Staff Profiles

Roxanne Carter-Thompson | Denise Cheverie | Lynn Glydon | Kate Gotell | Meagan Jeffrey | Suzy MacIntyre | Julian Ramos | Marlene Gotell | Kirstin Lund | Clara Roche |
Roxanne Carter Thompson: Staff

Roxanne Carter-Thompson

Executive Director

Roxanne Carter-Thompson is the Executive Director of the Adventure Group. She started working with the organization in 1993. Over the years Roxanne has developed, co-ordinated and implemented projects in the areas of crime prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, literacy, parenting, and social development with children to name a few.

Roxanne previously taught a course at UPEI called “At The End of Your ROPE: Unravelling Group Conflict.” This course counted as 14 credits towards Conflict Resolution Certification.

Roxanne also taught the benefits of Adventure Based Programming to first year Holland College Sport and Leisure students and an elective course for the second year Sports and Leisure program.

Roxanne has a strong background and extensive training in Adventure Based Programming, Behaviourial Sciences, Human Relations, Organizational Behavior, Communications and Management Development. Roxanne has facilitated over 800 workshops in such areas as respect and diversity, personal growth and self awareness, leadership, problem solving and team building for the community, government and corporate sectors.

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Denise Cheverie: Staff

Denise Cheverie

For the past decade I have worked at The Adventure Group, supporting youth and their families to gain the skills needed to move forward and make healthy, positive life changes in order to break the cycles of generational traumas. I have facilitated workshops with those in the corporate world, high school students, sports teams and entrepreneurs guiding them to identify and recognize their strengths and challenges through experiential learning.
My roles have varied from my early beginnings, starting as a summer Camp Coordinator, ROPES Course Facilitator, Life Skills Program Facilitator / Coordinator and currently is in the role of Outreach Worker and providing EFT sessions to clients.

Since being introduced to this life changing technique in 2010, I had a vision to have my own practice one day so that I could share this powerful self-help tool with others. With my lived experiences, and my ability to connect with people, it made this a very natural evolution.

While helping others heal and unlock their potential at my day job, I practiced self exploration and excavating to heal the parts of myself that were stuck and wounded from past experiences.

I accredit EFT as the positive turning point in her emotional healing and well being. My vision of becoming an Accredited Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner and having my own practice has come to fruition with dedication, self-love, patience, perseverance and hard work.

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Lynn Glydon: Staff

Lynn Glydon

Lynn Glydon is a spirited, energetic and devoted member of the Adventure Group family. From the inception of the Adventure Group in 1992, Lynn has been contributing her love for fun, her ability to connect with others, and her problem solving skills as a Facilitator of Personal Growth Workshops and summer programs, reaching youth from over Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

She is passionate about helping others discover and utilize their own potential. She has a strong background in the areas of Life Skills Training, Adventure Based Facilitation, Leadership Development and Self-Esteem programming. Lynn has delivered life, parenting and employability skills programs since 2004 to youth ages 16-30. Over hundreds of youth have successfully completed these programs with Lynn’s guidance and as a result, they were able to make significant changes in their personal and work lives.

She is now using that experience to mentor and coach individuals through the Proper Program. Lynn mentored under Clara Roche for two years before completing her Life Skills Coach Training in March of 2006 through Holland College.

Since then she has attended numerous training days and conferences that have contributed to her skills in adventure based facilitation. In 2015 Lynn received The Adventure Group “Champion for Youth Award” for her dedication to work with the youth of Prince Edward Island.

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Staff: Kate Gotell

Kate Gotell

Kate originally joined The Adventure Group in the Spring of 2018 as a job coach with the Prosper Program where she worked with adults aged 18 to 60. She literally got down in the dirt with clients supporting them to make positive changes in their lives all the while working in farmers’ fields. She has recently returned to The Adventure Group after a year of maternity leave and continues to challenge herself as a new mother and as coordinator and facilitator in the Life Management Program.

Her gentle nature, key skills and abilities allow her to relate to the emotions and experiences of others generating positive changes in our clients’ lives.

Her passion for food and laughter helps bring people closer together, strengthening bonds and creating lasting connections between participants in her programs.

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Staff: Meagan Jeffrey

Meagan Jeffrey

Meagan’s story is an example of how there is power in never giving up on your dreams. When she first heard about the Adventure Group back in 2007 through her college training, she was immediately inspired by the A.G.’s mission statement and made it a goal of hers to someday be part of the organization.

Fast forward through years of learning, Meagan enthusiastically joined the Adventure Group as the Life Skills Facilitator in 2020 bringing with her a colourful leadership background. She has experience in developing and leading Adventure Based programming for people ages 5-30 across Prince Edward Island and loves how every group she works with challenges her thinking and expands her growth mindset.

The spark Meagan has for helping others live their best life and her “from the heart” approach brings clarity, direction, and positive support for her clients.

“Each of us is a story, waiting for a devoted reader, who will help us off the shelf and embrace all our plot twists.” – John Mark Green

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Staff: Suzy MacIntyre

Suzy MacIntyre

Suzy has worked as a Job Coach with the Adventure Group since the Fall of 2020. She found herself at the AG doors, at a time when she needed support after suffering a great loss and was also exploring a new career that better aligned with her core values. After completing one of the Life Skills & Career Development programs, Suzy accepted a job offer and hasn’t looked back. She often jokes around when sharing her story: “I took an amazing program with the Adventure Group, and they kept Me!”. She knew she was right where she was meant to be.

Suzy has a diverse employment background in PEI. Her early life was spent working in the Food & Tourism industry, which led her to complete a two-year program through Holland College in Travel & Tourism Management. She spent the next 10 years in managerial roles in both corporate retail settings and most recently, in PEI’s agriculture sector. Her diverse experience and skills in management, customer relations, human resources, and logistics have created a solid foundation to which she is now able to support and offer guidance to our program participants. Through sharing her own lived experience, she hopes to ease the minds of those who may have a fear of moving forward in life and helps them recognize all the skills they already possess that will help them along the way.

“Little by little, the bird builds the Nest.” – Haitian Proverb. This is a saying Suzy likes to share, as a reminder to celebrate your progress and accomplishments, no matter how big or small.

Suzy’s love for nature and helping people really is what keeps her waking up with a smile every day. Her favorite place at work is when she’s training at the R.O.P.E.S. Course, nestled under the canopy of the old growth trees, working with groups and watching the magic unfold.

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Staff: Julian Ramos

Julian Ramos

Program Coordinator, Summer Camps & ROPES Course

Julian is originally from Colombia (in South America), and he found his way to The Adventure Group when he was a Sport and Recreation Management student at Holland College. Julian joined The Adventure Group in March 2022 as the Program Coordinator of the Summer Camps and the ROPES Course. He is passionate about outdoor adventures and how through these experiences personal growth can exist. He has a background working for the YMCA in California at Camp Whittle. It is one of the largest YMCA camps, receiving between 300 and 500 children per week during the summer. For three years he was the ROPES course coordinator which included a Ropes Course in trees with 3 high ropes elements, 2 real Rock climbing spots, two ziplines, a climbing wall, and a variety of low ropes activities. During his fourth year, he was the Seasonal Program Director.

Additionally, he is a geologist with more than 10 years of experience conducting exploration field trips in search of natural resources. During his travels, he had the opportunity to visit different cities and remote places, helping him to create a sense of patience, simplicity, observation, and appreciation of nature and many different cultures.

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Marlene Gotell: Staff

Marlene Gotell

Marlene joined The Adventure Group in the fall of 2017 where she worked with the Harvest and Prosper Program. She came to us with an extensive background in workshop development and facilitation. Some of her workshop development includes a series of 12 hour workshops focusing on Personal Development, Self Esteem, and the over 50 Worker re-entering the world of work. Marlene currently spends her time at the Adventure Group working as Coordinator and Lead Facilitator with the Prosper Program.

She is an educated and skilled Personal Development, Life Skills and Career Development Coach. Life Skills is based on everyone has their own answers.

If you were to ask past clients how did Marlene Challenge you? You would hear them say, “I was challenged to look within myself to discover the barriers holding me back in life. I was guided to the tools needed to help make sense of these barriers and how to overcome them. I was motivated to look toward the future instead of dwelling on the past.” You would also hear that “Marlene challenged me to get out of my own way. She encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try a new approach.”

Marlene is known for saying one of her greatest joys at work is to nurture an environment that builds trust and healthy self- esteem, guide clients to an understanding of the concept “Equal I, Thou” and then, start running to catch up to them.

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Staff: Kirstin Lund

Kirstin Lund

Contract Facilitator

Kirstin Lund began her career as a lawyer in 1994 and almost immediately found herself drawn away from adversarial processes to collaborative conflict resolution. She has been providing service as a mediator, facilitator, and conflict resolution consultant and trainer since 1996. She has mediated disputes in various contexts, with a particular focus on workplace and organizational conflict. Kirstin has been delivering training in mediation, collaboration and conflict resolution skills since 1997, in University classrooms, around boardroom tables, at outdoor challenge courses and online. She has been a skills assessor and trainer for Family Mediation Canada’s national certification program since 2003 and is a certified MBTI practitioner specializing in personality type and its impact on conflict management. She can be found online at collaborationschool.com and in real life in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Staff: Clara Roche

Clara Roche

In memory- A true inspiration and guiding spirit

Clara Roche believed that life was an adventure, designed to be lived to the fullest. Over the course of her career as a social services worker, she has contibuted to the community and the lives of many through her vibrant spirit, her warm hugs and her vigor for life. She believed that the most remarkable thing about life, and the only thing we can control, is attitude. She inspired the attitudes of everyone she met, guiding through compassion, respect and dedication.

Clara had the gift of making whomever was in her presence feel like they were important. She always took the time to
care, listening with an open mind and heart, not because she had to but because she wanted to. She modeled the power of conviction, never taking “No” for an answer and never accepting the words, “I can’t”.

At the Adventure Group, she helped others move forward with their lives and recognize their worth, helping them climb the ladder, cross the rope and let everything else go. For the last decade, at the end of each program she would say her final goodbyes, and announce her retirement; however, she always found a reason to come back. She could not retire from being herself.

Clara Roche was an incredible mentor, leader and co-worker. She will be truly missed and never forgotten.

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