Meet the Get Outside BC team for 2016!
Kate is one of the lead coordinators for Get Outside BC. She will be teamed up with Michele to facilitate the camp and train the young leaders.
Kate's love of nature and adventure all began when she first climbed the maple tree outside of her house. That tree soon became her castle on a mountain, her boat to explore the high seas and a spaceship to visit the stars. Whether it was watching thunderstorms roll in on the big, prairie skies, or canoeing across the lake and river systems of Manitoba, Kate has always been excited to get outside to play and learn from nature!
Kate is passionate about connecting people to the nature that surrounds them, and working to protect the environment now and for future generations. As the Community Engagement Coordinator for CPAWS-BC, she plans and facilitates numerous province-wide environmental leadership programs. She brings this passion for conservation, passion for outdoor play and curiosity about nature to Get Outside BC. She is a trained facilitator, dynamic educator and an experienced mentor for youth.
Michele is the lead youth coordinator for Get Outside BC. She works with Kate to design and implement GOBC programming for the outdoor leadership camp and subsequent phases of the program.
Michele grew up camping, adventuring and exploring BC’s majestic mountains and playing in the cold oceans and dense forests of North America’s beautiful coastlines. Thai-Canadian, she has also made her home in the urban jungles of Bangkok and learned to appreciate nature in all of its form. Michele has a deep-seated love for environmental stewardship and connecting people to nature. She is also passionate about finding the intersections between environmental issues and social change, and incorporates her continual learning into her work with Get Outside BC. Michele is an experienced facilitator of authentic youth engagement, community builder and lifelong learner. She loves working with people of all ages and is constantly interested in the stories they tell.
Michele is currently studying Geography – Environment and Sustainability at UBC, with a focus on Indigenous histories and traditional ecological knowledge. Throughout the year, she works as a Junior Facilitator with Metro Vancouver’s Youth 4 Action team, which works to bring young people’s ideas for sustainability into action. She is very excited to be co-planning and facilitating a second Get Outside BC program with Kate!
Meet the fantastic volunteers who are the Hub Coordinators for each community project! These volunteers mentor local youth through each phase of the GOBC project.
Lori is the Kimberley Hub Coordinator. She works with current participants and GOBC alumni to create outdoor events for youth in the Kimberley/Cranbrook region.
Lori Joe was born and raised in the Kootenay’s, and like many Kimberley kids she spent many days camping, fishing and skiing in amongst the magnificent Rocky and Purcell Mountains. This natural love of the outdoors and nature would see Lori perusing a few “dream jobs”, one of which was working as a Back-country Ranger for BC Parks. Lori had the pleasure of spending time in both Akamina-Kishinina and Bugaboo Provincial Parks.
Lori Joe works for Summit Community Services Society, a local non-profit in Kimberley, BC. She loves to work and inspire youth to become leaders in their community, and she especially loves seeing youth connecting to nature.
This will be Lori’s 4th year working as a regional coordinator for GOBC. She especially enjoys teaching youth how to partner with local parks and recreation groups to leverage outdoor opportunities for youth.
Lori is so excited to meet all the new “natural leaders” this July, and looks forward to hearing about their plans to connect youth to the great outdoors!
Nicole is the Kelowna Hub Coordinator. 2016 marks her 3rd year with GOBC! She looks forward to another great year supporting Kelowna youth as they get the community outside!
Nicole grew up mainly in Alberta, camping and fishing with her family. A love of all animals guided her school choices. Nicole ended up in Kelowna for her university years, eventually graduating with a degree in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University in Sooke.
Nicole now lives and works in Kelowna. She is a park interpreter with the Regional District of Central Okanagan and, quite simply, has one of the best jobs in the world. However the “bestest” job ever is being a mom to two awesome little kids; a girl who is almost 8 and a boy, who is 1.5 years old.
This is Nicole’s second year as the regional coordinator in the Central Okanagan area for Get Outside BC. She loves the chance to work with youth. Nicole loves meeting new people and can’t wait to get to know the newest Kelowna Hub participants!
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