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.

Adan

Multi-lingual camp leader

Adan has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. He is currently going into his second year studying Sciences at UBC and can speak English, French and Farsi fluently! Adan is someone who likes to take initiative by being sociable, outgoing, and active!

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
I love this job because I really enjoy working with kids! On top of that, I get to make people's day better and act as a role model. It is a great feeling to know that a kid goes home excited to come back the next day.

What's your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Just seeing the kids excited to come back to camp the next day.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy playing hockey and working out at the gym.

What's your favourite food/meal?
My favourite food would have to be pizza or burrito bowls from Chipotle.

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

 

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 R

Future Science Teacher & Multi-talented Leader

Emma has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 7 years. She is currently studying to be a secondary school chemistry teacher and has worked for over 10 years with kids and youth through overnight camps, volunteering and NVRC work. Emma is a team player and loves to work as a team with the other leaders and supervisors to ensure camp runs smoothly every day

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Every day is different! The kids are energetic and fun and make the hard work worthwhile.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
I love going on big out trips like Cultus Lake Waterslides, Science World and the Aquarium! These are days the kids look forward to and it makes me happy to have a positive impact on their camp experiences.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy skating, softball, field hockey, tennis and soccer.

What is your favourite food/meal?
I love Greek food or Indian food.

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

 

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!

 

Isaiah

Athletic & Inclusive Leader

Isaiah has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 3 years. He will be going into grade 12 in September and plans on studying Business in university. Isaiah enjoys one-on-one conversations with children and creating an environment where kids are included and can be themselves!  

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is the best job and such a fantastic experience. I love being able to contribute to the many amazing experiences campers have over the summer. For example, being a camp leader gives me the opportunity to see kids go to so many different amazing places. I love seeing kids make friends and witness them creating exciting memories throughout the summer that will last a lifetime.

What's your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favorite memory as a camp leader is was last summer when we went to the Cultus Lake. 
At the beginning one of the campers was a little afraid of the slides and wasn't having a great time. I was a concerned that this child wouldn't have a positive experience. However, by going on smaller slides, telling jokes and much more this child was laughing and having a great time by the end of the day. It really showed how much of an impact just being there for a child can have on their camp experience.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
My favorite hobby is hockey but I also enjoy surfing, hiking with my dog, cooking and football. I love travelling with my family both abroad and locally. I love trying new restaurants and FOOD!

What's your favourite food/meal?
While my favorite meal changes fairly often, at the moment my favorite meal would have to be a spicy grilled (or fried) chicken sandwich with a side of yam fries.

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

 

Daycamp leader JenniferJennifer

Teaching and leading kids for over 20 years

Jennifer is awesome!  With 23 years’ experience with NVRC as a lifeguard and then as a daycamp leader and preschool program instructor, Jennifer knows how to keep kids active, engaged and learning.  Her creativity and commitment makes a difference with all the kids she works with.

What is your favourite camp memory?
I had the privilege of seeing both my children attend camps. The experiences they had making new friends and having a blast with the leaders is an everlasting memory for my family. 

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
It's what you see at the end of class, the children with happy faces and smiles from ear to ear who can't wait to show their parents what craft they made and how much fun they had. 

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I enjoy walking and yoga.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Daycampers In Training 3-5 year olds and Kid’s Club 2-4 year olds at Delbrook!

 

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!

 

Katie 

Ultimate Frisbee Team Player & Fun Leader

Katie has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 4 years. In 2016, Katie was part of TEAM Canada’s Ultimate Frisbee team, beating TEAM USA in the finals in Poland.  In January of 2018, her team won a bronze medal in Perth. She took this year off to enable her to compete in the World’s, but is continuing to work towards finishing her Bachelor of Tourism Management (Outdoor Education Concentration). 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Being a daycamp leader is the best because you get to play with kids all day and make them smile and giggle. I've also found that I have met some really great people through this job. This job is also just so much fun in itself, never a dull moment.

Growing up, I have always had a crazy amount of energy. That being said, I am never really tired, unless it's the last week of camps so I am always up for doing anything with the kids. I also always have a smile on my face, always having fun!

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
My favourite memory would probably have to be when it was super hot 2 summers ago and we just had the biggest water fight in the middle of a field. The mood of the kids changed after the water chaos from tired and hot to happy and cool.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
Growing up in Lynn Valley made me fall in love with the outdoors, so I love to ride my bike, swim, hike, and run. I am currently on Team Canada for ultimate frisbee. 

What is your favourite food/meal?
I LOVE sushi.

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

 

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!

 

Madigan 

Artist & Enthusiastic Leader

Madigan is an experienced camp counsellor, having previously worked at YMCA Camp Elphinstone for 3 years. She is currently working towards a Bachelor in Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Madigan is enthusiastic to support youth in her care in ways that best engage the camper.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because I genuinely enjoy and am passionate about connecting with my city’s youth, and have fun doing so. Summer is my favourite season and spending it going on fun adventures with daycamp is great!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I played in the North Shore Girls Soccer League for 12 years and it is my favourite sport. I am an artist and designer and my art practice is one of the most important things to me.

What's your favourite food/meal?
My favourite foods include any kind of pasta, burgers, and strawberries.

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
HJ Adventures 9-12yrs 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 5 years and has led a variety of camps ranging from art camps to sport camps. She is currently a third year 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 when we went to Second Beach Pool. It was such a beautiful day in the sun and we had a day full of fun activities like swimming, field games and water olympics!

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

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

 

Rylee

Future Law Student & Empathetic Leader

Rylee has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 2 years. She has been working in various positions at NVRC for 5 years.  She is currently studying psychology but will be attending law school in the near future.

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever?
Recognition. I like to make sure that every child I work with in camp feels seen and heard. Taking the time to really listen and understand where a child is coming from can make all the difference in how they will remember their time at camp.

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
Forest time at Hunter Park!

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?
Sports camps, birthday parties, and skate shop with NVRC, leading circles with The North Shore Restorative Justice Society, and working at Hollyburn Family Services.

What is your favourite food/meal?
Chicken wings!

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

 

Sam

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!

 

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!

 

Victoria

Accomplished leader and student athlete 

Victoria has been working as a NVRC camp leader for 4 years now. She has done both sports camps and day camps. She started working here because she was already a volunteer wrestling coach for kids in her area and thought this would be a fun way to spend her summer. 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a camp leader is the best job ever because it is our job as leaders to ensure that kids have a fun filled summer in a great environment. And what could be better than that?

What is your favourite camp memory as a leader?
There's so many memories to choose from, but I would say most of my favourite memories are when we make crafts with the kids. It's always a ton of fun to see what they come up with, and how making new things makes the kids happy.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 
I wrestled varsity for U of Alberta and I enjoy playing beach volleyball 

What's your favourite food/meal?
Arepas (Venezuelan food) 

Which camp will you be working at this summer? 
Fun Factory 5-8 year olds at Harry Jerome!