About Us

Derek Jean — Deep Nature Connection Mentor

Derek has practical knowledge and experience working with the 8 shields Cultural Mentoring Model helping people connect with nature, each other and self. He has also worked with youth at risk in expeditions based wilderness therapy organizations. He spent 15 years guiding wilderness trips by canoe, dogsled and sea kayak throughout Ontario, Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island. During several years sailing the Alaska and British Columbia coast, Derek was invited to walk the path of the Vision Quest with a revered elder on Vancouver Island. He is now committed to helping people connect with the greater awareness within and to live in right relation with the earth.


Jane West, BRecL, TRS — Recreation Therapist

Jane West joins the Expeditions for Life team with a strong background in recreation therapy. Her passion for connecting with people in the outdoors and sharing her love of wilderness expeditions has been leading her on her life’s journey since her teens. Jane’s career in recreation programming and business development has come full circle from the self-development model of Outward Bound, to the realm of eco-tourism and now into wilderness therapy.