In addition to our core staff, we have many volunteers and advisors dedicated to creating sustainable educational and therapeutic programming on the farm. Our core staff consists of:
Mary Rostad, B.Ed
Mary, of Haisla Nation, is an educator with Sooke School District and lifelong horsewoman. As the steward of her 30-acre outdoor classroom – currently known as Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary — for over 25 years, she’s been sharing this beautiful and sacred property for all to thrive. Her vision is for a healing, educational, and sustainable farm. Fulfilling a legacy of her First Nation’s ancestors, Mary’s deep belief in the interconnectedness of all life and passion for nature, children and wellbeing serves as ongoing inspiration and challenge. Her own professional development includes Mindfulness Practice in Education, Nature-Based Learning, and Indigenous Studies.
Sasha Mazur, BA
Sasha has a BA in child and youth care from the University of Victoria with the goal of becoming a registered family counselor who integrates equine-facilitated wellness into her practice. She came to the Farm as a practicum student in 2013 and has since facilitated programs for individuals and groups. Sasha began riding at age six and has since developed equestrian and horsemanship skills through training, competitions, and five years of volunteering with Providence Farm and the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association as an assistant instructor. She brings her talents to her work with youth both one-on-one and in groups at the farm.
Tyler Woolbert, Natural Horsemanship
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