Owner, Bookings, Marketing, and Hiking Guide
Rob is very passionate about the wilderness. He has been hiking and backpacking throughout the Canadian Rocky Mountains for decades and, along with a wealth of incredible experience, he holds many certifications and training credentials. He is a certified ACMG Hiking Guide (Canada's only internationally-recognized guiding certification); a certified MPHIA wilderness interpreter; a purple stage outdoor leader (Scouts Canada's highest certification); he holds an advanced wilderness first aid and CPR certificate; and has been trained in various wilderness skills and survival techniques by internationally recognized wilderness leaders, such as Tom Brown, Jr. and Jon Young. Rob is also a creative person and, whenever he can find the time, is truly a master woodworker. Rob's log work, furniture, and skill with wood decorate almost all aspects of the wilderness centre. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur, with over 20 years experience running his own companies, and is happy to transfer his skills in leadership and organization to helping protect, share, and pass on his love for the wilderness.
Troy Patenaude, BA, MA, PhD (a.b.d.)Professional Chef
Hiking Guide; Nature-Based Education, Arts, and Cultural Sharing Facilitator
Troy's deep knowledge about nature, culture, the arts, the Rocky Mountains, and history has been an unforgettable contribution to many guests' stays and programs out here. He helps coordinate and facilitate most of the guided hikes, nature-based education, and inter-cultural sharing experiences, and also holds many certifications and credentials. Troy is currently working on his PhD at the moment, researching the arts and cultural healing in society, and intangible cultural heritage, especially in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He is also a certified ACMG Hiking Guide, a certified MPHIA wilderness interpreter, and is certified in advanced wilderness first aid and CPR. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the Rocky Mountains, all over Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands, throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, in the Alps in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and France, and in the jungles of Guyana, South America. He speaks French, and has lived and worked with various First Nations tribes in South America, as well as the coast and mountains of BC. He is also an accomplished folk guitarist and songwriter, whose diverse ability to share through music, art, writing, and story about history; mountain life; world arts and culture; traditional plants and medicines; traditional living skills; and traditional stories and songs is frequently moving and inspiring.
Facility Manager, Decorator, and Artist
Marilyn is a multi-talented and warm artist, chef, manager, and decorator who helps ensure the smooth running of the actual facilities at the Wilderness Centre, as well as their aesthetic charm. She is a well-respected member and teacher of the Canadian Decorative Arts Society, and has years of experience running a catering business, a cleaning business, and her own arts and craft supply store. Besides helping to facilitate operations at the Wilderness Centre, you can also frequently find her contributing her experience and skill to working as the cook herself, or helping create the clean and cozy atmosphere CrossRiver has become known for when Jeff and Kim have taken some well-deserved breaks. Marilyn brings a love and confidence to all she does, which is reflected in her cooking, as well as her decorating and art. Her paint and imagination has filled the walls and spaces of our historic heritage cabins during their update refurbishment. They now each exude an individual and comfortable nature-based theme, in a folk arts style, where artistic and decorative detail has been paid attention with passion and care. Furthermore, she coordinates and facilitates all our painting and craft retreats, which have inspired many budding artists and crafters from around western Canada.
Inter-Cultural Sharing & Life Ways Facilitator
Sequoyah is enrolled with the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma, USA, has lived predominantly with the Mohawk nation in Kanawake, Canada for almost two decades, but has been invited to many regions and lands throughout Mother Earth and calls wherever he is at that moment "home". His current path enables him to pass on the heart of the original teachings of the Sacred Mystery to all who will allow him to do that. They are the original teachings that bind all peoples, all cultures, and all nations together here on Mother Earth, and are open to everyone, always, free of charge and by donation. Sequoyah currently spends most of his summers living in the Konkurra Medicine Lodge at CrossRiver Wilderness Centre, although he has been invited and often adopted in to communities all around western Canada, including Ojibway, Cree, Blackfoot, Nakoda, Cowichan, and Nuxalk communities. At CrossRiver, Sequoyah facilitates prayers and meditations every morning for world peace, where all are invited; spends lots of time sharing and conversing with all kinds of people and groups; helps facilitate inter-cultural sharing and nature-based education experiences; and helps advise us on the workings of the wilderness centre so that it can continue to be an example to people of environmental respect and sustainability, great thanks, great peace, and great love.
Certified Rafting Guide
Tabatha is a charming and free-spirited person who is very passionate about the water, the wilderness, and guiding. She is the trip leader for all our whitewater rafting excursions on the Kootenay River, with a lot of training and interesting credentials. She is a certified whitewater rafting guide, a swift-water rescue level 3 technician, and a certified PADI diving instructor. She has successfully led countless groups on not only safe Rocky Mountain whitewater rafting trips over the past 10 years, but also shark-feeding tours in Honduras; swimming with wild dolphin tours in New Zealand; and snorkelling with Humpback Whale tours in Tonga. She has also acted as assistant dive researcher for various renowned marine biologists at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island. Tabatha is a very caring and discerning person who enjoys coupling her guiding and water work with strong feelings about ecological conservation efforts, inter-cultural and community development, and environmental sustainability. She is also a tremendous artist in her own right, as a more-than-capable classical pianist. She has studied under the internationally recognized concert pianist, Robin Harrison, who after years of coaxing, finally convinced Tabatha in August 2007 to purchase a concert keyboard so we could have a piano out at the Wilderness Centre. Robin graciously performed our first CrossRiver concert in the Rockies out here, and Tabatha intends to keep the fire burning.
Brad began his cooking career over ten years ago, and has worked his way through various remote resorts on the west coast of British Columbia, as well as the Delta and Fairmont hotel chains. After a four year stint in the city of Vancouver, he chose to return to the wilderness and made his way to the Rocky Mountains and CrossRiver Wilderness Centre in spring 2010. For Brad, this switch back to cooking in a more remote setting was a no-brainer. He is particularly passionate about working with wild meats, having a garden right outside for some fresh herbs on-site, and meeting new people in a unique environment. The opportunity to cook and serve in such a beautiful, down-to-earth, flexible, and (especially after a long day's hike) appreciative setting is a chef's dream come true. Some of his signature dishes include, bison short-rib lasagna, butternut squash soup with sage brown butter, and chef's-special elk roast with panzanella salad and mouth-watering focaccia. Brad also plays a very mean guitar and is an amazing addition to any campfire gathering on any given night at the main lodge.
Julian Norris, Phd
Nature-Based Education & Arts Facilitator
Julian is an experienced and inspirational environmental educator, community development facilitator, and traditional folk musician. He is a certified ACMG hiking guide, and has traveled around the world helping to establish educational and development programs for indigenous communities of many cultures. Julian is also a well-respected youth and adult wilderness camp facilitator, specializing in the areas of rites of passage, eco-psychology, and adventure programming. His love for inter-cultural understanding and the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness has led to his dedication to ways of being in nature and how they can translate into meaningful contributions to our lives wherever we may lead them. This is also the topic he is currently writing about for his PhD, which, to many, has the potential to heavily impact the world of environmental education. Julianís musical skills around the campfire alone, however, are worth any wilderness excursion with him, and his gentle perceptiveness is empowering. Furthermore, he has a subtle trickster and playful attitude that can captivate even the toughest of audiences.
Guest Relations and Tracker
Hailing from the prairies of eastern Saskatchewan, and just as comfortable with the terrain of the Rocky Mountains, Koda is a wilderness adventurer extraordinaire. He's traveled throughout the wilderness of the Rockies by paw, and is proud to bark about his encounters with many bears, wolves, coyotes, deer, and rabbits on the various trails near CrossRiver Wilderness Centre. He will fill your trip with smiles, kisses, and perhaps a little envy as you watch him gracefully bound to the tops of steep slopes with four legs (as we hobble along with our two). Besides making new friends, Koda's favorite things to do are going on long walks in the wilderness; chasing squirrels; playing with sticks; and eating wild salmon and buffalo.
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