Meet the remarkable humans making Cedar Coast an amazing place
Raised on a forested acreage on Hornby Island, B.C., Simon developed a strong connection to the ecology of the west coast from a young age. At age 17, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in advertising. After five years in NYC Simon moved to an off-grid boat access property on Vargas Island, B.C., where he developed the idea for an Arts and Ecology Centre in Clayoquot Sound. Refining this idea became the focus of his education at Quest University Canada, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in 2017.
Marcie graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education in 2014. She has been passionate about marine sciences since a young age when she would play in tidal pools for hours on end. Marcie taught at Maaqtusiis Elementary School in Ahousaht, BC for two years before pursuing other opportunities in the community. You can often find her with her furbabies or behind a camera, and sometimes both.
Lenny Parkin was born on the Hermitage in the Comox Valley, BC, and a love of the wilderness and adventure were intrinsic to his upbringing. Organic Farming has been passed down through his family, and he continued to pursue this within the agriculture industry. Lenny has done a wide variety of jobs and built a diverse skill set in forestry, carpentry, agriculture and most recently has become a professional fishing and marine adventure guide.
Kayla is a member of the Tla-O-Qui-Aht Nation and a life-time local of Tofino. She was raised by a family of fishermen and is very passionate about the boat to table food culture. Kayla takes lots of pride in locally sourcing the fish, as it’s so easily accessible around here. She’s been working in the kitchen for almost 15 years and has had the privilege of apprenticing alongside a few of Canada’s favourite chefs. Kayla loves living on the coast, and when not in front of the stove, she loves spending time on the beach, the boat and with her family.
Alec grew up in Ontario canoeing and camping around Algonquin Park and, eventually finding himself pursuing a future in the outdoor tourism industry in BC. Graduating from Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Tourism Management and Diploma in Adventure Tourism, he would spend his summers sea kayak guiding and exploring Vancouver Island. Through tourism related programs and jobs he found an interest in developing ideas and strategies to help create fun and meaningful outdoor experiences. Like many others who live in on the Pacific Rim, you’ll see him finding any excuse to be on the ocean.
Kate attended Thompson Rivers University where she took part in the Outdoor Guiding program and continued into a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Geography and Natural Resource Science. With a love for the outdoors and keen interest in the environment, Kate has worked as a Sea Kayak guide in Clayoquot Sound for the past five years. Outside of work, you can find her surfing, hiking or trail running.
Bridget grew up on Denman Island B.C, where she cultivated a deep connection with nature and curiosity for the mysteries of life. For the past ten years Bridget has split her time mainly between Hornby Island and India. During the growing season, Bridget lived on a biodiverse farm on Hornby Island where she apprenticed under a skilled gardener steeped in generations of experience and built a skill set based in horticulture, regenerative farming and sustainable lifestyle practices. The winters she spent in India, where she attended Shakti School of Dance and has had the honor of training in Odissi Classical dance. Included in this holistic art form is the practice of yoga, and related philosophies. Bridget completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Vidya Gurukyl in 2015. In September 2021 Bridget welcomed a baby girl and has since devoted her time to motherhood.