Staff

Meet our staff:

Our program is, first and foremost, its people — and the people of Mountain Trek are extraordinary. Vital, energetic, upbeat and knowledgeable, they are fitness and lifestyle change experts who wear their expertise lightly. These folks practice what they preach, only they don’t preach. They guide. They motivate. They challenge. They care. All of our lead guides are certified hiking guides with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), and have Advanced Level First Aid. Our staff not only teach the wellness philosophies of Mountain Trek, they live them everyday.

 
 

KIRKLAND SHAVE, BA, Diploma SpEd

Strong, focused, dedicated and nurturing — Kirkland embodies the essence of Mountain Trek. A park ranger and wilderness skills instructor for two decades, a certified hiking guide and a certified Life Coach, Kirk is a motivator who challenges guests to do more than they thought possible. His care and attention help guests make important and […]

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CATHY GRIERSON, BPhEd

Cathy has developed a fitness program at Mountain Trek that complements the hiking intensive. Her positive, upbeat manner inspires and motivates our guests; she is a true role model. For 25 years as a certified hiking guide, the outdoors have been her “office” where she has worked as a park ranger, an Outward Bound instructor, […]

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MELANIE ROBIN, MES

The newest member of the Mountain Trek Team is Guest Services Coordinator, Melanie Robin. After receiving her M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Ottawa, Melanie set out to explore all the world had to offer. Before deciding to settle down in the Kootenays, she spent three years in New Zealand where she worked […]

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JENN KEIRSTEAD, RHN, BA Psych

You’ll always eat your veggies after you’ve spent some time with Jenn! Her whole hearted approach to food and diet is both passionate and inspiring. Jenn has been practicing and teaching about the healing qualities of whole foods for the last decade. With a background in psychology and nutrition, she delves deep into diet, lifestyle […]

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ANNA TOPF, BHKin

Energetic and passionate about health and fitness, Anna has been working in the field of wellness for over 10 years. Anna has taught yoga for many years and has spent the last seven working as a kinesiologist in exercise therapy. She is a Medical Exercise Specialist, (MES) and a Certified Chek Exercise Coach. The Chek […]

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KATYA HAYES

Katya Hayes has been a dedicated yoga teacher for 15 years. She owns her own studio, and teaches classes ranging from gentle yoga for beginners to Power Vinyasa. Katya became the first western woman to receive certification by the International Korean Yoga Association. She has studied the ancient teachings of yoga and Buddhism and the […]

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LAURIE HARTLAND

Laurie’s passion for cooking has spanned over thirty years, and has taken her from the kitchens of Banff, Alberta and the mega volume of Expo’s 86-88, to the remoteness of tree planting camps in the far corners of British Columbia, before she settled in the Kootenays to raise her family. She is delighted to have […]

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