Camp Summit's Management Team

Geoff Park

Owner / Senior Director

Geoff Park, (better known as "Parky"), is the founder and Director of Camp Summit. Since Summit invited its first campers in 1999, Parky has been there to build the camp into what it is today. He is very passionate about the outdoor summer camp experience and is excited to provide an opportunity for other kids to share the joy. As director, Parky is very committed to his staff, as well as, ensuring that each camper has a positive camp experience. Geoff attended the University of Waterloo in Recreation and Leisure studies. He has over 27 years of camping experience, ten of which include counselling and senior staff responsibilities at one of Ontario's strongest camping programs, Kilcoo Camp. As Director, Parky is very committed to his staff, as well as, ensuring that each camper has a positive camp experience. Geoff is very involved in the Squamish Community having sat on the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation and Tourism Squamish as well as various other committees. He is also behind the founding of a new independent school in Squamish. Coast Mountain Academy will enable Parky to impact the development of youth year round in an educational setting. Parky's experiences as a trip leader, combined with his work instructing skiing, swimming, physical fitness and outdoor education are great assets to camp life. Geoff’s wife Daphne is a school teacher and supports his enthusiasm and commitment to youth and Camp. They are also the proud parents of Maya, born November 2006 and Campbell, born August 2010. They also welcomed Ralph the dog into the family in November 2011.

You can reach Geoff by email at geoff@campsummit.ca
 

 

 

Emily Kalil

Director of Outdoor Education Centre

At only the age of 7, Emily's dad put her on a plane from Calgary to Ontario, to Camp Tawingo.  From that summer on, there was no turning back.  Ten years as a camper, one year as a leader in training, and 5 years on staff, Emily had held positions including counselor, sports field director and her favorite, music director where she was able to direct 3 camp musicals.  She then spent 3 years with the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, in Nova Scotia and Alberta, working as summer program coordinator and waterfront program facilitator.

Emily found a home at Camp Summit after a winter program in 2013. She then took on the role of the Assitant Outdoor Education Director where she was able to learn the ropes of what it takes to run a successful outdoor center. Her summer was spent with the senior campers of Summit, leading three canoe trips through the beautiful Powell Lakes of BC. In 2014, Emily took on the role of  Director of Outdoor Education and Summer Senior Leadership Challenge Coordinator and has been loving life ever since.

Her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Spanish and French, has helped her to appreciate the importance of effective communication, and know that word meaning and word choice is the difference between misunderstandings and successful verbal exchanges. 

Her favorite parts about camp are staff training, the constant smell of nature, singing at campfires, and creating strong connections with kids.  Emily brings a healthy dose of experience and lots of love for kids to the Summit team.

In her spare time Emily loves to run, play ultimate frisbee, do hot yoga, hike any mountain, or travel, preferably to Central America. She loves El Salvador where she spent one year teaching English at an orphanage and eating lots of pupusas, the national food.

You can reach Emily by email at  emily@campsummit.ca

 

 

Jen Brown

Office Manager & Camp Registrar

Jen started her career at Camp Summit in 2008 as the Biking Instructor, she took our biking program to new heights and left an indelible mark on that program which is still visible each year. Jen then moved into a senior staff role and has been our Program Director for the past 4 years. She has worked 6 seasons in our Outdoor Education Centre and spends a minimum of 3-4 days a month in the office through the Winter months helping to develop programs, schedule and support our Camp Management Team. Her extensive knowledge of Camp Summit, organizational skills and immense passion for Camp will make for a seamless transition into her role as Office Manager & Camp registrar!

You can reach Jen by email at jen@campsummit.ca


 

 

 

Aaron Ratko

Program Director

Aaron has been part of camping and outdoor education for the past 14 years. His camp career began teaching and leading school and corporate
groups at a Leadership Training Centre. Being an annual volunteer at the Ontario Student Leadership Conference continued his work with youth during the school year while attending University. He left Ontario after graduating his studies in the field of Outdoor Recreation at Brock University to start his first contract as an Intern in Whitehorse, YT with the National Outdoor Leadership School Yukon Branch. After spending some time in Alberta teaching ecology and environmental studies with the YMCA Rocky Mountain Branch he came to Camp Summit looking for a new place to call home. Aaron’s experience in outdoor recreation and education, combined with his love and admiration for Canada has kept him exploring his own backyard. His passion and energy for working with youth combined with his infinite interest in BC canoeing and campfires-he loves those things, has kept Aaron with us. We are thankful to have Aaron with us for another year in a role of leadership amongst our full time management team.

You can reach Aaron by email at   aaron@campsummit.ca

 

 

Gary Stamper

Site Manager

Gary is from Cumbria (the Lake District) in England. Alongside his full time job he spent twelve years in the Army Cadet Force running all sorts of outdoor activities. Then through the assistance of the Toronto based company Nyquest, he worked at Camp Winabiegoue for 3 months as the rifle Head. After a short return home, he decided to come back to Canada and found Camp Summit again through Nyquest. His extensive tripping and outdoor skills are used here at Camp Summit. Gary has been an integral part of our program team managing our ropes course for a number of years. After two years at Summit on program staff, Gary is entering his 5th year as our year round site manager.

You can reach Gary by email at  gary @campsummit.ca

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Doak

Base Camp Director

Vanessa Doak arrived at Camp Summit in the Fall of 2008 in search of change, challenge and leadership growth. Since that date she has become an outstanding addition to the Camp Summit team.

As the Base Camp Director Vanessa has the incredible opportunity of welcoming our 4-6 year old campers to their first experience at Summer Camp! Vanessa has brought the Base Camp program to Camp Summit and it has continued to thrive under her leadership. Among Vanessa's strengths is her ability to work with young leaders and develop genuine connections with campers; she was a camper, Leader-in-Training (L.I.T), Counsellor, L.I.T. Director and Assistant Director at Camp Bellaleo (Fergus, Ontario). Vanessa has worked in the Outdoor Education centre at Camp Tanamakoon (Algonquin Park, Ontario), was a member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) Human Resources Committee since 2007 and was the OCA's recipient of the Ron and Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership Award in 2008. Along with speaking engagements which include: THINKcamp, OCA Counsellor Conference, OCA annual conference, International Camping Congress in Quebec City as well as the British Columbia Camping Association's annual conference. Vanessa has passionately brought to Camp Summit, this wonderful ability to shape and mold young leaders with excellent leadership sessions on the many dimensions needed in camp leadership today.Vanessa is a graduate from Ryerson University, Toronto, with a degree in Social Work (BSW). Her teaching template was an "anti-oppression" framework which carries over beautifully into camp life.Vanessa lives in Squamish with her loving husband Darren and her twins Axel and Mackenzie and continues to be a valued member of Summit’s team. She is extremely excited for next summer and is committed to sharing her passion and love for children’s camping with all she encounters, “changing the world one camper at a time”.


 

 

 

Camp Summit's Dogs

Ralph: The Park Family dog. An Australian Labradoodle born in November 2011. Ralph enjoys chasing squirrels, digging holes and finding places he can get wet.
Rocky:

Rocky is an old soul with a big heart. He is Aaron's, our Program Director's partner in-crime when it comes to program management. It is hard to say what he enjoys more, plenty of pets, soaking in the sunshine OR staring down Squirrels with Ralph.

Dalhousie: Marty's Dog. He is a real looker, a descendent of the Ewoks from Star Wars. Dalhousie enjoys hanging on Marty's porch, long walks and watching M.A.S.H reruns.

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Camp Summit's Management Team - Squamish|Whistler, BC, Canada