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 currently sitting on the BC Camps Association Board of Directors. He is also the founder and Chair of the Board of a new independent school in Squamish. Coast Mountain Academy This 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, Summer Program Directo

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


 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 a retired sled dog and lives with Emily, Aaron and Phoenix (his sister). Rocky is an expert in program distraction, emotional support and well being. It is hard to say what he enjoys most; endless pats from great campers, soaking in sunshine or quietly staring down squirrels with Ralph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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