist skills and exploring the outdoors with her family. Nicole is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a BScH, Environmental Biology.​​​

A photo of Outreach Coordinator Dana Eldon.Dana Eldon

Outreach Coordinator

​With nearly 15 years of experience in the classroom and outdoor education, Dana has a passion for helping people make connections with their local environment through education program delivery and design for students, teachers and the broader community. Dana is an Ontario Certified Teacher with an HBSc, Zoology and she holds Project Wild and Project Wet Certifications. Most recently, she earned a certification from the Monarch Techer Network that will help her continue to inspire her students to foster a deeper connection to the natural world. On weekends, Dana puts on her beekeeping suit and visits her hives​ to collect honey and study these fascinating pollinators. 

A photo of outreach education Caasandra Connell.Cassandra Connell

Outreach Educator

Cassandra knows that there's nothing better than learning in a forest, park or meadow. She is passionate about connecting children with nature and works hard to achieve this goal by designing and delivering curriculum connected, hands-on, inquiry based, and experiential learning opportunities to students and community partners. As an Ontario Certified Teacher with an HBA, Geography, you'll often find Cassandra having fun alongside her students, whether it be jumping in mud puddles, searching for salamanders or frogs, and even checking under logs to see what bugs can be found! Cassandra is our early learning expert and is currently working towards the Ontario Forest Schools Practitioners designation.

A photo of senior outreach educator Trevor Standford.Trevor Stanford

Senior Outdoor​ Educator

When he's not strumming his guitar, fishing the shores of Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, paddling, biking or golfing, Trevor is busy helping inspire and connect students with nature at the Scanlon Creek Nature Centre. With more than 9 years' experience connecting people of ages to their local environment through outdoor education program design and delivery, community engagement programming and partnership development, Trevor is an expert at leading outdoor exploration. Trevor holds a BA in Environmental Studies, is fluent in French and is Wilderness Advanced First Aid certified.

A photo of outdoor educator Katie BiddieKatie Biddie

Outdoor Educator

With a love of wildlife and exploring the outdoors, you'll often find Katie leading her own wilderness adventure. She loves to travel, paddle, hike and fish, and if you've ever attended one of her sessions at the Scanlon Creek Nature Centre, you'll know she's skilled at teaching bird calls! Katie has more than 5 years of experience connecting people of all ages to the environment through outdoor education, nature interpretation and community engagement programming.  She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with an HBSc, Zoology, and if you're lucky, she may show you the best places to find the snakes or turtles at Scanlon!

A photo of outdoor instructor Abby Selliah.Abby Selliah

Instructor

Abby likes to push the boundaries of a traditional classroom by helping get kids outside​ and away from technology. With four years of experience in outdoor education, her goal is to help children and adults embrace the outdoors. Abby holds a BSc ​Env – Natural Resource Management and is our resident maple syrup expert. But that's not all! She's a trained beekeeper, board game collector, world ​traveller and geocacher! Abby is currently working on her plant identification skills, so be sure to find something interesting at Scanlon and bring it her way!


​Wanda Black​
​Senior Administrative Assistant

With more than 35 years of experience in senior level administration and 16 years at LSRCA, Wanda is our behind-the-scenes miracle worker. She provides administrative support to our education and lands team and is a master at keeping us all on track. Wanda is highly organized, friendly and is likely the first person you'll talk to when booking our education services. When she's not working in the office, she's enjoying beautiful Lake Simcoe sunsets and reading a good book.