Bio Coming Soon!
After a couple years on the board, I’m as passionate as ever about creating member value. I hope to help accomplish this by working together with the current team (which is fantastic) on year to year projects and new and fresh projects as well. I’m honoured to be given a chance to work with these people and want to do my best to contribute and make the profession of camp as successful as possible.
Emily Kalil brings a healthy dose of experience to the BCCA from camping perspectives all across Canada - At only the age of 7, Emily's dad put her on a plane from Calgary to Ontario, to Camp Tawingo. From that summer on, there was no turning back. Ten years as a camper, one year as a leader in training, and 5 years on staff, Emily had held positions including counselor, sports field director and her favorite, music director where she was able to direct 3 camp musicals. She then spent 3 years with the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, working as summer program coordinator and waterfront program facilitator.
Emily found a home at Camp Summit in Squamish, BC after a winter program in 2013. She then took on the role of the Assistant Outdoor Education Director where she was able to learn the ropes of what it takes to run a successful outdoor center. Her summer was spent with the senior campers of Summit, leading three canoe trips through the beautiful Powell Lakes of BC. In 2014, Emily took on the role of Director of Outdoor Education and Summer Senior Leadership Challenge Coordinator and has been loving life ever since.
Her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Spanish and French, has helped her to appreciate the importance of effective communication, and know that word meaning and word choice is the difference between misunderstandings and successful verbal exchanges. Her favorite parts about camp are staff training, the constant smell of nature, singing at campfires, and creating strong connections with kids. In her spare time Emily loves to run, play ultimate frisbee, do hot yoga, hike any mountain, or travel, preferably to Central America.
My education combined with my past work experiences have prepared me to lead the team at Evans Lake, as the Executive Director for the past 7 years. I have a degree in Art History & a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from BCIT. My past work experiences include 5 years aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines working with youth programs (it was so fun). 3 years in Whistler, in the role of Quality & Brand Assurance Manager for the Hilton Hotel. Followed by 2 years working for an event management company in Vancouver, both as the Marketing Coordinator and as an Event Manager. This year marks my sixth year of the BCCA Board. I am excited and honoured to be back in the role of BC Camping Conference co-chair, with Kristen and on this spectacular board team.
Kristen has been with Sasamat Outdoor Centre’s for the last five years as the Program Director. As one of those Ontario import’s, Kristen bring’s 8 years of experience from the Ontario camping world. After graduating with a degree from the University of Western Ontario, she spent a year abroad in Cape Town, South Africa working with Medicins Sans Frontieres on their fundraising team. Kristen spent countless summers as a camper and staff member at Sparrow Lake Camp, and Kristen also worked for a year in Adventure Therapy at Wendigo Lake Expeditions. Kristen is committed to continually improving industry standards for summer camps, and passionate about her work on professional development through the BC Camping Conference with Lauren. She looks forward to spending another year working with an excellent group of leaders in our province.
Paul Chatterton is the Program Director at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre. He has over 15 years experience in the outdoor education and adventure tourism fields and holds a degree in adventure tourism from Thompson Rivers University. Paul believes in actively contributing to community and coaches hockey, is on the board of Avalanche Canada and formerly sat on the board of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC. Paul is preoccupied with mountain biking and has ruefully accepted that he will never be faster than his two kids on cross country skis.
Member At Large
Bio Coming Soon!
Member At Large
Cody is a fresh face to the BC Camping world as he has just completed his first year as the Program Manager at Camp Luther. When Cody was 17, he experienced his first summer as Cabin Leader/Lifeguard and was hooked. Fast forward 6 summers spent at camp, a degree from TWU (a BFA in Acting), working with at-risk youth, directing + acting in shows across BC, landing in a marketing/business development job in a Construction Firm – Cody is now overjoyed to be doing what he loves: Camp Ministry. To the BCCA Board he brings experience on non-profit boards/committees, creative marketing & strategic thinking, how to make a-close-to-perfect cup of coffee and the desire to make BC Camps grow even stronger.