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Mae Moore

Executive Director

I have always been drawn to the earth, to work with my hands and walk lightly through the garden. I appreciate food that I have grown and understand the labour that it takes to feed oneself. My husband and I collect rainwater for the garden and greenhouse, and store our food in a solar freezer and refrigerator powered by solar panels. We grow apples, cherries, blueberries, figs, persimmons, hazelnuts, plums, peaches, strawberries, asparagus and a myriad of vegetables...all without chemical interference.

I am a musician, a painter, and I love to walk and care for our two senior horses. Oh--and I am the Executive Director of Heartwood Folk School in Coast Salish territory.


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Patricia (Pat) Holborn fell in love with the Gulf Islands during childhood cycling trips from Sidney, and has settled on Pender Island after decades of travel as an early childhood educator, teacher educator and early learning and literacy consultant.

Pat tries to balance grand-parenting, gardening and family care with participation in the Heartwood Folk School and the Pender Island Choral Society. 

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Mark Benson


After finishing high school, Mark found himself on a full tuition scholarship in Japan where he completed his undergraduate studies and Master's degree in bio-industry, specializing in organic farm management. After returning to Canada, he spent 15 years in organic agriculture during which time he also became passionate about natural building and fine finish carpentry, which is his primary occupation now as the owner/operator of Wood & Clay Homes on Pender Island. He also works as a part-time sea kayak guide for Pender Island Kayak Adventures, and a water quality & filtration consultant.

Mark and his wife Mariko, whom he met while working as a translator in Japan, have three young children (8, 6 & 4) and love living on Pender! They are passionate about sustainable, healthy living, and love sharing and learning these skills.


Everest  Lapp


My most meaningful project is raising my children. I’m an intuition based sculptor of space and form at Elevation Design Studio. Passionate about preparing for the future by honouring the past. I see myself as being valuable to Heartwood by helping to create an environment for learning (a physical space where people can gather and learn).


Trevor Erikson


Trevor Erikson is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine specializing in the natural treatment of skin disease and other inflammatory disorders (

He is also a Dad, a husband, a musician, a writer, a photographer, and a homesteader. He runs his herbal pharmacy on his mini-farm on Pender Island, building gardens inspired with food, beauty (Trevor loves roses) and medicine.

Yvonne Mackenzie


On a visit to Pender in the 80's, Yvonne thought she was just passing through in search of the community she dreamed of; 30 years later she is still here after building her home and and learning that “do it yourself” and “respect your neighbours” are often the only options for many aspects of Island life.

Yvonne's background was in journalism, children's advocacy, social work and justice. On Pender, she found many rich opportunities to apply her people skills and penchant for grass-roots organizing and has been involved in either co-founding, chairing, facilitating, and volunteering for over 25 different community groups. These include: Pender Island Childcare Society,  Dragonfly Child Care & Family Resource Centre (former director), Restorative Justice Program (Co-ordinator), Women's Resources Group, Safe House network, Pender Play Group, School District #64 Adult Continuing Education (Co-ordinator), Pender Speakeasy, Gulf Islands Poetry Festival, Spirit Circle women's group, parent education, step-parenting support, Reiki exchange, meditation, family mediation, PAC, Food-Co-op,
Choir, Fall Fair, Bear Mother pole carving, Recycling, youth Skatepark, Teen drop-in nights, Cubs, Plum Tree seniors recreation and OT, and poetic medicine.

Yvonne is a quiet, behind the scenes person, but she believes passionately in the power of community engagement and the fact that everybody has a unique gift to bring to the circle whether the conversation is about building, healing, creating or service.