We believe youth should experience the positive benefits of recreation and the opportunity to build confidence, social, and life skills through tailored camps programming. We strive to ensure that each and every participant in a UBC Camps program has an exciting, educational and memorable experience. We are aware that camp experiences remain with individuals long into their adult years, making it vitally important that we ensure each and every one of our camp programs is delivered at highest possible quality.
Meet Our Team
Michael Carroll – Manager, UBC Camps
Michael attended the University of New Brunswick where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and his Bachelor of Education. After working with UNB for a number of years in event management, and teaching high school physical education and mathematics in Prince Edward Island, Michael traveled west to combine his two passions and is now the Manager of Sport and International Camps with UBC Athletics and Recreation.
Favourite Camp Memory: “I know this isn’t a specific answer, but I always love seeing our team of instructors create supportive and safe environments where campers can learn, explore, and have fun! Without our outstanding instructors UBC Camps wouldn’t exist!”
Emily Jacobson – Coordinator, UBC Camps
Emily is a graduate from the University of Toronto, majoring in Gender Studies and Equity Studies. Bringing years of experience working in day camp, overnight camp, after-school and drop-in settings, working as the Camps Coordinator at UBC enables her to do what she loves most: creating positive and engaging experiences for children and youth!
Favourite Camp Memory: “My favourite memories are witnessing campers who start out shy or uncertain come out of their shell. I think this transition really represents the power of camp: improved confidence, self-esteem and relationships skills.”
Molly Littleford – Program Lead, Day Camps
Molly attended the University of Texas where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion. Her passion is getting children excited to be active in the outdoors in new and stimulating ways. After working in Texas for a few years, her love of the mountains brought her to beautiful British Columbia where she hopes to enlighten parents about all the different summer offerings and get them and their kids excited for summer 2020.
Favourite Camp Memory: Working with kids in an aquatic/lake setting and seeing them go from being timid in the water to jumping off high dives/cliffs!
Kiana Fraser – Program Lead, Human Resources
Kiana graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Management and Organizational Studies specializing in human resources. She has worked with UBC Camps for the past 5 summers and is excited for the opportunity to combine her passion for working with youth and education background as the HR Lead of camps this year.
Favourite Camp Memory: “A couple of summers ago I dressed up as a princess and would go around and hang out with all of our younger camp groups. It was super fun seeing all the kids light up when they thought a princess had come to join their camp!
Adrian Greszata – Coordinator, Aquatics Centre Camps
Adrian attended the University of Toronto for a degree in child Psychology. After running the aquatic department for a private company for 5 years that taught swim and bike camps, Adrian found his new home at the UBC Aquatic Centre. With over 15 years in aquatics, Adrian still has the same passion for teaching, mentoring and swimming as he did when he started.
Favourite Camp Memory: “I don’t really have a favourite specific memory but I love seeing our instructors develop from fresh faces teaching their first classes to how they mature by the end of the summer and can handle any situation.”
Christina Donnelly – Coordinator, Thunderbird Sport Clubs
Christina graduated from the University of British Columbia 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environment & Sustainability. She was a dual sport athlete, competing in women’s soccer and alpine skiing for the UBC Thunderbirds. Christina has worked previously at the University in Student Development and Athletics & Recreation. In taking on the role of Sport Club Coordinator with UBC Recreation, Christina is thrilled to be able to support student athletes both in the classroom and in their respective sport environments!
Favourite Camp Memory: “I love seeing youth develop physical literacy throughout their time at camp! Seeing children develop a positive relationship with physical education and sport is so inspiring. It takes me back to my time as a camper where I really developed a love for all sports and working with others in teams!”
Chris Rumary – Coordinator, Fitness Programs
Bio coming soon!
Favourite Camp Memory: Coming soon!
Katharis Yau – Program Assistant, Customer Relations
Katharis is finishing off her final year at the University of British Columbia, where she is majoring in Speech Sciences and minoring in French. She enjoys teaching elementary and high school students and helping them reach their full potential. Katharis believes that camp experiences stay with children for a lifetime and is looking forward to providing campers and parents with the best camps experience possible.
Favorite Camp Memory: “Every camp is so special in that students have the opportunity to build a community. I love seeing how by the end of the summer, campers have made friends and see their instructors as role models. In some cases, I’ve gotten to see campers multiple years in a row – it is so rewarding to get to watch as they grow in confidence and ability!”
Maya Jokhi – Program Assistant, Customer Relations
Maya is a recent graduate from UBC’s Faculty of Science. Prior to working with UBC camps, Maya spent several years working in recreation and with youth; including working with UBC fitness and classes, teaching Red Cross swimming lessons, working as a lifeguard and working with the University of Victoria’s summer day camp program. Maya worked as a Senior Instructor the past two summers and had a blast, and is very excited to kick off summer 2020!
Favourite Camp Memory: “Learning how to portage a canoe when I was a camper! Later, having the opportunity to work with camps both as an instructor and an administrator and to help children create the glowing memories of camp that I am so fortunate to have.”
Matthew Lau – Program Assistant, Finance & Logistics
Matthew has completed 2 years of studying at Queen’s University in the Bachelor of Economics Program. He has worked the past two summers primarily as a Bike Hike and Adventure Camp instructor, and is excited to be a part of the admin team this year. Matthew is an outgoing and enthusiastic individual, who when not working on spreadsheets wants to bring a positive energy into the office. He is looking forward to becoming part of the administrative team and increasing his finance knowledge.
Favourite camp memory: “Whenever a child is able to push themselves out of their comfort zone or overcome a fear of theirs, it is always so rewarding to see how happy it makes them.”
Dyne Hong – Program Assistant, Marketing & Media
Dyne is a recent graduate from UBC with a degree in Psychology. She has previous experience teaching abroad and enjoys engaging with students in a classroom environment. All in all, she is a travel enthusiast who is excited to bring her creative touch to UBC Camps.
Favourite Camp Memory: “Capturing all the great moments at camp!”
Georgia Carswell – Day camp Supervisor
Georgia is going into her fourth year at UBC in the faculty of Kinesiology. Previously, Georgia coached soccer and multi-sport programs that aimed to develop physical literacy and create positive sport experiences for children. This is her second year with UBC Camps and she is looking forward to being able to help create a fun and safe summer camp experience for all the campers that attend!
Favourite Camp Memory: “What I remember most from summer camps is the amazing friendships that would form during a week of camp! Getting to go on adventures with new friends was one of my favourite parts of attending summer camps!”
Sydney Kucera – Head Instructor
Sydney is a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Geography. She has spent the past two summers at UBC camps as an instructor and has lead just about every camp UBC camps has to offer! She is very excited to be the head instructor this summer and to help make each camp a great success.
Favourite memory: “I don’t have a specific favourite memory from camps but I find it so rewarding to watch campers come back year after year and to have the opportunity help them grow in confidence and ability in the camps they participate in each summer.”