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.

Georgina Philpott -

Administrative Coordinator

T: 604-294-CAMP Since 2023

Georgina Philpott -

Administrative Coordinator

T: 604-294-CAMP Since 2023

Having never attended Evans Lake as a camper, I did not realize the community I was joining when I first started working. As I have gotten to know more of the Evans Lake community, I feel so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. 

I graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Language, Literature, and Culture. I am passionate about environmental conservation and am excited to be a part of an organization that promotes outdoor education in youth. 

 

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.

Elsa Nygard -

Kitchen Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2024

Elsa Nygard -

Kitchen Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2024

From the farmland country in Ontario to the snowy hills in BC, Elsa grew up surrounded in food from her Parents plentiful gardens of veggies, honeybee farms, dads vineyard, corn and bean crops. All of this including neighbours of chickens and goats, She couldn’t help but be motivated into the culinary world.

Alongside this, Elsa picked up snowboarding in the cold season and as soon as she could ride down the hills with confidence, the mountains called her. Studying Culinary management at Fanshawe College in London Ont. , Elsa grew her palate working apprentice positions for various chefs ranging from Italy, Ireland, England and some French cuisine all the way to working in Australia helping with the pastry end at a resort.

Elsa loves to be involved in anything outdoors and has gotten herself caught up with rock climbing in the Squamish area for the summer. Going to various camps as a kid between horse training camps and forest adventure camps, Elsa grew an appreciation for the outdoor camp lifestyle. You will see Elsa around the kitchen and dining hall helping create the meals you will be enjoying whilst staying with us, as she has shifted into the role as the Kitchen Manager this season.

Sarah Walker -

Food Services Manager

T: 604-898-3832 Since 2022, 2010-2018

Sarah Walker -

Food Services Manager

T: 604-898-3832 Since 2022, 2010-2018

Sarah has been part of the food services at Evans Lake since 2010 working both as a cook and as the food services manager. In recent years, Sarah has returned to the role of Food Services Manager, taking over the planning, ordering and management of the staff. Sarah’s passion has always been cooking and baking, working in the industry for decades. Sarah’s main focus is to ensure each of our campers are well nourished and excited about what they are eating while at camp. 

Patrick Howlett -

Facility Caretaker

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2024

Patrick Howlett -

Facility Caretaker

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2024

This is my first year at Evans Lake and I look forward to working with a great team, supporting valuable forest education programs, and creating lasting memories. I’ve worked in several camp environments across the world and my favorite part will always be the dining hall. Good food, good friends, and if you’re lucky, a song or two with supper. Can’t beat it!

Derek Bambury -

Facilities Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2022

Derek Bambury -

Facilities Manager

T: 604-898-3832 (Camp) Since 2022

I am new to the Evans Lake community but was fortunate to enjoy the summer camp experience growing up in Ontario.  Speaking with the team at Evans Lake about the facility and its programming really brought those memories back and I am thrilled to be part of the team bringing those memories to others.  

Since 2014, I have been working with the District of Squamish as a utility operator maintaining the local water distribution system.  Prior to that, I spent many years working in the construction industry.  Growing up, I maintained golf and sporting facilities, and for one summer was a maintenance associate at a local summer camp.  I hope all these experiences will help me in my new role as the Facilities Manager at Evans Lake. I can only imagine the excitement and energy that fills camp at peak season and am looking forward to being a part of it.  Plus, I can’t wait to jump in that lake!”  

 

 

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 elementary school, I attended a week-long program at Evans Lake, discovering the magic of camp. I returned as a camper, eventually working in various roles for a decade. Evans Lake became my summer haven, profoundly shaping my identity.

Following the completion of my undergraduate degree in Art History at UBC, I embarked on international travel, starting in my birthplace of Argentina. Subsequently, I joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, where I contributed to youth programs for five years. Transitioning from a maritime career, I relocated to Whistler, assuming the role of Quality & Brand Assurance Manager for the Hilton Hotel. In this position, I gained comprehensive insight into hotel operations, sales, food & beverage, catering, conference services, and guest relations. In 2008, I pursued further education, completing the post graduate Business Management program at BCIT. More recently, my professional journey led me to an event management role in Vancouver, where I served as an Event Manager and Marketing Coordinator. 

The culmination of my education and diverse work experiences positioned me well to the role of Executive Director at Evans Lake. I am dedicated to leading our team, contributing to the growth of the society, and expanding opportunities for children to discover the enchantment that defines 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

Sarah Webb Secretary
Allison Dennert Treasurer
Chris Siddaway President
Russ Paton Vice President

Directors

Name

Brad Techy

Jessica Vielle

Sydney Bellack

Helena Fehr

Karen Marshall

Summer Camp Staff

Our Program staff team members are announced each spring.