Founder | Director | Mentor
Kelzï Montpetit (which means Little Mountain) is Metis and Anishinaabe, she was raised on Hornby and Vancouver Island, where nature and art were the foundation for her early years. Her passion for developing quality youth programming stems from her childhood as a home learner - where interest, child lead learning was the norm in her community and children were encouraged not only to nurture their many interests but learn from a myriad of methods and mentors. She has been working with children since the day she was able to carry a baby on her own, as she proudly comes from multiple generations of Foster Parents.
She received a diploma from Victoria College of Art, her teacher assistance training from Montessori Teachers College and has completed a variety of outdoor education programs. Kelzï has taught art at Montessori art studios for children, assisted neurodiverse learners in different school settings, worked as the Youth Program Director for South Island Pride and has established and run her own licensed playschool for 7 years running.
Ru has been working in outdoor education for almost 6 years, most recently with Oak and Orca Bioregional Forest School, and is a certified Forest Nature School Practitioner. They love to bring art, music, wilderness skills and storytelling into their teaching. As an educator, they hold space for holistic and inquiry learning styles while providing structure as needed and supporting the emotional, physical,spiritual and intellectual safety of students.
Emily grew up in the flatlands of Alberta with a strong foundation of independent making and learning. From her Grandmother’s kitchen to a BFA in Theatre Performance, her approaches to facilitation took shape through play, environmental exploration and storytelling. She is excited to work in ways that encourage spontaneous and shared creativity.
Emily has worked with children and youth for over 4 years in activities coordination, program creation and leading in summer camps and out of school care contexts, and as a houseparent and advisor to a core group of high school students. Emily has also received training in the care of youth challenged by anxiety, depression and trauma.
Emily feels very lucky to be among folks who provide the freedom and grounding experience of place-based programming. She is overjoyed about Little Mountain Earth Arts and everything it has to offer the youth and communities involved.