Camp Leader Bios

Our exemplary team of camp leaders have been chosen for their experience, abilities and dedication.  They are committed to ensuring a safe and fun daycamp experience for your child. Take a moment and let us introduce them to you.

Adam

How long have you worked with NVRC?
I have been with the NVRC for 5 years and in that time I’ve taught more sport programs then I can count, preschool programs, and 4 summer’s worth of various summer camps.
What other experience do you have working with kids?
I spent one summer working with West Vancouver as a gymnastics coach as well as 3 months as an intern at West Vancouver
What are you studying?
I am in my 3rd year of the Recreation Management Degree Program at Langara College.
 
Why is being a camp leader the best job ever?
Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because you get to create a bond with children who are excited to be there every day and try new things. When they are excited it makes me excited and confident that the day or week or whole summer will be great!
 
What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite memory as a leader was the last day of camps where some of the kids in my group got to “pie” the leaders. There was nothing but laughs and smiles while all of that was going on!
 
What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I love going on hikes and exploring the great outdoors, biking, travelling and I love CrossFit!
 
What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite food is a big chicken burrito with everything!
 
Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
This summer I will be working at Harry Jerome doing the HJ Adventures Camp.

 

Anna 

Fun Loving & Active Leader

This is Anna’s first year as a NVRC camp leader. She has a Kinesiology degree from Western University and will be starting her BEd at UBC in September. She has worked as a coach for Sportball, at Hollyburn Country Club planning their summer camps, a site manager at Pedalheads, a lead coach of Cycling BC's iRide program, and has captained various sports teams throughout high school. Anna has high energy, likes to have lots of fun, and loves playing active games.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
I love meeting and getting to know all the children and developing relationships with them as the week goes on, as well as having fun with them through various activities and making their summer camp experience memorable.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
As a leader, my favourite camp memory was during Spring Break Camps, the entire week was so much fun as we had great leaders and a particularly fun group who all gelled well and became very close. On Friday as we were all saying goodbye the kids exchanged numbers and planned to get together outside of camp, and I recently ran into a few of them all hanging out and they said they were best friends after our week at spring break.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I love to play sports, mostly soccer, basketball and field hockey. I also love to be outside, especially in the sun! Some of my favourite activities to do outside include skiing, hiking, camping, and swimming in the ocean.

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite food is sushi!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp JBCC LoLo 6-8 year olds at John Braithwaite!

 

Christine 

Positive & Creative Leader

Christine has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 10 years. She has always been involved working or volunteering with children and is currently a teacher in the Burnaby School District. Christine loves to have fun, laugh, be creative, positive and very patient.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
New experiences every single day, no matter how many times you have been to one place it is different based upon who you are with. Spreading happiness and creating new memories with campers every day.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Helping a student overcome their fear of dark places and heights by going on the "blackhole" at Splashdown with them and laughing the entire time.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy going to all the local parks and beaches to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us every day.

What is your favourite food/meal?
It’s a toss-up between pasta and sushi.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Jr. Outtrippers 6-8 year olds at Delbrook!

 

Elise 

Dancer, Globetrotter & Imaginative Leader

Elise has been working for the NVRC for 2 years running Kids Club and the afterschool programs. She will be starting university in the Fall as she took 2 years off to work/travel. So far she has visited 12 countries this past year!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
There is so much to see in Vancouver and with day camps we get to explore it all!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I have tap danced for 14 years and have taught tap dance in the past.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Jr. Outtrippers 6-8 year olds at Delbrook!

 

Emily 

Positive Role Model & Outgoing Leader

Emily has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 3 years.  She has worked with children between the ages of 2-12 years. She is currently a second year student at Queen’s University studying Global Development and Film. Emily is a positive role model for young children, as well as a happy and outgoing spirit with lots of creativity!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
I love being a daycamp leader! It is a high energy position with different events taking place every day! I love interacting with some of North Vancouver’s happiest little people, as well as my amazing coworkers and the rest of the community!

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite camp memory as a leader was right before I left to Queen’s. I had a group of young children I had worked with for the entire year prior, and as a goodbye gift, everybody signed a card and gave me big hugs. It helped me see what an impact my role has on the community, and it was a moment I will never forget.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I love swimming, rock climbing, and yoga! My hobbies include writing, running and spending time with my dog.

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite food is sushi!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Kiddie Capers 5-6 year olds at Delbrook and Camp Lynn Valley 5-6 year olds at Lynn Valley!

 

Emma S

Responsible & Friendly Leader 

Emma has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. Currently, Emma is a lifeguard and swim instructor. Emma brings qualities like leadership and responsibility that she has gained through her years of job experiences.  Emma graduated from high school last year and plans to take a few years off to work in the recreation field. She hopes to have another amazing summer filled with great memories! 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
It's amazing seeing how much you can help improve a child's life. The impact we have on the child's future makes it all worthwhile! 

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
There are so many good memories but I think my favourite is when everyone gathered in the forest to play forest games. 

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy staying active and going to the gym and swimming. 

What is your favourite food/meal?
Pizza & Sushi!
 
Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
West Coast Explorers 9-12 year olds at Ron Andrews!

 

Eveonne 

Attentive & Compassionate Leader

This is Eveonne’s first year as a NVRC camp leader. She is a fourth year student in the Teacher Education program at the University of Victoria. She has worked at an after school care centre as a child care leader, been a mentor soccer coach to a U11 girls soccer team and has worked in two classrooms as a student teacher. Eveonne is always willing to learn and try new things!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
I love being a daycamp leader because I get hang out with a variety of unique individuals every day. Throughout the summer I get to build amazing relationships with all the kids. 

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I love playing sports! I've been playing soccer since I was 6. I am open to giving any sport a try.

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite meal is mac 'n cheese and honestly anything with cheese sounds good to me.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp JBCC Trekkers 9-12 year olds at John Braithwaite!

 

Hailey 

Upbeat & Optimistic Leader 

Hailey has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. Before NVRC, she ran camps out of Chief Joe Mathias Centre. She is currently finishing her third year at UBC, completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Speech Sciences with a minor in First Nation Studies. Hailey is able to bring forth an upbeat energetic attitude each and every day. 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
The best part of being a day camp leader is truly having a positive impact on the camper’s summer! It is incredible seeing the smiles on the camper’s faces while on different out trips and various activities we take part in.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
I have many favourite camp memories as a leader, each day brings something new and exciting. However some of the most memorable moments include watching new friendships flourish and the excitement that is brought to camp each and every day.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I have always enjoyed playing soccer and continue to play competitively. I have played on various teams including the Capilano Blues Varsity team and Squamish United a division one team. I also enjoy being in the outdoors, biking, hiking and swimming. Being a member of the Squamish Nation I have grown up taking part in traditional dance groups showcasing aboriginal dancing and singing.

What is your favourite food/meal?
Greek food is my favourite! I could eat chicken souvlaki, greek potatoes and pita every single night of the week.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp JBCC LoLo 6-8 year olds at John Braithwaite!

Hannah

How long have you worked with NVRC?
I have worked with NVRC for 1 year. Last summer I was at Delbrook and Parkgate. At Delbrook I was a leader in the Kiddie Capers and Kids Club camps. At Parkgate I was teaching the babysitters course and cooking camps. During the school year I lead Professional Day camps at Delbrook as well as Spring break and Winter break camps at Ron Andrews. 
 
What other experience do you have working with kids?
Before becoming a leader I was a volunteer at NVRC for 3 years. I have volunteered with the Special Olympics in my spare time for 2 years helping out with their North Vancouver basketball program. 
 
What are you studying?
I am going into grade 12 at Windsor Secondary School. At Windsor I am in French immersion. I am thinking about studying Business at the post secondary level. 
 
Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because every single day is new and exciting. Working with kids is so fun and exploring the city with the kids is a blast!
 
What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite memory is having big soccer tournaments on William Griffin turf. 
 
What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I love any sports mostly field hockey, soccer, and ultimate frisbee!  I also love anything to do with the water swimming; waterskiing, and tubing are some of my personal favourites. 
 
What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite food is sushi!
 
Which camp(s) will you be working at this summer? 
I will be with Camp Kirkstone 6-8 year olds at Karen Magnessen!
 
Additional note: Don’t confuse me with my twin sister, Paige, who is working at John Braithwaite this summer in Camp Lolo with 6-8 year olds!

 

Jessica 

Active & Crafty Leader

Jessica has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 6 years. She currently goes to the University of Victoria, studying Anthropology. She has spent her whole life in North Vancouver, and has been pretty active; hiking, playing soccer and volleyball, ultimate frisbee, swimming! Jessica is into DIY projects, and this summer she is hoping for some good (slightly messy!) craft days.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader just means that no day is ever boring or stagnant. With new places every day, and loads of new faces throughout the summer, daycamps are an incredible way to spend a summer! Making lasting connections with the kids makes coming back every year the easiest choice!

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite camp memory is taking the kids to the trampoline park for the first time - they were all so excited and anywhere you stood there were kids flying past you, calling things out as they jumped by. It was such a good energy, and really just summed up exactly what summer camp means to me.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I love the water, and so in summertime I love being down in Deep Cove, swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. I also have 2 dogs, so I am always trying to find new hiking trails with them. In the Winter, I love snowshoeing and snowboarding!

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite food is hummus, and so that is a staple in my lunch kit all summer! I also love Indian and Thai foods!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Sr. Outtrippers 9-12 year olds at Delbrook!

 

Joel 

Future Firefighter & Energetic Leader

Joel has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 6 years. He is certified as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and is currently enrolled in the Paramedic Academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia while also studying to become a Firefighter. Joel tries to bring energy and laughter to his camp and campers every day. He is a great communicator and likes to make his campers feel safe and comfortable at all time.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is incredibly rewarding. I love to leave my mark on kids hoping to have the best summer ever while teaching them whatever I can, whether it’s making a simple bracelet or something important about life. 

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Going down the slides with the campers at Cultus Lake is definitely my favourite memory. Lots of laughs and good times!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I love Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Golfing, Cliff jumping, Ultimate. Trying to learn the guitar. My special hobby is being an incredible dancer.

What is your favourite food/meal?
Chicken Strips and Plum Sauce!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Sr. Outtrippers 9-12 year olds at Delbrook!

Jordan

Outdoorsy & Cool Headed Leader

Jordan has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. He is from North Vancouver and will be going to UBC for his second year, studying engineering. Having grown up with a couple siblings, Jordan is patient with children and is able to keep a cool head if any conflict arises.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
There are so many new adventures and people! I really love working with children because they always ready to have fun and stay positive.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite memory as a leader was going to Cultus Lake Waterslides with the camp. We all had a ton of fun and it was great watching the children.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I really like to spend time outside, especially being near the water. My favourite sport is soccer, and I'm always up for a game.

What is your favourite food/meal?
Pizza

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp Kirkstone 6-8 year olds at Karen Magnussen!
 

Karen

Creative & Positive Leader

Karen has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 5 years. She is currently going into her fourth year of University at SFU, pursuing a joint major in Criminology and Psychology. Karen is always finding ways to bring her creative side to camp!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Being a daycamp leader gives me the opportunity to have a positive impact in childrens’ lives. It’s great to see them having fun at camp and gaining new strengths and friendships every day.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
There are so many great memories to look back on from camp, but Cultus Lake Waterslides is one that always stands out. Being out in the sunshine and having races down the waterslides with the kids is a super fun time.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I really enjoy kickboxing! It’s such a great workout and helps build self-confidence.

What is your favourite food/meal?
You definitely can’t go wrong with ice cream!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp JBCC Trekkers 9-12 year olds at John Braithwaite!

Keeley

How long have you worked with NVRC?
I have worked with NVRC since 2016. Predominantly with sports camps with some after school programs and Kid’s Club at Ron Andrews.
 
What other experience do you have working with kids?
I have coached volleyball for years at a number of age groups.
 
What are you studying?
I am in the nursing program at UBC Okanagan.
 
Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
I love getting to interact with young people and hopefully build relationships that they can look back on and smile. I want to facilitate a positive relationship with recreation and physical activity to reinforce healthy habits.
 
What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite memory is too hard to pick! I have had so many positive experiences with so many amazing young people. I truly appreciate every interaction so much.
 
What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I play varsity volleyball at UBCO and I enjoy going to the gym and working out.
 
What is your favourite food/meal?
I love macaroni and cheese.
 
Which camp(s) will you be working at this summer? 
I will being working at Harry Jerome Fun Factory this summer.

 

Kelsi 

Team Player & Athletic Leader

Kelsi has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. She is currently studying Kinesiology and was a varsity athlete at Capilano University for 5 years. Kelsi has a lot of experience working as part of a team and knows lots of games for the kids to play! 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because it's the most fun you can have while working! The kids are always great and every day is a different adventure.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
When I was working Happy Campers (ages 3-5) last summer and all the kids decided to go down the slide in a train formation! It was the sweetest thing and they all laughed the entire way.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I love to sit in the sun and read! I also still play volleyball recreationally.

What is your favourite food/meal?
I love spaghetti. I could eat spaghetti every day for the rest of my life!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Fun Factory 6-8yrs at Harry Jerome!

 

Naz

Experienced sport leadership

Naz has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 12 years, and has actually worked at all the facilities.  He is a sports instructor throughout the year, coaching soccer, squash and basketball.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
It's amazing because you get an opportunity to meet some great kids. You also go all over the city with the campers and enjoy doing all the activities with them

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Knowing that kids go home happy after camp will always be the best memories. 

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
Swimming, skating, playing sports, going to the art studio, and the gym are what I enjoy doing at our community recreation centres.

What is your favourite food/meal?
Steak and seafood!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp Nye 9-12 year olds at Karen Magnussen!

 

Noah

Sports Lover & Active Leader

Noah has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 3 years. He loves sports and is very active!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because I love leading and teaching!

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Going to Cultus Lake Waterslides every year is a highlight!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
Any type of sports!

What is your favourite food/meal?
Sushi and Pizza

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Jr. Outtrippers 6-8 year olds at Delbrook!

 

Oliver 

Outdoorsy & Nature Loving Leader

Oliver is a second year student at the University of British Columbia and is currently planning on studying International Relations.  He has lived in many different areas of the Lower Mainland including Burnaby, Richmond, and North Vancouver. He has attended many different schools and met many people from different backgrounds.  This experience helps him relate and connect with the many participants in his camps.  He was raised knowing the importance of nature and the outdoors.  This has given him a lot of information to help teach others about their local nature in fun and interesting ways.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
I think being a daycamp leader is the best job because it allows us as leaders to teach and learn from many different participants. It is also an amazing opportunity to work with and contribute to the local community.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy being outside and enjoying the nature around North Vancouver through activities like Hiking. I am also an avid biker and will take any chance I have to take a bike ride around the city and trails. In my free time I also enjoy reading and listening to music.

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite meal is a soup and sandwich with ice cream for dessert.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp Lynn Valley 5-6 year olds at Lynn Valley!
 

Paige

Creative and athletic experienced camp leader 

Paige has been working as a NVRC camp leader 6.5 years and has led a variety of camps ranging from art camps to sport camps. She is currently a student in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. Paige is an understanding, organized, creative, and athletic leader that is willing to learn new things.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? I love being a daycamp leader because I get to meet so many amazing children and build relationships with each of them throughout the summer. Every day is exciting and new, and I look forward to making this summer one to remember!

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
It’s hard to choose just one memory, but one of my favourites was last summer when we had a massive water balloon fight outside and then spent the afternoon swimming. It was a beautiful day and we spent it having fun in sun!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
Soccer, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, swimming, arts and crafts, sewing, and baking.

What is your favourite food/meal?
I love ice cream!! Chocolate chip cookie dough is my all time favourite!!!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
HJ Adventures 9-12 year olds at Harry Jerome!

 

Sam A

Active Leader & Coach

Sam has worked with NVRC for 15 years  and the North Vancouver School District since 2003 as an SEA.  He has two passports, Finnish & Canadian and has travelled extensively to many places on the globe.  Born in Toronto, Sam moved to the West Coast in 2001.  His experience going to eight different schools growing up and moving 40 times in his life has taught him to be very flexible and adaptable.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Well, let's see... I get to be a kid again every summer and get paid for it!

What's your favourite camp memory as a child? 
Most of my great camp memories as a child were at sleepover camps in Ontario, but probably my favourite ones were playing all kinds of crazy games, running through forests, swimming and getting to make new friends. 

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader? 
Too many to name, but one of my best memories was working on a summer camp/ranch one year where we had rodeos at the end of every week. Wednesday nights we would hike up in the hills with our cabin full of campers and fall asleep by the campfire under the stars amongst all the wild horses. Pretty sweet!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy a wide variety of activities, but where you will find me most is trail running through the North Shore forests, diving on the beach for volleyballs, catching some waves, and hitting the ice once in a while. I still play competitive Men's soccer and have worked for NVFC as a development coach since 2010. This past year, I started coaching a Metro boys team for WVSC as well.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
West Coast Explorers 9-12 year olds at Ron Andrews!

Sam G.

How long have you worked with NVRC?
I have been working with NVRC for 8 years. I have worked with Arena camps, and Camp Lynn Valley and I have subbed for Out trippers.
 
What experience do you have working with kids?
I've been teaching skating lessons with NVRC since I was in grade 11. I have counselled Outdoor School and I am now the head leader of Kids Club, an afterschool recreation program at Karen Magnussen. 
 
What are you studying?
I go to SFU and I study English but I'm planning on completing my PDP after I get my bachelor’s degree in hopes of becoming an Elementary School teacher.
 
Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
I love working with the kids and it allows me to play everyday while gaining experience in childcare. I am constantly learning new ways to help kids realize their own potential and have fun doing it!
 
What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
I treasure any days where kids have the freedom to be creative and seeing what they create on their own is my favourite part of the day.
 
What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I practice and teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I enjoy weight training in the mornings and biking around in the summer!
 
What is your favourite food/meal? 
I like anything green! My favourite meal would be a huge smoothie full of tropical fruit, chia seeds, and kale!
 
Which camp(s) will you be working at this summer? 
I will be working with Camp Lynn Valley this year!
 
 

Sama 

Sama has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. She will be going into grade 11 in September and her favourite class in school is the theatre class, she loves to act! Sama is always in a positive attitude and outgoing! 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because it's so fun! I get the awesome opportunity of meeting new people, new campers, and going to new places. I also love doing different and fun crafts.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
One of my many memories as a camp leader is all the beautiful drawings and cards I received from the campers! I always love to see how much thought and effort they put into the drawings; it always puts a smile on my face.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
Some of my favourite hobbies include swimming, acting, and kickboxing.

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite meal is roasted salmon with steamed vegetables. I also love pizza!

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Jr. Outtrippers 6-8 year olds at Delbrook!

 

Sarah

Cultured & Entertaining Leader

Sarah has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. She has worked at North Vancouver Recreation and Culture for about 5 years. She has taught climbing and sport classes, babysitter training, as well as led birthday parties.  Sarah just finished her second year of University studying corporate communications.  Sarah loves learning new things, meeting new people and having fun!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
It is the best job because we get to explore our city, meet new kids every week, and build new relationships. I also love when we have the same group of kids that come back week after week.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
I have so many favourite camp memories, but I love getting to know the kids 1-on-1 on the long bus rides, and I also love watching kids experience new things for the first time. Cultus Lake Waterslides is always one of my summer highlights!
I spent 4 summers working at a sleep away camp. At this camp I experienced many different roles such as cabin leading, running activities, working in the kitchen, and I also dishes and cleaning.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I love soccer and softball. I played both competitively until I graduated high school. Now that I'm in university and I’m not a part of any teams, I love hiking and running or anything outdoors. I also love travelling and experiencing new cultures.

What is your favourite food/meal?
I love sour gummies! (Sour Cherry Blasters are my favourite)

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Fun Seekers 6-8 year olds at Ron Andrews!

 

Shannon 

Energetic & Knowledgeable Leader

This is Shannon’s first year as a NVRC camp leader. She has a Psychology and an Education degree and is currently a grade 6/7 teacher.  Shannon is an energetic and knowledgeable leader that has been working with kids for a number of years.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
I am so excited to be able to work with kids every day and watch them explore.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Playing all the different games and meeting new people.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy playing soccer in my spare time.

What is your favourite food/meal?
Pasta.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp Lynn Valley 5-6 year olds at Lynn Valley and Kiddie Capers 5-6 year olds at Delbrook!
 

Shaun

Physical Literacy Advocate & Engaging Leader

Shaun has run summer daycamps for 7 years, 6 in the Yukon and 1 in Vancouver with the YMCA.  He has his diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as a certificate in Personal Training.  He will be studying in continuing fitness certifications in the fall. Shaun has taught physical literacy skills to children over his many years of working in recreation, and brings a wealth of active, engaging games as well as an energetic demeanor. 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Being a daycamp leader is great because you get to create a unique and safe experience for children and help to develop their physical literacy skills. As well, it is an engaging and healthy environment for leaders and children alike.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite memory as a daycamp leader was working a child who was very shy and wouldn't engage with the group. We suggested she lead the group and use her imagination to create a story of where we are going, what we are seeing, etc. From that point on she was lively and creative and took on a leadership role within the camp.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I have run physical literacy programs, youth programs, preschool programs as well as teaching squash and soccer lessons. My hobbies include fitness, nutrition, juggling, cooking.

What is your favourite food/meal?
My favourite meal is homemade Mac N' Cheese.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Fun Seekers 6-8 year olds at Ron Andrews!

 

Sophie  

Lively & Enthusiastic Leader

Sophie has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 4 years. She knows how much fun the children have when they visit new places and try exciting new activities. Sophie is studying Child and Youth Care.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Being a daycamp leader is the most rewarding job I have ever had. Every day is different and exciting. Knowing that I have the ability to make a child have an amazing summer is a pretty great feeling.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
It's hard to pick one memory from my time as a leader to call my favourite. There is at least one thing a day that happens that touches my heart or makes me laugh so hard it hurts, and those are always my favourite memories.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
Dancing has been my hobby since I was just 3 years old. I started out doing ballet at the Rec Center and then was given the opportunity to teach ballet classes a few years ago. I still remember my ballet teachers from back then so I always hope I make the same impression on my students and campers as my teachers did on me.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Camp Outtrippers 9-12 year olds at Delbrook

 

Sylvie 

Traveller & Fun Leader

Sylvie has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 3 years. She is going into her last year at Handsworth Secondary as a grade 12 French immersion student. Sylvie brings a fun, patience and experience and is pretty good at colouring!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
I love being a role model and having fun everyday with all the kids!

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
There are way too many to choose from. I love outdoor activities so probably bringing all the campers to the forest and building a fort.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy doing CrossFit and soccer. I also love to travel. I have been to places like Australia, Vietnam and Europe!

What is your favourite food/meal?
I eat anything and everything! Especially Chipotle and Starbucks coffee.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Kiddie Capers 5-6 year olds at Delbrook!

 

Ted 

Positive & Energetic Leader

Ted has been working with children and youth camps for the past 15 years and with the NVRC for 2 years. He is currently a secondary school English teacher with the North Vancouver School District, and a minor hockey coach at the North Shore Winter Club. Ted is a positive and energetic individual who encourages every camper to be involved and engaged in all of the activities being offered during the camp. 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
I enjoy being a day camp leader because this job gives me an opportunity to remain connected with youth in a purely social and recreational context. Being able to provide a safe environment in which youth can be themselves, while also developing their independence, is something that I really look forward to being part of every year. Although the out trips are a central component of the Daytrippers Camp, the opportunity to establish new friendships and relationships is what makes the Daytrippers Camp a truly positive experience for those who attend.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy playing sports, such as hockey, baseball, and golf. In addition, I am a huge fan of music... although I have zero music talent myself! During the summer I try to spend as much time outside as possible, whether that means going to the beach, hiking on the North Shore trails, or just hanging out at a local park. I also enjoy camping, and I have spent many months backpacking and camping all around the world: specifically throughout North America, Central America, and Europe.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Daytrippers 12-15 year olds at Harry Jerome!