This year’s Make Peace with Winter Conference Organizing Committee is very excited to be welcoming Jalynn Bosley and Issac Crosby as our Keynote Presenters.
Jalynn Bosley, Executive Director/Owner of ALIVE Outdoors Inc.
Reward vs. Repetition: Engaging Human Capital as the Roots of Outdoor Education
This presentation will explore the importance of harnessing individual capacity as the most influential factor in the future success of outdoor education. We will look at barriers that continue to confine us, and discuss how we can collectively work to creatively overcome some of the elements that hold us back from our full potential. The educators/facilitators have always held the key to the success and relevance of outdoor education, and as we move forward, this must remain at the forefront of our minds.
Prior to starting ALIVE Outdoors in 2000, Jalynn was a Phys. Ed. teacher with the TDSB. She has over 25 years of experience as an outdoor educator and wilderness guide. She is nearing the two-decade mark as the owner of one of Canada’s prominent experiential education companies. Jalynn actively consults with schools on program development, risk management, and scope and sequence planning both nationally and internationally. ALIVE Outdoors has worked with over 75,000 students over the last 19 years, and is grateful to work with approximately 180 instructors each year.
Isaac Crosby, Resident Urban Agriculturalist, Evergreen Brickworks
Diversity in Outdoor Educational Activities
Diversity is found everywhere in the natural world, and so shouldn’t this be reflected in our outdoor educational programs? How about in how we advertise outdoor recreational pursuits or select outdoor learning activities…and shouldn’t it be reflected in the hiring practices as well? Look at it like this, for thousands of years the indigenous nations on Turtle Island used companion plantings, such as the popular three sisters garden of corn, beans and squash. They knew that these 3 plants helped each other grow big and strong and they helped the earth. When Europeans first arrived they were astonished by the size of the crops, but they decided mono-culture was a better practice…fast forward to 2019 and we know that mono-culture farming is not the way to go. It’s not good for species diversity or the earth. I believe the same is true for teaching and learning in the outdoors, with more diversity in our activities we can build a strong connection for land that is Canada and the Earth.
Isaac Crosby’s love of gardening and nature comes from his family; they are First Nations farmers called The Ojibwe of Anderdon, which is located just south of Windsor, Ontario. He studied Landscape Horticulture Technician at Humber College and is the Resident Urban Agriculturist at Evergreen Brickworks, where his goal is to show young and old, that they can grow the food they eat. His idea is that everyone should grow at least one plant because one plant, will lead to two plants the next year…his motto is “Be nature”