As talented in the outdoors as they are adventurous, we hire the best outdoor leadership instructors to create an amazing summer experience for our campers.
Jeff Willis, Owner, Founder
Since 1991, Jeff (aka Willy), has been developing and leading various camps, expeditions and outdoor programs throughout Canada, Japan, Germany and the Arctic. His love of outdoor education coupled with formal training and years of experience in youth and family work led him to create Fireside Adventures. He is the quintessential camp director – an energetic leader, creating meaningful experiences for campers and having a load of fun along the way!
Jess Dick, instructor
Jess Dick is thankful for her small town start to life in Alberta, Canada. It was on horseback she quickly developed a sense of adventure, a strong work ethic and respect for nature. When she finally climbed down from the saddle, Jess found herself on a volleyball court. An amazing opportunity to play university ball arose in New Hampshire, USA where she graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science: Soil and Watershed Management. Jess set off to India to volunteer on farms; this one-way ticket resulted in six years in numerous Asian countries, where she worked as an ESL teacher, SCUBA Divemaster, travel writer and experiential education instructor. These experiences allowed her to become deeply connected to nature, increase her understanding of self, and create a passion for her to share her knowledge with others. With a recent transition back to Canada, Jess wants to better understand, support, grow and explore the local cultures.
lenaya sampson, instructor
Lenaya is from the Nlaka’pamux Nation located in the Fraser Canyon where the Fraser River meets the Thompson River. She has been with Fireside Adventures for over 7 years first as a camper and now as a guide. Lenaya has also participated in a week long leadership course through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS ) in 2017. Lenaya is an advocate for youth having access to outdoor experiential education and leadership training. She believes that building a connection with the land will give youth confidence, and allow for propelled self-development. Lenaya is graduating UBC this year with an Arts degree in human geography and literature.
josie moore, Instructor
Josie is a secondary school teacher who lives and plays in Squamish, BC. She currently works at the Sea to Sky Alternative School, a small learning community focused on attachment and engagement. Josie has worked in outdoor education for 12 years as a program facilitator and guide, for organizations such as Outward Bound, The YMCA, and Fireside Adventures, and is currently working towards a Graduate Diploma in Nature-Based Experiential Learning through Simon Fraser University. Her personal and professional passions are closely aligned, and generally focus on community building and connection to the natural world, as well as re-engaging traumatized and at-risk youth with the outdoors, and using nature as a tool to address and heal the effects of trauma on the body and mind. Josie loves to mountain bike, hike, ski and canoe, and act as an advocate for females of all ages in the outdoors.
Carmen Chandler, instructor
Carmen Chandler Torontian by birth, west coaster by choice is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Teacher Education program. With a passion for nature and the great outdoors Carmen spends a lot of her time exploring, learning, and teaching. She has volunteered with Girl Guides of Canada, specifically with the Trex program for 3 years running outdoor programs all over Vancouver island and the lower mainland. Other experiences include working in international summer camps, community centre after school programs, Indigenous camps, and as an intern with Outward Bound Canada. The idea of Paying it Forward is one of the biggest driving factors for Carmen's passion for Outdoor Education. As a teenager Carmen had the opportunity to take part in many different experiences. Being a part of the Fireside team is her chance to facilitate similar life changing experience for the next generation of youth.
Allie Livesey, instructor
Allie has been playing in the dirt since she was a little sprout. Her love of the natural world has taken her in many directions (including up many mountains!) She has spent many years caretaking the land by working on organic farms, creating gardens, wandering through the woods, and wildcrafting. Over the past few years, her love of plants has taken root and bloomed into the world of herbalism. She is passionate about exploring and sharing the uses of the plants that inhabit our world, and creating dynamic learning environments to share this spark with others. When she’s not out exploring the forest, Allie has worked in youth centers, YMCA day camps, girls empowerment groups, after school programs, and is currently working at a nature connection and education centre in Ontario. She loves to bring people of all ages outside! She hopes that through her work with Fireside Adventures she can help others foster a deep connection and relationship with themselves, each other and with the land.
Daniel Macías Barajas - Latin American Sales Coordinator
Daniel creció en el mundo del campismo, de niño atendió campamentos en México y Estados Unidos. Daniel tiene un Master en Gestión y Dirección de Centros Educativos por la Universidad de Barcelona. Sus veranos de estudiante los pasó siempre trabajando como miembro del staff en varios campamentos en Estados Unidos, Canadá, Alemania y España. Desde 2007 dirige la corporación International Camps Network a través de la cual gestiona recursos y fomenta la promoción de una vasta red de Centros Educativos al Aire Libre especializados en técnicas de Aprendizaje a través de la Experiencia. Entre los programas que dirige se encuentran Camp Europe y Camps Canada, éste último programa fortaleció los lazos con Fireside Adventures para crear una sinergia donde Daniel es ahora oficialmente el coordinador para Latinoamérica de Fireside Adventures. Y está muy emocionado por ello!
Sophie Hong Truong
Sophie graduated with a Diploma of Teaching and has gained many experience in education field for the past years. She loves spending time outdoors with students. Sophie has always wished to introduce not only the beauty of Canada’s nature but also the thrilling, rewarding Fireside Adventure Camping Programs to everyone in Southeast Asia. Fluent in both English and Vietnamese, Sophie will be a great helper to provide you with many useful information about various Fireside Adventure Programs.
We hire the best instructors to lead all our summer camps. The same qualified staff lead, teach and guide for the entirety of each program, ensuring consistency for campers. Our instructors must have the following:
• Valid driver's license
• Wilderness first aid and/or First Responder training
• Lifeguarding (at least one instructor per program will have this)
• Outdoor wilderness training
• Criminal record check
• Post secondary education
• English-teaching ability (for ESL camps)
Each camp will have one to two interns who are Fireside Alumni
Ratio: 1 instructor/intern per 8 campers