Leasa Gatschene

ALS Cycle of Hope 2013 - Leasa GetscheneLeasa was born right here in Victoria BC where, except for a short stint in Banff Alberta, she has lived her whole life. Leasa has always loved children and has immersed herself in their company for as long as she can remember. Babysitting turned into nannying, and then into family childcare when Leasa started a family of her own. She has three wonderful children Natausha 22, Kelsey 20, Devin 12 and one grandson, Logan who she attributes to being her rock, her homebase, her platform from where life takes its shape. As Leasa's children grew a little older, and she realized she STILL really enjoyed spending her days with them, she decided to go back to school and become an Early Childhood Educator. She graduated from the Camosun program in 2000 and after working in some really amazing centres, found her center at Cordova Bay Preschool where she is finishing up her 9th year of teaching.

A self proclaimed biopheliac, Leasa enjoys all that west coast living has to offer .... cycling, both road and mountain, running, kayaking, camping and hiking are what she lives to do. Leasa has been known to do some Olympic distance triathlon, MOMAR, and rode in the Ride to Conquer Cancer a few years ago.

Favourite Hero:

The children I work with. Any person or people who can face life's adversities and challenges with bright eyes, a wondering smile, an open mind, a heart full of love and the belief in this worlds endless possibilities is a hero in my eyes. I feel if we really want to know what is true and important in this world, all we need to do is spend time with children ...

Favourite Quote:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Lifetime highlight (s):

Besides the obvious ... Giving birth to my three amazing children, and loving  and watching them as they grow ... lifetime highlights include completing my first triathlon, completing my first MOMAR, bedtime stories & cuddles with my children, downhill mountain biking with my oldest son, ziplining with my kids on Mother's Day, hiking in and beach camping on mystic with my youngest son & friend, lying on the trampoline watching meteor showers, taking in the beauty from mountain tops, wine and talks with girlfriends, hiking Mt. Work with my daughter, and just today completing the Urbacity Challenge with my youngest son (who by the way, blew me away! So proud!!!)

Reason for participating in Cycle of Hope:

I have always had this fantasy about riding with the Tour de Rock, Cops For Cancer. Except I'm not famous, and I'm not a cop. So when my good friend Martine approached me with information about the amazing team Cindy Lister put together in 2012, and explained the amount of heart and soul that went into this project of awareness and funding for ALS and ALS Canada, I immediately felt a desire to be part of it. When I attended the information session and heard the real stories, listened to the brave (and heroic) voices telling of their experiences in having lived with loved ones suffering from ALS I was immediately in ... Please sign me up. I want to be a part of this. This is big. This is special ... So here I am and proud to be doing this for my third year 🙂

I could never have asked for a better 'team' of riders ... So whether it's Cops For Cancer or Cycle Of Hope, in my eyes I am so very lucky to be part of such an amazing group of people.