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.

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's 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. The past year, I started coaching a Metro boys team for WVSC as well.

 

Naz

Experienced sport leadership

After being a camp leader for over 10 years, Naz is looking forward to another great summer leading fun and engaging activities with the kids.  When asked what he brings to his role, he answered, “It's simple... I bring my love of sports to the camp and I try and introduce some of those sports to the campers.”

Naz currently works at North Vancouver Recreation & Culture coaching soccer, basketball and squash. He also runs afterschool programs at Montroyal and Carisbrook elementary schools.  

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 
Being a daycamp leader is the best job plain and simple... I love it because you get the opportunity to know a lot of amazing children. 

What's 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's your favourite food/meal?
That's easy, steak and garlic mashed potatoes...

 

Adan

Multi-lingual camp leader

New camp leader Adan is really looking forward to working with youth this summer after graduating high school. He has a passion for recreational sports, specifically hockey and hopes to get the campers inspired by recreation. Adan will be studying sciences this fall at university. 

 

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 special talents and/or qualities do you bring to your work as a camp leader?

On top of english, I can speak french and farsi fluently! Also, I am someone who likes to take initiative by being a sociable, outgoing, and active.

What other leadership experience do you have?

I used to be a hockey referee and a volunteer coach for the younger age divisions.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 

I have played hockey for 6 years and it is my favorite sport.  On top of that I enjoy working out at the gym and travelling.

 

Daycamp Leader EmmaEmma

Multi-talented instructor & camp leader Emma has spent over 5 great years working with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture as a skate instructor, daycamp leader and providing after school care. Entering her 4th year in Science at UBC, she plans to become a high school chemistry teacher.

What inspired you to work with NVRC and become an instructor?

I always really enjoyed camps and skating lessons when I was a kid and thought it would be a great opportunity to provide children with the same positive experience I had. I've always wanted an active job and that is what I found with NVRC; no day in the summer is the same and we are always moving about whether it's a game of tag or exploring Science World.

What do you enjoy about teaching?

I love seeing how proud a child is when they learn a new skill or reach a goal they've set for themselves. It makes me feel like I'm making a difference and provides the child with motivation to reach more goals.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy?

I love skating, playing field hockey, DIY projects and hiking. 

 

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's 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 ever lasting memory for my family. 

What's 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

Paige

Creative and athletic experienced camp leader 

Paige has been a camp leader for 4 years doing everything from the Harry Jerome adventure camps to arts and crafts camps and is excited to complete another summer. She has experience in a variety of recreation activities including basketball and sewing.  She will be returning to business school in September. 

Why is being a daycamp leader the best job ever? 

Being a daycamp leader is the best job ever because you get to have fun everyday and learn about each of the kids. Every child is unique and throughout the summer you get to build special relationships and see them grow. One of the best feelings is when its the end of camps and a child comes up to you and tells you that they can't wait for next summer so they can come back.

What special talents and/or qualities do you bring to your work as a camp leader?

I am an understanding, organized, creative, and athletic leader that is willing to learn new things.

What's your favourite camp memory as a leader?

My favourite camp memory was when we went to Kitsilano beach. The long bus ride was worth all the fun in the sun. We made sandcastles, dug for oysters, collected rocks, played in the water, and buried one of our volunteers in the sand. It was such a fun and beautiful day to be outside.

What recreation and culture activities do you enjoy? 

Soccer, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, swimming, arts and crafts, sewing, and baking

 

Daycamp leader SophieSophie  

Helping Kids have an Amazing Summer

Sophie is thrilled to be back for her fourth summer as a daycamp leader with Junior and Senior Outtrip Camps. She knows how much fun the children have when they visit new places and try exciting new activities. Sophie is planning to study 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's your favourite camp memory as a child?

Getting to go to places that I wouldn't normally spend time at and making friends with the other campers.

What's 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 9-12yrs at Delbrook!

 

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's 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 5-8yrs at Harry Jerome!