Facilitators

Blair Doyle

Owner of Adventure & Safety Atlantic, Blair has an extensive outdoor and wilderness background having hiked, biked, climbed, parachuted, kayaked, and canoed most of Atlantic Canada. He holds several certifications in paddling, in guiding, and as a PADI Divemaster; he has been diving the Maritimes since 1985. Currently, he is a Sea Kayak, River Kayak, and Canoe Instructor Trainer with the Paddle Canada program. Active with the paddling associations, he is Retired Past President of Paddle Canada, having been on the BOD for 10  years and had been on the board of Canoe Kayak NS for 12 years. As a First Aid/CPR, Wilderness and Advanced Emergency Care Instructor Trainer with the Canadian Red Cross he has been responsible for implementation of the Wilderness Medical Program in eastern Canada. He has been involved in Ground Search and Rescue since 1988 and has held differing leadership roles with Halifax Regional SAR, currently Search Director since 2008. As an active SAR responder he teaches all aspects of wilderness rescue practices including the National Association for SAR (NASAR) Managing the Lost Person Incident course and Lost Person Behaviour course. In keeping with his wetness he is a Rescue Canada Swift Water Rescue Instructor for Atlantic Canada. Further, in 2001 he completed Paramedic 2. He has a strong drive to “keep it real” for the learner, thereby bridging the gap between actual vs perceived capabilities in the wilderness. With an experiential approach to wilderness wisdom he currently uses his consulting and training business to impart his energy and passion to several organizations, government agencies and individuals.

Dave Hubley

Dave enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and interest in the wilds with his students and brings his skill as an experiential educator to his work as a Paddle Canada Instructor for Flatwater Canoe and Sea Kayak Level 1, as a First Aid Instructor with Red Cross and St. John Ambulance, and as an avid coach for various school and racquet sports. He is a retired high school physical education teacher from the Halifax Regional School Board. Dave co-developed a youth leadership course, known as ABEL (Adventure Based Experiential Learning), that focuses on the outdoors and has been leading trips since 1996. Not someone who neglects any season, Dave has been a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol since 2001.

Frances Gertsch

Adam Doyle

Larry Eisenhauer

Deborah Moore-Boylan

Deborah began her wilderness experience as a youngster with her family and has several years of trekking in Canada. Deborah is a former Operating Room Nurse who takes her energy among trees and onto water many times a year. Indulging in her passion for paddling she does 8-10 canoe trips each year. Her love for the outdoors has led Deborah to spend more time in her tent than in her house, and she feels very much at home wherever she happens to crawl into her tent for the night. She is a Wilderness Medical First Responder, a Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Instructor, and a St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor. Deborah is also a Sivananda-trained Teacher & Master Yogi in Authentic Classical Yoga & Meditation, Yoga Mind-Body Therapy, Stress Management, Yoga Sports Therapy, and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Practitioner. She has always enjoyed working with youth and has spent many years in the Scout movement; she has recently been teaching Yoga & Meditation at a Correctional Centre for Youth. Deborah’s bundle of smiles, wilderness savvy, and medical background combine to make students’ learning experiences top notch.

Lyse Boyce

No rookie to all that is wilderness, Lyse is our Leave No Trace champion, as well as a cyclist, hiker, and an all-season camper and canoe tripper. She enjoys studying and documenting wilderness and rural areas of Nova Scotia – with a focus on botany, conservation biology, and ecological farming. Lyse is Internal Training Officer for Halifax Regional Search and Rescue, and one of their Wilderness First Responders. She is on the board of directors of Leave No Trace Canada. In the summer of 2007 she travelled to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to take the Leave No Trace Master Educators course – and to learn a bit about the outdoor recreation culture of North-eastern United States. The Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection generously funded this training.