Who We Are

The team at Yoga Outreach consists of an amazing group of passionate people who deliver programs, lead the organization, and build connections with our growing community.

Our volunteer board of directors apply their legal, financial, business, and marketing expertise to overseeing the governance and future vision of Yoga Outreach, while our staff manage the daily operations of Yoga Outreach, deliver training programs in the community, recruit & mentor volunteers, and build meaningful relationships in the community to make yoga more accessible each day.

Staff

Delanie Dyck, Executive DirectorDelanie Dyck
Executive Director
She / Her

 

Delanie prides herself on being professional, nimble, creative, and diligent. She’s known for her commitment to, and passion for, creating innovative ways to share yoga and mindfulness-based practices with folks facing barriers.  Always looking for ways to deepen impact and support sustainability, Delanie enjoys the challenges of working in the non-profit world. She is always striving to make Yoga Outreach an organization with a social justice focus that can thrive in the world, be great to partner with, work for, and volunteer with. In her personal life she’s a bit of a renaissance woman with a passion for projects, whether in the garden, kitchen, construction, or craft, she has a deep love of creating things. She might seem tough, but once you get to know her, you’ll find her open and kind-hearted.

 

Delanie loves:
  • Cats (she has 3 orange ones)
  • Leonard Cohen (sigh)
  • Kitchen witching (you can often find her making a good potion)
  • Good fiction (if she’s not kitchen witching she’s reading)
  • Fresh sheets dried on the line (is there any greater luxury?)
Sarah Holmes de Castro - facilitatorSarah Holmes de Castro, MA, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT, YACEP
Director of Programs
She / Her

 

Sarah was born and raised in the UK where she lived until 2003, and now lives on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Lekwungen-speaking Coast Salish People. Embodiment has always been her jam, from early days in grad school exploring feminist collaborative art-making and the body, through til now. Her work as the Director of Programs at Yoga Outreach, as a trauma-informed yoga therapist at Fine Balance Yoga, and as a facilitator and trainer in TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) with the Center for Trauma & Embodiment is all about creating opportunities for people to discover and cultivate embodied resilience in a way that works for them. She’s a firm believer that any conversations about ‘self-care’ need to take place within a context of community care and with a focus on equity.

 

Sarah loves:
  • Bug-hunting & geocaching with her kids
  • Splashing/swimming/surfing in saltwater
  • Hot cups of tea on a cold day
  • Socializing & solitude, in equal measure

Nicole Marcia - Lead FacilitatorNicole Marcia, MA, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT, YACEP
Director of Training & Mentorship
She / Her

Since 2004, Nicole has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives. Nicole also trains yoga and healthcare professionals in the trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree with a specialization in yoga therapy from Lesley University in Boston, MA. From 2008 – 2017 Nicole served as Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and at Riverview Hospital, where she developed and delivered a comprehensive yoga therapy program for in-patient clients in various stages of recovery from mental health and addiction issues. From 2009 – 2018 she taught at Onsite, the rehab arm of North Americas first safe injection site in Vancouver’s downtown east side.

At present, in addition to maintaining a private practice working with public safety personnel at Boreal Wellness, Nicole is a program director and teacher trainer with Yoga Outreach. She provides trauma informed yoga programming to the residents at Deborah’s Gate, a program serving women who have been trafficked into situations of sexual and/or labor exploitation and Tupper Nova, a day treatment program for youth who have serious mental health concerns. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a member of Bridge for Health and the Breathe Network which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners.

Nicole loves:

  • Weslowski
  • Riding my bike
  • Swimming & hiking
  • Hosting dinner parties for friends

Ariel PavicAriel Pavic
Volunteer Coordinator | Core Training Registrar
She / Her

Born and raised in White Rock, BC Ariel has been smashing the patriarchy ever since raising her hand in her Catholic elementary school to question the priest on why he said only the girls were supposed to bake pies while the boys were being encouraged to shovel the driveway when it snowed. Ariel has been shoveling her own snow ever since. Ariel has been teaching hatha yoga asana and movement education since 2002 and was a Labor and Birth support Doula. As a passionate community volunteer, she has contributed her energy to Pregnancy Outreach programs, Planned Parenthood, Parkcrest Children’s Centre, Girl Guides of Canada, Burnaby Horseman’s Association, Burnaby Lake Pony Club, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion. Ariel spent close to 5 years as the Coordinator for BC People First, a society run by and for people who are labelled with a developmental disability. When not working, parenting a teenager, volunteering, householding and being a wife she can be found riding her new forest pony, Piper or walking her rescue dog, Thomas.

Ariel loves:

  • food, especially the kind she doesn’t have to cook herself
  • thrift store “start the car” finds
  • matcha tea lattes extra foamy
  • any & all things horsey

Wendy GoldsmithWendy Goldsmith
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
She / Her

The right words can welcome people into a special world where you feel included and understood. Since first learning to read, Wendy was convinced that words could unlock literal magic; to that end, Wendy logged 10,000 hours journaling and writing poetry, at first from a farm in Alberta, and then recording the cultural differences she discovered while building a communications skill set in jobs around the world. She learned clarity teaching English in Taiwan, commitment to brand at a Scottish pensions company, user experience from an international web design studio, factual accuracy from editing magazines, and interview skills from writing articles about credit union visionaries. Her constant is a commitment to vulnerable, beautiful authenticity. You’ll find her at events connecting with interesting people, and worrying about whether attendees feel welcome and comfortable, particularly when she’s supposed to be organizing the technology. During office hours, she’s a passionate writer and communication strategist. Away from the desk, it’s her pleasure to spend time helping newcomers navigate Canadian culture, teaching yoga for mental health at a Neighbourhood House and at the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, and joining climate-centred political movements. She’s delighted to bring her passion for truth-telling to a non-profit that believes in the empowering magic of language. 

Wendy loves:

  • Dystopian fiction
  • Poetry prompts & open mics
  • Viewing the sky through a canopy of leaves
  • Shady forest walks

Board

Laura TrackLaura Track
Chair
She / Her

 

Laura Track is a human rights lawyer, step-mom, and movement enthusiast, whether on two wheels, two legs, or two hands. She currently serves as Yoga Outreach’s Board Chair, and teaches yoga classes to folks in addictions recovery at Pacifica Treatment Center. Laura has lived her whole life on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh nations, and reflects often on her responsibilities for promoting truth and supporting reconciliation as a white, settler woman living on stolen Indigenous lands.

 

Laura loves:
  •  Submerging herself in an ocean, lake, or good book
  • Coaxing nourishment from the earth as a (very) amateur gardener
  • Hiking in the hills of this beautiful land with her family
  • Getting upside down
Vandana Sood Yoga Outreach Board Vice ChairVandana Sood
Vice Chair
She / Her

 

Vandana is a lawyer who works at a local community legal centre that provides services primarily in family law to self-identified women. Vandana has practised yoga for a long time and cannot imagine life without yoga. To her, it is much more than physical asana, it is a lifelong practice which can provide solace and an anchor, and which includes ahimsa (non-harming and compassion) and karma yoga (service to others). Vandana is a strong believer in the power of community and is very excited about how Yoga Outreach brings the social justice and yoga communities together.

 

Vandana loves:
  • playing with yoga & movement
  • forests, ocean & mountains
  • her pile of books
  • slow mornings
Carrie WertheimCarrie Wertheim
Treasurer
She / Her

 

Carrie is a Regional Manager, Community Business at Vancity Credit Union. She is a native Montrealer and has lived in BC since August 2016. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University.  She likes to stay very active in the communities where she works and is part of the Women and Finance Advisor’s Panel for the SSFPA (Small Scale Food Processor Association) in addition to her work with Yoga Outreach. She has participated in various loan review boards (CSBFA and Youth Employment Services) and now sits on the judging panel for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards. During her time in Montreal, she guest lectured at various Universities and acted as an executive board member at the Just for Kids Foundation.  In BC, Carrie has participated the planning and execution of various events to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital, Kids Help Phone and the Children’s Wish Foundation.

 

Carrie loves:
  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Road cycling & spin classes
  • BC mountains
  • Her labradoodle Parker
Melanie Marchuk
Secretary
She / Her

 

Melanie has over 17 years’ experience working both formally and informally advocating the needs for at risk youth. In addition, travelling and working with various cultures have been a great interest of hers. In 2008 she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work within the 10 years of her practice she has worked both at the local and international level. In 2009 she volunteered as a social worker at a hospital in Ghana Africa. Her role included community capacity building where she collaborated with various governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as having the privilege to work with women and children affected by HIV. Melanie’s passions have always been focused on networking within the community, linking services to empower the lives of individuals and being an advocate for children in care. Yoga is a great passion of Melanie’s. It was introduced to her in 2009 and it has been the love of her life since. In 2017 Melanie lived in an ashram at the birthplace of yoga—Rishikesh India—to further her knowledge of yoga and Vedic philosophy. There she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training to extend the therapeutic value of yoga to others. Combining her professional knowledge from social work and her yoga teacher training, Melanie aspires to create from the inside of each individual.
Melanie loves:
  • Travelling
  • Yoga
  • Hiking & trail running
  • Reading eastern philosophy
  • Enjoying sunsets & beach life in her Kitsilano community
Jennifer Lam
Member at Large | Events Advisor
She / Her

Jennifer is an event coordinator and clarity coach for aspiring entrepreneurs. She is driven by the vision of others and contributing to its fruition through her work both in event planning and as a coach.  A curious, creative, and multi-passionate entrepreneur, Jennifer strives to bring intention and meaningfulness into every facet of life.  After over 10 years in the event industry, she wanted to contribute her professional skills to an organization supporting individuals affected trauma.

Combined with her passion for yoga and its power to heal, she was inspired to work with Yoga Outreach.  Having travelled extensively and worked internationally, she draws on her lessons and values to connect with the community. She can often be found soaking in nature, connecting with like-minded souls, or seeking out a new adventure.

Jennifer Loves:

  • Reading
  • A hot cup of tea
  • Anything Pumpkin Spice (Bring on the Autumn season!)
  • Seawall or nature walks
  • Expansion of the mind through travel and experiences
Shivam Kishore
Member at Large
He / Him

 

Shivam leads and manages technology sector initiatives at the Vancouver Economic Commission, combining his educational background in biomedical engineering with his passion for seeing tech enable positive and sustainable change in societies. Over more than a decade in the professional services and consulting sector, Shivam’s technical expertise and strong business acumen has benefited technology-focused firms ranging from Global 100 enterprises to entrepreneurial startups.

Shivam has lived and worked across five continents and traveled to more than 50 countries.

Having received his ordination as a lay monk, he strives to live and experience yoga in his everyday life and explorations. A certified yoga instructor and a mindfulness coach, he strives to foster compassion, self-awareness, mindfulness and community in every interaction.

Shivam Loves: 

  • Exploring Cultures
  • Cooking
  • Playing Music
  • Chatting Philosophy

Our Commitment

Yoga Outreach believes the diversity of experiences, ideas, individuals, and organizations in our community make us stronger. To create a more just and engaged world, we must embrace and celebrate diversity, practice inclusion, and be a champion of equity.

We recognize diversity in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Age
  • Citizenship
  • Class and economic circumstance
  • Disability, mental illness, and neurodiversity
  • Education and professional experience
  • Geography and community size or location
  • Language
  • Physical appearance and body size
  • Race, ethnicity, and country of origin or nationality
  • Religion
  • Sex, gender, and gender identity
  • Sexual orientation and identity

While we are committed to addressing diversity as an intersectional issue, we believe the foundation of this work is rooted in racial equity, due to the dominance of white supremacy in all systems of oppression.

We accept that our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) means a commitment to constant learning—we will make mistakes, but we are determined to learn from them and to improve.

To be transparent and realistic, we also acknowledge that our capacity as an organization means we cannot always implement inclusive measures to the level that we may like (such as providing content in multiple languages). We are accountable to ourselves (both as staff and board) and to the community, and are creating regular opportunities for reporting on our work, progress, mistakes, and plans.

We encourage and invite your feedback. To support accountability and to be accessible as we continue to do this work, we hope that you will share your ideas, questions, and experiences with us. You can do so by contacting us by phone (604-385-3891) or email (info@yogaoutreach.com) at any time.

With thanks to NTEN for their inspiration for this statement.