Who We Are

Yoga Outreach is possible thanks to our dedicated, hard-working team..

Staff

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Delanie Dyck

Executive Director

delanie@yogaoutreach.com

Delanie is committed to leading Yoga Outreach into a national organization. Under her guidance YO continues to expand its reputation; as an exceptional trainer of both yoga teachers and support professionals, as an outstanding provider of yoga to people facing multiple challenges in their lives, and as a great organization to volunteer for. As a result of her personal practice she became passionate about making Yoga more accessible as a means for healing. It is her belief that Yoga is a powerful tool for change and that simply by finding oneself on the mat each of us can change the world.

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Sarah Holmes de Castro

Director of Programs

sarah@yogaoutreach.com

Sarah Holmes de Castro is the Director of Programs for Yoga Outreach, working with volunteer yoga teachers and facility staff to deliver trauma-informed yoga programs and facilitating trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals. Since 2004, she has facilitated yoga programs in yoga studios, prisons, detox facilities, mental health facilities, corporate boardrooms, women’s transition houses, mothers’ support groups and more. She is also a yoga therapist, offering classes, workshops, and teacher trainings with Fine Balance Yoga, a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, and a guest instructor at Langara Continuing Studies. In 2010, Sarah began training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, facility under the directorship of Bessel Van der Kolk. She is a certified Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). TCTSY is an adjunct treatment for complex trauma or chronic treatment-resistant PTSD. She is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy, a certified Functional Yoga Therapist, and has training in Pain Care Yoga for chronic pain. Her practice is also informed by her own embodied experience as a survivor of sexual violence and exploring the cultivation of balance and vitality in the wake of trauma. Sarah is mother of two, and loves to host workshops exploring practices from yoga that support the energy, presence & steadiness useful in parenting. She is deeply committed to widening access to the benefits yoga and committed to understanding the wider societal injustices that create disease and difficulty for so many.

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Niki Lacey

Volunteer Coordinator

niki@yogaoutreach.com

Niki is an authentic, creative professional joining Yoga Outreach as our Program Coordinator. Niki holds a BA Degree in Child and Youth Care Counselling and is also certified in Outward Pursuits (Adventure-based Counselling) with over twelve years’ experience working with complex youth and families throughout BC and Alberta. She has a passion for identifying resilience and empowering others through strength-based, introspective practices. She regularly practices yoga, mindfulness, breathe and bodywork and hopes that by introducing these healing modalities to others they too can find more balance, peace and strength from within. In addition to her work with Yoga Outreach, she also runs her own business facilitating Team Empowerment Sessions with amateur sports team in the community, focusing on mental preparation, anxiety management, and team building.

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Sara Bylo

Director of Communications

communications@yogaoutreach.com

Sara has a diverse background in public relations, branding, visual design, and communicating for non-profit organizations. She is extremely passionate about empowering marginalized youth and adults, and, as a certified yoga instructor, knows that yoga is an incredible way to empower and connect communities.

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Nicole Marcia

Director - DoJ Project

nicole@yogaoutreach.com

Since 2004, Nicole has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. Nicole also trains yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-sensitive yoga theory, and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, Nicole has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Association at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions, where she developed a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction.
In 2010, Nicole completed the Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with Dave Emerson at the Trauma Center in Boston, MA, as well as a course on teaching yoga in military communities with Warriors at Ease in Silver Spring, MD. As a faculty member at Ajna Yoga, she designed and delivers the Therapeutic Relationship and the Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Mental Health and Addictions Courses. Nicole is a curriculum developer and instructor at Langara College Continuing Studies Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma, Resilience and Emotional Well-being Certificate Course, and the yoga programming coordinator at Onsite, the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site. Nicole is registered with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.

Board of Directors

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Laura Track

Board Chair

laura@yogaoutreach.com

Laura Track’s two greatest inspirations are the practice of yoga and the ideals of social justice. To her, Yoga Outreach represents the perfect union of the two. Laura has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, and obtained her teacher’s certification in 2008. Inspired by the transformative and healing influence of yoga in her own life, Laura has always sought to share yoga with those around her and has been volunteering as a yoga teacher with the YWCA since 2009. Laura became involved with Yoga Outreach in 2007 and is thrilled to deepen her engagement with the organization as the Board Chair. A qualified lawyer, Laura also seeks to use her education and skills to advance social justice, equality, and human rights through her work. She has worked with the Pivot Legal Society, a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to using the law to advance the interests of marginalized populations, particularly those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As well as West Coast LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund), an organization whose mission is to achieve equality by changing historic patterns of systemic discrimination against women through BC-based equality rights litigation, law reform and public legal education. She currently works as a staff lawyer for the BC Civil Liberties Association.

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Melanie Trerpanier

Board Vice Chair

Melanie has worked in marketing and communications for the past 6 years, applying her skills in the health food industry for a nutraceutical company. She holds a BA in French and English literature and is currently completing a Sales and Marketing Management diploma through the Sauder School of Business. Balanced lifestyles have been at the core of her understanding of optimal health and she believes that by moving the body we can free the mind. Melanie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher training in 2011. She has always believed in the power of Yoga to heal and she taught on a volunteer basis for 2 years with the understanding that yoga should be available to everyone. She is now really excited to share her professional skills in another area that she is passionate about and feels that through Yoga Outreach she can continue her work in helping people live healthier and more active lives. Melanie believes that building community connections is fundamental to health and wellbeing, it is the only way we can thrive in life and in business and she looks forward to helping Yoga Outreach increase their presence in the community through a clear voice that showcases all the amazing work that is being done by this organization.

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Shannon Piedt

Board Secretary (outgoing)

With a degree in Child and Youth Care, Shannon’s first career was as a youth worker in non-profit settings. She then went on to work in a hospital environment as a research manager, where she gained experience writing and coordinating research grant applications. On the side, she has been teaching hatha yoga to people of all shapes and sizes in community centres and living rooms for over 12 years. As her kids got older and a little extra time became available, she wanted to find a volunteer commitment that was a good fit with her skills and passions. She learned that Yoga Outreach was seeking a grant writer – a perfect merge! Since then, Shannon has been more and more intrigued by the Yoga Outreach approach and the amazing service being offered by YO. This prompted her to attend the Yoga Outreach Core Training™ and join the Board in September 2014. Believing in the value of contribution, Shannon is looking forward to serving YO any way that she can.

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Ashley Kearns

Board Treasurer

Ashley’s passion has always been to seek fairness and positive outcomes by examining the numbers. This led her to pursue a Master’s degree in economics, a career as an economist/regulator, many data-related volunteer stints, and now the position of YO’s treasurer. Ashley completed her Hatha and Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2014 after a series of health issues led her to seek out new outlets for learning and deepen her practice. When she isn’t busy regulating the financial sector, Ashley can often be found on her mat, using yoga asana and breathe work to help balance a hectic modern lifestyle and manage chronic illness. Ashley believes that yoga should and can be accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or financial individual-ness, and has seen how yoga can allow people to transform their lives.

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Jenn Lam

Events Advisor / Member at Large

Ashley’s passion has always been to seek fairness and positive outcomes by examining the numbers. This led her to pursue a Master’s degree in economics, a career as an economist/regulator, many data-related volunteer stints, and now the position of YO’s treasurer. Ashley completed her Hatha and Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings in 2014 after a series of health issues led her to seek out new outlets for learning and deepen her practice. When she isn’t busy regulating the financial sector, Ashley can often be found on her mat, using yoga asana and breathe work to help balance a hectic modern lifestyle and manage chronic illness. Ashley believes that yoga should and can be accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or financial individual-ness, and has seen how yoga can allow people to transform their lives.

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Kristin Eberth

Board Secretary (incoming)

Kristin is passionate about business, marketing and technology, and has deep experience in the tech, corporate and non-profit sectors. She is currently the Director of Marketing & Communications at PressReader, where she leads a global team. A former dancer, Kristin got into yoga 12 years ago to help round out her training. Before long she was hooked, and has benefited personally from an ever-deepening practice. She's a big believer in the power of yoga to heal and transform, so she has joined Yoga Outreach to help further their ambitious and important mission to make meaningful, trauma-informed yoga instruction more widely available.

Advisory Council

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Swarn Hardy

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Swarn's calling in life is to help people to live happier, healthier lives so that they, in turn, help make the world a better place. She has pursued education and training in the healing arts for the last 15 years, including the study of yoga and meditation, herbology, acupressure, and counselling. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Somatic Transformation Practitioner.
Swarn was born and raised in the natural beauty of British Columbia and has a deep love of Nature that forms the core of her beliefs and values. She had the privilege of living for ten years on the wild islands of Haida Gwaii. In pursuing her education, Swarn spent a year in Victoria, BC, studying acupressure, five summers in New Mexico studying yoga, and three years in the Bay Area of California studying transpersonal psychology. She recently completed a two-year training in Somatic Transformation, which focuses specifically on healing complex trauma.
Swarn lives in a wonderful community on Vancouver Island where she is involved with watershed conservation and yoga for social change. She has wide and varied interests that inform her work, from traditions rooted in ancient wisdom to modern neuroscience. To create lasting change, Swarn believes in working with the whole person– mind, body, and spirit. She believes that healthy people create a healthy planet, so when each of us heals, we help heal the world.

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Maggie Brennan

Registered Psychologist & Registered Yoga Teacher

Maggie is a Registered Psychologist and Registered Yoga Teacher, working in Vancouver, BC. Maggie first discovered Yoga in 2007. She quickly fell in love with the practice, enjoying the embodied physical practice, the meditative practice, and the intermingling of the two. As a result of these early experiences, Maggie decided to complete Yoga teacher training in 2008. Shortly after completing this training Maggie began her graduate studies in psychology. Maggie has been influenced by Yoga throughout her years of training to become a Psychologist and her continual professional development. She has sought training in mindfulness and self-compassion practices, she incorporates Yogic principles and practices into her work with clients, if and when it is fitting and desirable for them, and she has conducted research on incorporating Yoga in the treatment of eating disorders. Knowing the benefit Yoga can have on people’s lives under the right conditions, Maggie is honoured to be an advisory council member for Yoga Outreach. She welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the important work of expanding access to trauma-informed Yoga programs.