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Meet The Team

Shana Nicholls

Owner/Operator
Program Director

When you work with Shana, you benefit from her direct approach to creating simple solutions, her kind spirit and her lived experience. Shana knows what it feels like to overcome adversity and make the 'shift' in mindset and behaviours...

Shana was born into the home of a violent, vicious, alcoholic father and a traumatized mother. Her mom was strong enough to eventually get away but... It leaves marks. It sets a tone.

After decades of time,  dysfunction and S.H.I.T.ty behaviours, Shana sought out the education and mentorship to learn how to overcome her pitfalls. She learned how to turn her stress into strength. It’s by far the hardest thing she's ever done!

She is a change maker! Through Confident Kids Canada, Shana creates a learning environment that goes beyond 'theory' and instead launches you into ACTION & EXPERIENCES that change behaviours (and lives!) ON THE SPOT! A place where people 'get it' and can build the solid foundation they need for ALL  future growth!

 

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The Teachers

Callie

Callie

Equine Assisted Learning Teacher

Callie makes an impact on everyone who meets her! Although she is huge and noble, she may overwhelm you with her presence until you realize she has the nature of a large dog who loves attention! Having planned and raised her from birth, we have bonded with Callie and imprinted her with a calm and  a confident attitude since day one. Bred to be a show jumping horse, Callie was instead introduced to EAL because of her outstanding personality. It paid off! She is showing wisdom beyond her years and has brought great value to the program by providing participants with safe, teachable moments. Don't be surprised if Callie tries to hold her own rope or to 'help' put on her halter with her dexterous lips! While Callie shows patience and interest in the EAL program, she will also wander off or take a break if no one is in charge. Perfect for teaching leadership, commanding participant involvement, and adding her unique personality to inspire creative problem solving, Callie will point out your strengths and limitations with her glorious and clever charm!

Haley

Haley

Equine Assisted Learning Teacher

Haley is a star! Originally boarded at our farm, she was abandoned by her owner after getting injured in a wire fence as a two year old. We took on the task of doctoring her for nearly two years after the injury and during that time she proved herself worth keeping. Young, injured and untrained, Haley displayed unconditional trust towards us even when she was shaking with fear of what was happening to her. Never once did she refuse to cooperate! Haley gives you her whole attention and always tries to please, which prompted us to try EAL with her. She loves it! Super in tune with her handler(s), Haley teaches participants to take a calm approach with trust being her core value. If a group is experiencing conflict or communication breakdown, Haley's sensitive nature will quickly make them aware of the problem. She approaches everything with a willing attitude, and looks for direction and support from her handler(s) to see it through. She is an ideal teacher of self-awareness and communication, who inspires a willingness to try in everyone who meets her!

Belle

Belle

Equine Assisted Learning Teacher

Belle is a sweet little girl with just the right blend of trust and sensitivity. Her ears twitch like a radar as she carefully assesses the personalities of her teammates. She seeks trust and confidence from her handlers and is calm and forgiving as participants learn these values. Even though she was rescued from a neglectful situation, it was apparent that she was destined to become a lesson horse for kids. However, it was discovered that she had a back injury that prevented her from being ridden. She now enjoys life as one of our awesome teachers at Confident Kids Canada!

Cody

Cody

Equine Assisted Learning Teacher

Cody is a beautiful addition to the team! He is a willing partner unless he senses no leadership - then he stops participating (perfect for teaching EAL!) Cody was donated to Confident Kids Canada due to their limited ride ability. Although Cody is only 12 years old, he has developed arthritis in his fetlocks (ankles) which causes him to trip and stumble with too much exercise. He's found a whole new purpose at Confident Kids Canada though! He will never be ridden and he has the nature to teach so many people the value of learning effective communication skills! Known to flap his lips up and down for no reason, nibble on clothing and untie shoelaces, Cody always looks for leadership in his teammates. (Where are your boundaries? What is appropriate assertiveness? Do you have self confidence...?) Cody asks all of these questions! He's a big horse with a kind eye and a willing heart. Cody is sure to engage participants as they work towards their personal development.

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Casper

Equine Assisted Learning Teacher

Casper is an absolute ‘keener!’ He’s the first to greet you at the gate and he’s always ready to participate. In fact, Casper is so eager to please that he sometimes becomes socially ‘awkward’ just trying to fit in with his herd. He wants, so much, to be liked & gets super insecure when others are rude. A beautiful teacher of kindness, Casper shows participants how a resilient, flexible attitude wins the day!
No matter what happens, he is willing to stop, think and try again. He is a true inspiration of growth & confidence & everyone who meets him feels it!

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