About

In 2006, Momenta was founded by Lise and Sara to meet a need in Manitoba to provide year-round, accessible therapeutic adventure programming that meets best practice and is research-based. We design programs that incorporate our core values, themes from the participants’ daily lives and agency-defined therapeutic goals and aspirations for their groups. This includes, but is not limited to: leadership development, character building, positive peer relationships, group cohesion, and coping strategies. 

We teach to and lead by our values in Treaty One Territory, ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and homeland of the Metis Nation;

  • Have Fun: We are engaging, we are adventurous, we are passionate
  • Take Care of Each Other: We are approachable, we are mentors, we are a community
  • Be Respectful: We are inclusive, we lead with humility, we are strengths-focused
  • Commitment: We are purposeful, we are authentic, we are accountable
  • Be Safe: We are professional, we are guided by best practice, we have good judgment

Momenta integrates a strength based perspective, TRC calls to action, and radical inclusion in all aspects of work done.

Momenta is a B Corp: Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.

B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The values and aspirations of the B Corp community are embedded in the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.
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Momenta’s clients include CFS agencies, school divisions, youth serving agencies, First Nations, new Canadians, youth in conflict, youth in care and youth with medical and/or behavioural diagnoses, as well as the staff teams that work with these groups.

Our Team

Lise Brown
Facilitator and Owner

Lise Brown, BRS, RSW, MSW, began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation in 2001, a Masters of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012, and the Forest School Practitioner training in 2015. Lise combines these areas of practice to provide clinical direction, facilitate groups and counsel individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity and group cohesion. Lise is on the Forest School of Canada Facilitator team with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and sits on the board of the Association for Experiential Education.

Sara Harrison
Facilitator and Owner

Sara Harrison, BA, ACCP, EMT, has been sharing experiences with clients in remote areas since 1998. She has an undergraduate degree in Criminology, completed the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training Program, is a graduate of the Applied Counselling Certificate Program and is a provincially licensed EMT. Sara instructs Paddle Canada canoe and kayak courses as well as Sirius Wilderness Medicine courses. She specializes in leadership development, risk management and the design and implementation therapeutic adventure and outdoor education programs across Manitoba.

Tavia McKinnon
Director of Youth Programs

Tavia McKinnon, BSW, RSW, is a bilingual social work graduate from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She mentors, counsels, and leads Momenta clients in a variety of therapeutic adventure programs. She values fun and authenticity in her work, and is passionate about helping individuals, families and groups build healthy relationships and spend more time outside.

Adrian Alphonso
Director of Clear Paths

Adrian Alphonso is passionate about indigenous perspective cycling programs, and leads on Treaty One Territory land, to honour reconciliation. He delivers inclusive, accessible cycling programs with the goal of inspiring a connection to the land. He has devoted his life to a journey of discovering.  He is a commuter, a coach, a professional stunt rider (Trials), a bicycle technician, a passionate guide and ultimately, dedicated to the outdoors.

Maddie Newell
Director of Foresthood

Maddie Newell wants to share the benefits of taking children outside to learn, to connect people with the plants, animals, and spirits of the land. Maddie is an Early Childhood Educator, certified Forest School Practitioner and holds a diploma in Behavioural Science.

Zev Robinson
Director of Expeditions

Zev Robinson is a graduate of the Adventure Guide Diploma at Thompson Rivers University. He is very passionate about facilitating growth, and providing new experiences in the outdoors. He is a certified guide and instructor in a number of different activities and environments.

We take pride in mentoring program participants who are interested in outdoor education and youth work to progress into volunteer and staff positions with our organization.