Meet the Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators
Gwendolyn Donohoe, PhD
Gwen has been working with horses for over 25 years and is a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. She is also the owner and manager of Sagehill Stables and has a PhD in Animal and Soil Science from the University of Manitoba, where she continues to work as an instructor.
Gwen has realized the profound impact horses have had on her own life and strives to help others realize the amazing connection that horses have with people. To help reach these goals, Gwen also founded the non-profit Connecting Through Horses to help others experience horses that are not financially able to.
Growing up on a farm, perusing her education and owning a business have given Gwen many different life experiences and she has overcome many challenges to get to where she is today. This experience and life perspective is a valuable asset to all our programming and clients at Sagehill Stables, but especially the Equine Assisted Learning clients that she works directly with.
Meghan's background is a social worker and our newest addition to the Sagehill Team.
Meghan of Wilson Wellness Therapy seeks to support
individuals in creating lasting change for themselves. When individuals experience stress or trauma, it is not uncommon to develop coping mechanisms that
assist us in staying safe - at least for a period of time. It is also common that the efficacy of these coping
tools diminishes and that they no longer serve us. Meghan applies a
holistic approach and takes from various modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical
behavioral therapy, mindfulness based therapy and emotion focused therapy. Meghan has worked with a
variety of demographics, spending years working front lines in community mental health and addictions.
Meghan has worked with both adults and youth - trauma being the main focus. She has worked in a
variety of settings to provide crisis, individual, group, couples and family counseling.
Meghan also gets a lot out of spending time working with horses - she is an aspiring horseman who is
consistently taking lessons and apprenticing with those in the equine community. A big question she
sought to find the answer to was how to bridge her career as a mental health practitioner with her
passion for horses. Meghan has been busy! She is a CHA certified riding instructor and is working on
completing an EAL certificate program through Equine Connection Canada. When Meghan is not at the
barn, you can find her jogging with her dogs or spending quality time with family and friends.