The team behind Evans Lake

Our Fulltime Staff

Evans Lake’s dedicated full time team is committed to ensuring our programs and services meet the highest standards for quality and safety. Our full time, year round team works both at our office in Vancouver and on site at Evans Lake.

Mollie Winter -

Program Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2017

Mollie Winter -

Program Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2017

Growing up among the trees in Tiny Township, Ontario, instilled in me a love of nature. I had a magical childhood. Summers were for camping, horseback riding, and pretending to be a Georgian Bay mermaid with my sisters. Winters were for nordic skiing. I trained and raced with Team Hardwood for several years before beginning to share my fascination with our natural and cultural heritage as an interpreter with Huronia Historical Parks and a natural heritage educator with Awenda Provincial Park.

I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia for several years while completing a combined honours degree in English and creative writing. When I finished my undergraduate degree, I returned to Ontario to coach cross country skiing and make skiing accessible for elementary school students as the Program Coordinator of a skiing in the schoolyard program. Still in love with words and stories, I then studied creative book publishing at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, before completing my Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. It was during my environmental education class and teaching placements that I realized I want a career that respects and encourages a love of the environment, including helping others forge nature connections. I then worked as the Educational Tourism Program Development Intern at the Elk Lake Eco Centre in northern Ontario, and I am delighted to continue my outdoor education experience in British Columbia.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Evans Lake team, and I especially look forward to helping expand winter educational programs and programs for the general public. I am excited to have fun growing together through programs that encourage discovery and respect our environment.

Sarah Walker -

Food Services Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2010

Sarah Walker -

Food Services Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2010

After a year break learning new skills in food services, Sarah is back and most excited to rejoin the Evans Lake team. Sarah has worked for Evans Lake for the past 7 years and is eager to share her love of food with you. When Sarah is not at camp, you can find her trekking all the awesome Squamish back country trails with her favorite four-legged companion Sasha, baking-always baking something, on a beach in Mexico or Hawaii-swimming-snorkelling-hunting for shells, watching cooking competition shows, searching for new recipes to try, playing cards with friends, in the garden attempting to sprout a green thumb or chilling on the couch watching favorite series like Vikings (best show ever!).

My favourite thing about Evans Lake- the beautiful surroundings, as I have always loved being in nature, all the people that I have met, guests & staff, from different walks of life and the challenge of  trying to satisfy all those peoples appetites!
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Kevin Berryman -

Facilities Supervisor

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2013

Kevin Berryman -

Facilities Supervisor

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2013

My first experience with Evans Lake was with the Junior Forest Wardens as a camper in 1965 and 1967. In 1973 I was a Cabin Councillor for 5 camps and then worked as part of the work party crew. Through the Junior Forest Wardens, I have used Evans Lake as the central site to teach children of all ages about forestry, woods travel and ecology. All 4 of my children and most of my step children, have experienced Evans Lake. And more recently my grandchildren come to summer camp. In my 32 year airline career I have used many experiences and lessons learned here at Evans Lake to be promoted. I started as a baggage handler, then load master and using the talents learned at Evans Lake, I was promoted to Senior Lead Instructor / Manpower Planner with Canadian Airlines and then Air Canada.

After retiring from Air Canada, I worked with Contemporary Security in their Communication Operations department during the 2010 Olympics and then again in Toronto during the G8 G20 world conference. I worked for Paladin Security services as a Security Guard for 2 ½ years.  I have also worked as a part time caretaker in our Condo apartment complex since 2008.

Over the years, I always wished I could return to work at camp, and here I am now. I spent the first 7 years of my life growing up in a logging camp, so it just makes sense that I will retire from an outdoor forestry camp in 7 years.

Conor Lorimer -

Director of Operations & Education

T: 604-294-2267 T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2007

Conor Lorimer -

Director of Operations & Education

T: 604-294-2267 T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2007

Ever since I played a game of Survival as a 9-year old in the Evans Lake forest – a game where each camper represents an animal seeking food & water and avoiding predators – I have been excited to share my enthusiasm for Evans Lake’s programs and get others involved. Having now participated in Evans Lake’s Leadership program, been a Volunteer, Cabin Leader, Instructor, Assistant Director, and now as the Program Director, I have a rich understanding of how to adapt our Forest Education programs to leave campers excited to explore forests!

Before joining Evans Lake as the Program Director I completed a double-major in Sociology & English Literature (UBC), and since then I have entered both the Photography Certificate Program (Langara), and the Advanced Project Management Certificate Program (Langara). Specific forest education initiatives that I am keen to have been a part of at Evans Lake include introducing new modules focused on Climate Change, Forest Tenure, Silviculture, Urban Forestry, Business & Marketing, Mensuration, Forest Ecology and Forest Certification. In 2011, we hosted our first Forest Education Symposium for Teachers (FEST) where we provided teacher-training and forest education modules that can be easily adapted to any classroom and taught in parks, remote forests, or right out the front-door of any school!

My diverse educational background and years of Evans Lake experience have helped me bring a balanced and well-rounded approach to our programs, and the management of our Summer and Winter Camps.

Lauren Marghetti -

Executive Director

T: 604-294-2267 M: 604-785-4291 Since 2011

Lauren Marghetti -

Executive Director

T: 604-294-2267 M: 604-785-4291 Since 2011

In grade four,  I had the pleasure of coming to Evans Lake for a week long program with my elementary school. I thought it was so magical and loved every second of it. When I turned 14, I returned to Evans Lake as a Camper. I was hooked! For the next 10 years I worked the camp programs, transitioning from work party to counsellor to instructor, first aid attendant and lifeguard. Evans Lake became my summer home and a huge part of who I am today.

After completing my undergraduate degree in Art History, I traveled abroad starting in my birthplace of Argentina. From there I joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines working with youth programs. After 5 years of working & travelling at sea, I moved to Whistler, working as the Quality & Brand Assurance Manager for the Hilton Hotel. It was in this role, that I learned the inner workings of the hotel including sales, food & beverage, catering, conference services and guest relations. In 2008, I returned to school and completed the Business Management program at BCIT. More recently, I worked for an event management company in Vancouver, both as an Event Manager, and as the Marketing Coordinator. I managed large corporate groups during the 2010 Olympic Games and handled the marketing initiatives including social media, website management and the creation of the promotional materials.

My education combined with my past work experiences have prepared me to lead the team at Evans Lake,  as the Executive Director. I am excited to grow the society, and to expand on the opportunities for children to discover the ‘Magic’ that is Evans Lake.

Board of Directors

The Evans Lake Forest Education Society Board of Directors is composed of volunteers, elected annually, at the Annual General Meeting held in April. The Board meets monthly to review the operations and financials of the Society.

Executives

Name

Role

Russ Paton Treasurer
Karen Marshall Past President / Secretary
Mike Manning President

Directors

Name

Chris Siddaway

Daniel Ward

Pat Damico

Matthew Brandon

Summer Camp Staff

Our 2017 program staff team members!

Henry

Cabin Leader

This will be my second summer coming up to Evans lake as a Cabin Leader but my 10th summer coming to camp. Camp is my second home and the adventures it brings keep me going all through the rest of the year. My favourite camp activity is overnight hikes because they really give you hands-on experience in the outdoors and views you get can’t anywhere else.  When I am not at camp I’m usually playing rugby or throwing the Frisbee!

Liam

Cabin Leader

This is my first time being a Cabin Leader at Evans Lake, though last year I volunteered as part of the Volunteer Work Crew and I was a camper for 5 years before that! Camp has become like a second home to me over the years, and what a place to have as a second home! If I’m not at camp, I’ll likely be on stage somewhere (either singing my heart out, acting, or dancing), or being a total geek with my friends. My favourite camp activity is without a doubt campfire, because everyone always has so much fun. I can’t wait to see many of you at camp this summer!

Ayela

Cabin Leader

This is my tenth year coming to Evans Lake, but my first as a Cabin Leader.  Camp is freeing and open and I love settling in with the day’s laughter and stories.  Besides the constant scrumptious food, my favourite thing about camp is the morning swims and the game “Stones.”

Sarah

Cabin Leader

Ever since I was eight years old, camp has been my home away from home. After spending half my life as a camper, I am so lucky to come back this summer as a cabin leader! I love camp because the community and environment make me feel like I can be my true self. My favourite things to do at Evans Lake are jam out on my guitar on the field or make friendship bracelets during Rec Time (sometimes both at the same time)!

Jacob

Cabin Leader

I’ve been coming to Evans Lake since I was eight years old. I love getting to know people through sharing stories and reliving awesome memories. The overnight hikes are my favourite part of any week at camp; nothing beats trekking through our beautiful forests with new friends!

 

Aidan

Cabin Leader

This will be my second summer at Evans Lake. Last year I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Volunteer Work Crew, which was an amazing opportunity! I love how all the staff and campers are committed to enjoying time with each other. There are many activities that I enjoy at Evans Lake, so it is very hard to pinpoint just one, but I have fun relaxing in the evening and telling stories after a full day of non-stop fun activities.

Ryan

Instructor

I am very much looking forward to my first summer at Evans Lake! There is something truly special about the natural environment here, and it is not hard to immediately feel at home when surrounded by so much natural beauty. There is endless opportunity for outdoor recreation in Squamish, and I can’t think of a better place than camp to find your passion and develop your skills. Overnight out-tripping at camp has got to be some of my most highly held memories—true adventure, education, and character building!

Kai

Cabin Leader

After being a vehement camper at Evans Lake for over seven years, I am super excited to be working my first summer as a cabin leader. I always loved the atmosphere at Evans Lake and the wonderful experiences that come with camp. My favourite camp activities include canoeing, hiking, forest games, and, of course, campfire

Cam

Volunteer Coordinator

Way back in 2007, I came to Evans Lake as a camper and I haven’t missed a summer since! Whether I was a camper, volunteer, Cabin Leader or Instructor, Evans Lake has been my summer home. Camp really is a place where you can make some of the closest friends imaginable. This year I am super excited to lead our stellar group of volunteers on a mission of making camp the best it can be! (And hopefully getting to sneak in and play a forest game or two).

Teagan

Cabin Leader

This will be my second summer returning as a cabin leader and I am beyond excited! Summer camp has been the only way I have spent my summer for as long as I can remember and I cannot wait for all the rock climbing, riddles, forest games, hikes and lifelong friendships that this year will bring. Find me out in a canoe on the lake or making friendship bracelets in the shade and I will try my absolute best to make you smile! See you up at camp this summer!!

Kaci

Cabin Leader

I have had the pleasure of attending Evans Lake for 5 years, last year was my second year as a member of the staff team. When i am not at camp, I am hiking, skiing or on the track playing roller derby. I am an avid outdoors person so the camp life is the life for me. My favourite Evans Lake experience is meeting all the campers and hearing all the stories they have to tell! 

Jasmin

Cabin Leader

My first time at Evans Lake was in 2010 with this being my 2nd year as a staff member. At camp I always feel at home whether I’m taking a dip in the lake or running around in the forest with friends. When I’m at Evans Lake my favourite thing to do is go on the beautiful hikes surrounding camp, exploring the unique ecosystems and making friends along the way

Gabrielle

Cabin Leader

I have been after coming to camp since I was eight years old and this will now be my second year as a cabin leader! I am super excited to be back at camp for another summer of random dance parties, crazy themed meals, polar bear swims and so much more! When I’m not at camp you can find me skiing, hiking and dancing all around Squamish. See you at the lake!

Sam

Cabin Leader

I have worked at Evans Lake as a Cabin Leader for two years now and I couldn’t be more excited to return! I’ve been a camper since I was 8 years old, and getting to meet awesome people is what brings me back every summer. My favourite thing to do at Evans Lake is to go for a swim on a hot day.  

Ella

Instructor

This will be my first experience of camp as I am coming all the way from Manchester in England. I might get a bit homesick, so I trust that my new camp buddies will keep me entertained 🙂  Back home you are most likely to find me making things and getting creative, climbing my local bouldering gym, or out walking with two excitable Labradors. I can’t wait to get outdoors, go exploring, and meet all of you wonderful Canadians!

Elora

Instructor

Hi everyone! This is my first summer at Evans Lake, but I have been working at camps all over Canada for three years. I can’t wait to spend the summer on the beautiful BC coast! Getting to live in the forest and meet amazing people is what makes camp my favourite place in the world. My favourite things to do at camp are have spontaneous dance parties, hug trees, and wear weird hats.

Ryan

Cabin Leader

Ever since I first arrived at Evans Lake a decade ago, I have loved everything this vibrant community has to offer. From heated riddle contests to serene afternoons by the water, my seven years as a camper are among my fondest memories. After a brief hiatus from Evans Lake, I am thrilled to be returning as a first time cabin leader! Outside of camp, you can find me on a potter’s wheel or, like every other cabin leader, soulfully playing acoustic guitar.

Temma

OAK & LIT Instructor

This is my second summer at Evans Lake, and I’m looking forward to my new role as an instructor and LIT instructor! I love living in a place where running through the forest to find a pool noodle, searching for bugs, jumping in the water first thing in the morning, and wearing costumes to dinner are normal everyday activities, and I can’t wait for the craziness of camp to start again. My favourite part of camp is the overnight hikes- nothing’s better than falling asleep at a beautiful campsite listening to owl calls and smelling like campfire after a long day of hiking, swimming, and setting up camp.

Katherine

Instructor

This is my fourth summer at Evans Lake, and I’m coming back this year as an Instructor. I’ve returned to Evans Lake year after year thanks to my fun and positive co-workers, as well as the camp loving kids that never cease to amaze me. My favourite camp activity is a canon ball competition down by the waterfront.

Lucas

Instructor & OAK Instructor

This will be my eleventh year up at camp and I can honestly predict it with be just as great as every other year I’ve come. Evans Lake has always been a second home and I can’t get enough of its fun, energetic, and crazy atmosphere. As for my favourite activity, nothing beats that first day’s game of stones!

Kana

Instructor

This summer will be my 9th one at Evans Lake, so I can honestly say that it is my second home. I love working here and getting to see all of the amazing memories and friendships that everyone makes throughout the summer. I really love seeing all the enthusiasm and energy that the campers and staff put into all the games, especially the craziness that is the first game of Stones! I can’t wait to see you all up at the lake! 

Cam

Cabin Leader

Hey! My name’s Cam. This is my eleventh summer at Evans Lake, and I couldn’t be more stoked to be a part of the amazing camp atmosphere! Evans Lake is one of the most inclusive places I’ve ever been to. I’ve created some lifetime friendships thanks to camp, and I can’t wait to make more! Themed hikes are one of my favourite parts about camp. If I’m not at Evans Lake, you can probably catch me singing some tunes or reading Harry Potter.

Josh

Assistant Program Manager

Since my first experience as a summer camper in 2007, the atmosphere, people, and beautiful scenery of Evans Lake has always brought me back. This with be my fifth staff season, and I am extremely excited to hold a new leadership position. I want to ensure that every camper enjoys our site and all our incredible activities, while making memories that will last a lifetime. Camp is a safe place where one can learn all there is to know about our British Columbian forests and have a blast at the same time.