Born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand Les studied technical trades while at world renowned Nelson Boy’s College.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of departmental operations gleaned from his years with Campeau Corporation as General Services Manager at Scotia Plaza in Toronto, Ontario where he was responsible for implementing a smooth transition from construction to full operation.
Prior to his years at Scotia Plaza Les held a managerial position with Ontario Hydro where he was responsible for overseeing material handling and the coordination of office moving.
Les recently retired from a career with WestJet Airlines where he utilized his great customer service abilities and his friendly Kiwi personality to ensure travelers enjoyed their journeys.
He is married to Tina Barnes and is father to two grown children, step father to two more and grandfather to seven.
Les has special interests in travel, photography and all animals but especially Medicine Horses.
DALEEN THOMAS, LLB, LLM
Daleen is a devoted mother, business woman and practices law in Brentwood Bay BC.
She has among other things been a Peace Officer both federally and provincially, a research consultant in Child Protection and Legal Reform and has lived on reserve in Taku River Tlingit First Nation filling the role of Drug and Alcohol Counselor serving as part of the Social Health Team.
In honor of her Metis heritage she has recently taken on the position of Coordinator of Justice Issues with the Metis Nation of British Columbia.
Daleen has a lifetime of horse experience which she shares as she volunteers her time with The Medicine Horses of Thirteen Moons Farm.
She also serves on the Central Saanich Family Court and Youth Justice Committee.
In the past she has volunteered with the pediatrics ethic committee along with numerous legal advocacy groups
Cindy’s education, both formal and informal, has lead her down the path of completing an undergraduate degree in Business with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, a Mindfulness 360 certificate, and studying and practicing a holistic health care system called BodyTalk. Her continued practice and learning involves daily meditation, facilitating mindfulness meditation sessions and women’s circles, working with energy healers, and intuitive guidance sessions.
Professionally, over the past 18 years, she has held a variety of positions within the post-secondary sector and within the BC public service. She has worked in the areas of project management, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and consulting and stakeholder relations. She has a strong passion and understanding of the importance of relationships and effective communications.
Cindy has lived in Victoria her entire life and is now raising her own family here with her husband. Together they have two daughters, and two dogs. She leads a busy and purposeful life
Apprentice and Client Representative
Stacey is an island girl...born in Honolulu and raised in Nanaimo, she moved to Victoria in 1991 to complete her degree in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. She spent time working in a day program for at-risk youth, volunteering at the hospital in children's surgical day care and at a local women's shelter. The women's shelter ultimately offered her a position which she accepted.
Later she worked many years at St. Margaret's School for Girls in the international boarding program. While at St. Margaret's Stacey ran a trail riding club for the students.
Horses have always held a special place in her heart, but knowledge and experience was limited to some riding and a week of horse camp in her teens.
Taylor has been involved with horses for her entire life. Her deep concern for their welfare has resulted in a "whole horse' philosophy that led her to train and work under some of the most knowledgeable and experienced equine professionals in Canada, and fuels her ongoing study of classical riding and training, with its relationship to sound biomechanics and mental well-being.
Beginning as a toddler on her grandparent's horse farm, and continuing into her high school years, she was all about horses. Following her years at the University of Guelph, studying psychology, she apprenticed under former coach and breeder and now internationally-recognized equine behaviorist and horse advocate Tina Barnes on Vancouver Island. Back home in Ontario, she continues to lesson and ride in clinics with a select few trainers, FEI show jumpers and USEF dressage judges... always aiming to improve her own skills and shift perspectives to a "Horse First" approach among her colleagues and clients.
Hannah Roland is a Level Three Certified Medicine Horse Facilitator and is also currently studying traditional plant medicines.
Hannah brings a naturally grounding healing energy to the work we engage in at Thirteen Moons Farm.
She grew up among horses on Salt Spring Island, BC and was part of the horse showing world both on island and on the mainland of British Columbia. She first came to us as a client and after seeing a totally different way of being and working with horses she asked to learn more.
Hannah has been apprenticing ever since and is often left 'in charge' if by chance we need to be away from the farm for any length of time. Her gift of making new clients feel at home and safe is noticed by all....especially by the horses!
Her heritage is Scottish on her mother's line and Hawaiian / Coast Salish on her late father's side.
TINA MARIE BARNES
Tina brings an entire life of experience studying horses from a unique perspective, that of a emotionally sensitive being.
In her early days in the public school system she was labelled emotionally disturbed which in these days would be defined as autism.
This 'disturbance' led her to leave the school system in her early teens and into her comfort zone, being with horses and since 1986 she has been involved in an independent study of domestic herd behavior and integration.
DR. NAIDA HYDE
Naida grew up in Toronto, earned a BSc in Nursing at University of Toronto and realized her vocation when she discovered her love of working with chronic women patients in the provincial mental hospital and teaching nursing students from all over the province.
She went on to get a MSc as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing from Boston College, and then taught on their Graduate faculty for two years before returning to Canada to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Windsor.
She moved to Vancouver in 1977 and worked as psychologist in the Richmond Heath Department and then as Senior Psychologist in the Vancouver Health Department. She started a private practice working with women trauma survivors, pioneering work in assisting women uncover repressed sexual abuse/incest memories.
Dr. Hyde taught a succession of workshops in this area for a number of years through the Justice Institute of BC.
She then became Director of the Counselling Service at Simon Fraser University.