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 onsite at Evans Lake.

Row Burke -

Program Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2021

Row Burke -

Program Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2021
Ever since age six I have attended overnight summer camps. All it took was one campfire song and I knew I wanted to be a camper for life. Growing up through the camp community has provided me with so many amazing experiences and the excitement and the magic of camp and nature has been something I’ve never been able to forget.  I have carried it with me throughout everything I do.

In post-secondary, I studied early childhood education (ECE) and then paramedicine, but my passion for outdoor education kept pulling me back to the camping world. Before joining Evans Lake, I worked at a number of camps and outdoor centres throughout Ontario in a variety of different positions, ranging from program instructor to camp nurse. But from the moment I heard about Evans Lake I knew it was the place for me.  Being able to combine my love of nature and education has me so excited!

My educational background and lifetime of camp experience has helped prepare me for the role of Program Manager, and I am so excited to learn and grow with Evans Lake.

David Woolfall -

Food Services Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2018

David Woolfall -

Food Services Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2018

We are happy to have David joins the Evans Lake family, in the role of Food Services Manager. David comes to us from Furry Creek Golf Course, where he held the position of Executive Chef. David’s extensive food services background, coupled with witty English humour, makes him the perfect fit for our team.

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

Allison Dennert Treasurer Co-chair
Chris Siddaway President
Russ Paton Treasurer Co-chair
Karen Marshall Secretary

Directors

Name

Sydney Bellack

Anitra Paris

Helena Fehr

Lesley Gunning

Summer Camp Staff

Our 2022 program staff team members will be announced in the spring.