Graduates – Nicaragua 2013

Chas Petraitis

Whistler, BC

Chazzie, you are a delight. You were laughing when the rest of us were sick and grumpy for two days. You are a little big kid and one of the most optimistic people I have ever taught. I could learn a lot from you.

Heather MacDonald


Returning grad. Miss Heather, you are one of the most receptive and easy-going students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching…twice! You have a willingness to go raw and real more than most and have accelerated beyond borders over the last few years. I am so happy I was a part of it.

Emmanuelle Rousseau

Vancouver, BC

Oh mademoiselle! You are a creative, enigmatic genius nut ball and that’s why we all love you. Thank you for blessing us with your inquisitive mind, quirky delightful input and wild exposition of teaching.

Julie Lattimer

Pemberton, BC / Vancouver, BC

Oh Jules! What a treasure chest of tall-gorgeous you are! Just like the other second-timers, to teach you again has been an honor. I’ll say it again, you’re a walking romance novel, lead heroine (but not in a Danielle Steele kinda way, more like Shakespeare meets Sophia Copala’s lead actress).

Jodi Dodd

Whistler, BC

Jodi! What an honor to have a fellow teacher (who is already such a phenomenal teacher) come learn with me. Girl. You got it goin’ on with your quiet charm and dry humor. I got nothin’ on you. You are awesome beyond measure and everyone loves you.

Boyd Thomson

Vancouver, BC

The man of our group! You are our who slowly but surely won the race. You have an uncanny ability to make everything better…including fixing broken clocks with scotch tape and a headlamp.

Sally Hutcheon

Vancouver, BC

Our sweet, tea leaf angelic delight. You are one of those women who will continue to shake the earth’s darker pockets in a steady, respectful way. You’re one of the good ones on the front line and a shining example of not needing to be loud to be noticed.

Christy Long

Kootenays, BC

What a laugh! Your transformation was literally seeping out of your rosy-cheeked pores at day 28 and I swear your teeth even got whiter. You dug deep into your 30-something guts and decided you will forever be a part-time 18 year-old! Yes!

Ramone Bissett


Oh Ramone! You are as fierce as the punk rockers. You taught me so much about how I can be a better teacher…it’s insane. Thank you for your bold, brazen, committed, Amazonian woman contribution to our time together. You are a leader even when you don’t want to be. Welcome to the club.

Kanami Anderson

Squamish, BC / Japan

What a treat to have you come again! You were our last minuter, so deserving of the Passion Project Scholarship. I watched you one morning stand in the middle of the beach, eyes closed, as the sun rose above the jungle, quietly paying homage to its beauty. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful when I wasn’t watching. You are such a beautiful person.

Heather Durward

Ucluelet, BC

Winner of the best laugh, random teller of travel-tales and killer surfer girl. You are such a bold and brave woah-man! You sounded something like, Oh ya, I hiked that mountain, backwards with my eyes closed, carrying 50 pounds with an indigenous tribe that I took part in a 48 hour ceremony with. I didn’t know anybody and I was eighteen. (No big deal…as we slurp back our dinner and listen in silence.)