I am grateful to live in a region rich in natural beauty and green spaces. No matter how busy and hectic my life becomes I can always find peace, tranquility and beauty in a park. My hope is to continue building on our legacy of Regional Parks for the enrichment of children of today and the generations that follow.
CTS was a major part of my life growing up. It allowed me to play, learn, and connect with others in nature. Nothing makes me happier than seeing myself in others as they reconnect with the world that has always surrounded them. I want to bring out the childish curiosity that everyone has within them.
I am a recent graduate who studied Environmental Studies and Urban Geography. Two summers ago, I was a Mentorvisor at Catching the Spirit, and loved every moment of it. I've worked in various youth empowerment and sustainability positions, such as an Education Program Team Member at the Malaysian Social Research Institute, a Sustainability Residence Education Community Leader at the University of Victoria, and the Communications Assistant and Events Support for the School of Environmental Studies.
I’ve loved Catching the Spirit since 2014! I started off as a participant and found such an amazing community within CTS, from there I went on to become a Peer Leader for 3 summers and gained so many skills with working with youth and in the outdoors. I am currently studying Environment & Business at the University of Waterloo in their honours and co-op program. I have worked and volunteered in other summer camps and outdoor programs for youth. I recently had a co-op term working with Parks Canada on their learn to camp team, where we ran programs educating potential campers on how to safely and respectfully enjoy life outside. I love the outdoors and am passionate about making nature more accessible to young people in order to foster their love for caring for the planet.
Erin has lived in Vancouver for over 5 years, where she studied International Relations and Environmental Literacy. Recently she completed an internship on an organic farm in Surrey, which ignited a love for growing food and led her to work with youth in school gardens. Erin has a love for outdoor adventures- big and small- and bringing people together.
At the University of Alberta, I pursued an Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy (mostly for fame and fortune) but spent my summers working at summer camps. It was here in BC, on Gambier island, that I discovered a passion for getting people playing outside. Luckily enough, this love for the outdoors has taken me from the Sunshine Coast to the "Ancient East Coast" of Ireland. In my spare time, I like to go backcountry camping, make wild berry jams, and pretend I'm better at basketball than I really am.
Jocelle Refol has been involved with CTS for the past year. Last summer, she worked as a Mentorvisor and experienced one of the best summers ever! She enjoys camp vibes (smores and riddles), jumping into nature, and creating last memories. Prior to CTS, she has always loved volunteering and mentoring youth, especially in her position as a Program Facilitator with YWCA Vancouver.