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.”
Riley Stone – Program Lead, Future Global Leaders and Overnight Camps
Riley graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2018 with a major in International Relations. After returning from an exchange term at Lund University in Sweden, she worked as a Live-In Monitor for the Future Global Leaders program in 2017. Last summer, she returned to Future Global Leaders as an Overnight Camps Coordinator, and is now the Program Lead for the 2019 program. She is passionate about providing an excellent experience for students visiting UBC!
Favourite Camp Memory: “Going on a day trip to Sea to Sky Gondola last summer, and getting to explore Vancouver’s beautiful backyard with the students and our staff team.”
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!
Hailey Craig – Program Assistant, Customer Relations
Hailey is going into her fifth year at the University of British Columbia majoring in Sociology with a minor in History. Hailey has a plethora of experience working in student leadership roles; she has worked with the UBC Residence Hall Association, the AMS of UBC, and UBC Camps! Hailey is very excited to work with UBC Camps again this summer and cannot wait to bring her passion and enthusiasm for student life to her new position as Program Assistant.
Favourite Camp Memory: “As a Live in Monitor I learned so much from the campers! It was an amazing experience living with students from all over the world! It was one of the best summers I have had!”
Jinny Jang – Program Assistant, Customer Relations
Jinny is going into her final year at the University of British Columbia, doing a Combined Major in Science. She loved working at the UBC Student Recreation Centre, where she was able to encourage and enhance the university experience for students and the community. This is her first time working with UBC Camps and she’s thrilled to bring her passion for university experience to the campers as a Program Assistant!
Favourite Camp Memory: “I don’t have a favourite memory yet but I have seen the work that goes into preparing for these camps. I’m very excited to see them come to life when the campers arrive!”
Oliver Hodda – Program Assistant, Finance & Logistics
Oliver completed his second year studying at UBC in the Bachelor of International Economics Program. Oliver has youth leadership experience coaching soccer in Australia and South Korea. He is now involved with UBC recreation and Intramurals. Oliver is enthusiastic about boosting office morale and making sure the always chaotic summer camp period runs smoothly!
Favourite Camp Memory: “Seeing kids improve and become confident. Kids who accomplish a goal that I had a part in is always so rewarding.”
Shakaed Greif – Program Assistant, Adventure & Varsity
Shakaed is graduating from UBC this year with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Sociology. Prior to working at UBC Camps Shakaed held different leadership roles in Vancouver, BC, including working for UBC Residence Life, UBC AMS, and UBC Annual Giving. She also has extensive experience working in summer camps and is excited to be apart of the UBC Camps community this summer!
Favourite Camp Memory: “Seeing the campers grow and gain confidence over the summer, and make camp memories that will last them for the rest of their lives!”
Violet Myles – Program Assistant, Marketing & Media
Violet, originally from Pennsylvania, is going into her third year at UBC in the faculty of Film Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. She’s interested in pursuing a career in new media journalism.
Favourite Camp Memory: “Canoeing on the lake!”
Maya Jokhi – Senior Instructor
Maya is entering the final year of her undergraduate degree at UBC majoring in Biology. Prior to working with UBC camps, Maya spent several years working in recreation and with youth; including 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 last summer and had a blast! She is very excited to kick off summer 2019!
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.”
Georgia Carswell – Senior Instructor
Georgia is going into her third year at UBC in the faculty of Kinesiology. During the school term, Georgia coaches soccer and multi-sport programs that aim to develop physical literacy and create positive sport experiences for children. She is very excited to be joining the UBC Camps team as a Senior Instructor this summer. She is looking forward to being able to help create wonderful summer camp experiences 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!”
Blair Smith – Overnight Program Coordinator, Housing & Staff Training
Blair graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2018 with majors in English Literature and History. After returning from a term on exchange at the University of Nottingham in 2017, he worked as a Senior Live-In Monitor for UBC Overnight Camps. He also has extensive experience working in student leadership roles with UBC Orientations, Residence Life, Intramurals, and the AMS of UBC. Blair is excited to bring his passion for the student experience to the Future Global Leaders program as an Overnight Program Coordinator this year.
Favourite Camp Memory: “Going to Victoria and Whistler with the Experience University Life Program in 2017. Taking the ferry to the Island and driving the Sea-to-Sky Highway are two must-sees for anyone visiting the Lower Mainland, and it was really awesome to see our students experience BC outside of the city.”
Daniel Bateson – Overnight Program Coordinator, Activities & Transportation
Daniel recently graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Plant and Soil Sciences. While attending UBC, Daniel was extensively involved with campus recreation and intramurals. He is passionate about working with other student leaders and is motivated to bring out the best in those around him. He loves sports, music, and getting outdoors!
Favourite Camp Memory: “My favourite camps memories all come from watching students and campers get excited and passionate about what they’re doing!”
Eugenia Liang – Overnight Program Coordinator, Activities & Airport
Eugenia is currently attending the University of British Columbia for a degree in Biology. After working as a Live-in Monitor for the Future Global Leaders for the past two summers, she is returning for her third summer with UBC Overnight Camps.
Favourite Camp Memory: “Watching the students form meaningful and lasting friendships with others from around the world.”
Kiana Fraser – Overnight Program Coordinator, Staff Training & Development
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 Day Camps for the past 4 summers and is excited to transition into her new role with Overnight Camps this year.
Favourite Camp Memory: “Last summer 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!”